Department of Education

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What We Do

The Education Division establishes programs to provide financial and supportive services to Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal members in support of their educational goals. We provide for effective communication and dissemination of Tribal information to the Tribal population.

Contact Information

W9814 Airport Rd
P.O. Box 667
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Phone (715)284-4915 ~ 800-362-4476

School Community Relations

Our goal is to assist Native American students and their families to access programs and services provided by their local school districts, the Ho-Chunk Nation, and/or Johnson O’Malley to promote academic excellence and perpetuate and preserve the cultural values, history, and language.

Baraboo-Dells Area

Chair Person – Monica Littlegeorge
Vice Chair – Annette Crowder
Secretary – Nivy Funmaker

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is Melody Gesicki who can best be reached at Melody.Gesicki@Ho-Chunk.com

Black River

Chair Person – Pine Giroux, girouxpj@gmail.com
Vice Chair – Quincy Garvin, caaseep.tekuhiminiwi@gmail.com
Secretary – Karie Decorah, Karie.Decorah@ho-chunk.com
Treasurer – Leslie Falcon, leslie.Falcon@ho-chunk.com

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is John Dick who can best be reached at John.Dick@Ho-Chunk.com

Dane County

Chair Person – Rachel Byington, r.byington@gmail.com
Vice Chair – Cassandra Smith, smith.baca@gmail.com
Secretary – Nancy Saiz, nfrusaiz@icloud.com
Treasurer – lanarfox@gmail.com

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is Austin Domenget who can best be reached at Austin.Domenget@Ho-Chunk.com

Eau Claire

Chair Person — Angel Littlewolf
Secretary – Shannon Mason-Young

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is Austin Domenget who can best be reached at Austin.Domenget@Ho-Chunk.com

La Crosse

Chair Person – Adam DeNasha, Adam.DeNasha@ho-chunk.com
Vice Chair – Sara Whitewater, sarajanewhitewater@gmail.com
Secretary – Henry Greengrass, Henry.Greengrass@ho-chunk.com

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is John Dick who can best be reached at John.Dick@Ho-Chunk.com

Nekoosa

Chair Person – Heather Redcloud
Vice Chair – Melanie McDonald
Secretary – Hilary Rucinski

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is John Dick who can best be reached at John.Dick@Ho-Chunk.com

Osseo

Chair Person — Nyree Kedrowski
Secretary – Denise Redbird

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is Austin Domenget who can best be reached at Austin.Domenget@Ho-Chunk.com

Tomah

Chair Person— John Heser
Vice Chair – Deana Mitch, Deana.Mitch@ho-chunk.com
Secretary – Savannah Shegonee
Treasurer – Stormy Perry

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is Austin Domenget who can best be reached at Austin.Domenget@Ho-Chunk.com

Wisconsin Rapids

Chair Person – Cat Pidgeon
Vice Chair – Earl Lemieux
Secretary – Nicole Pidgeon

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is John Dick who can best be reached at John.Dick@Ho-Chunk.com

Wittenberg

Chair – Jamie Decorah
Vice Chair — Kristi Block
Treasurer—Amanda Seymer

The Ho-Chunk Nation government contact for this area is Melody Gesicki who can best be reached at Melody.Gesicki@Ho-Chunk.com

Forms and Information

Applications

Pre K-12 Application

Documents

JOM Areas

Policies

Grant Guidelines 

Contact Information

School Community Relations Director
W9814 Airport Road
P.O. Box 667
Black River Falls WI 54615 (715)284-4915

Cultural and Community Education

The Cultural and Community Division consists of the Financial Literacy, Indigenous Arts and Sciences, and Seek Educational Equity & Diversity (S.E.E.D). If you would like more information on these programs click the link below

Financial Literacy

The Ho-Chunk Nation Financial Literacy Program will provide an online introduction to financial topics that will better prepare Ho-Chunk enrolled juniors and graduating seniors, and those enrolled members who have not yet received their trust funds for a successful financial future. Through a proactive approach, the Ho-Chunk Nation Financial Literacy Program will work to empower our enrolled members to make knowledgeable choices with their finances as adults.

Indigenous Arts and Sciences

Mission
To engage educators and learners of all ages and backgrounds in community-based ecological restoration for healthy environments.

Vision
For communities across the world to be actively engaged in ecological restoration that connects people to the land and each other through a commitment to stewardship.

Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity (S.E.E.D.)

SEED is a peer-led professional development program that promotes change through self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue and builds capacity for more equitable curriculum, campuses, workplaces, and communities.

In their local, year-long SEED seminars, SEED Leaders and Colleagues use their own experiences and those of their students and children to widen and deepen school and college curricula and make communities more inclusive.

SEED’s unique methodology involves:

  • Facilitation ongoing, structured, group conversations in which all voices can be heard.
  • Examining how our own stories relate to social systems.
  • Learning from the lessons of our own lives as well as from texts.
  • Turning oppression and privilege into agency and action.

Disabilities Division

Our mission is to provide disability advocacy services to Ho-Chunk children and adult students with disabilities so they may access the general education curriculum and benefit from specialized instruction, related services, academic adjustments or reasonable accommodations under the individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Services:

Direct Case Management
Advocacy, Referral, Transition

Training
Parent, Tribal Programs, District Collaboration

Technical Assistance
Accommodations and Procedural Questions

Contact Information

Disabilities Division
W9814 Airport Road
P.O. Box 667
Black River Falls WI 54615 (715)284-4915

Ee Cooni Learning Center

Hoocak Ee Cooni pilot program will educate the future guardians of the Hoocak Language and culture by building a bridge of knowledge between the timeless teachings of the past, present and future.

Vision Statement

Hoocak Ee Cooni pilot program will educate the future guardians of the Hoocak Language and culture by building a bridge of knowledge between the timeless teachings of the past, present and future.

Contact and Location Information

Contact: (715) 284-4915 ~ (800) 362-4476

Location: W9814 Airport Rd, P.O. Box 667 Black River Falls, WI 54615

Head Start

The Ho-Chunk Head Start Program embraces each family’s individuality, and fosters each child to grow physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, and spiritually.

Locations

Ahuco
321 Epoch
Tomah, WI 54660
(608) 372-6669

Cex Haci
4910 Winneshiek Lane
Nekoosa, WI 54457
(715) 886-4750

Ho Chunkgra
W8802 Mission Rd
Black River Falls, WI 54615
(715) 284-2311

Neenk Chunkgra
E8873 Winneshiek Dr
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-4227

Puzaki Pei Cinak
N7293 Low Cloud Rd
Black River Falls, WI 54615
(715)284-3331

Wipamanker’da
W18005 Witt-Burn Townline
Wittenberg, WI 54499
(715) 253-3826

Forms and Information

Head Start Application Request Form 201920R
Head Start Brochure 2018 - 2019

Contact

(715) 284-4915

Staff

Higher Education Division

The Higher Education Division is to provide guidance and financial assistance to Ho-Chunk members who intend to pursue a post secondary education. Scholarships are granted as a privilege with the intent that graduates will return to the Ho-Chunk Nation to use their knowledge and expertise to protect and strengthen the economic self-sufficiency and sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Ho-Chunk Nation Scholarship Program

The Ho-Chunk Scholarship Program provides financial resources to help enrolled Ho-Chunk members complete a progressive post secondary degree. The recipients must attend a nonprofit Title IV regionally accredited institution. The Ho-Chunk Scholarship Program is intended for students working toward degree completion.

Financial Aid and Tax Filing Statement

In order to receive a Ho-Chunk Nation Scholarship, students are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with accurate information. Accurate information includes a declaration of all funds acquired from Ho-Chunk gaming revenue (e.g. per capita) and the full value of the student’s Children’s Trust Fund, if applicable. Failure to completely and accurately file one’s taxes and/or FAFSA will make any student ineligible for a Ho-Chunk Nation Scholarship until such discrepancies are resolved.

Forms and Information

Higher Education Application

2019 - 2020 Scholarship Application
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Documents/ Notices

Per Capita Payment Notice
Per Capita Information - Department of Justice

Forms

College Access Program
CDIB Request Form - Enrollment Office
Special Request Form
W-9 Tax Form

Higher Education Policies

2019 - 2020 Academic Year
2017 - 2018 Academic Year
2016 - 2017 Academic Year

Important Links

Other Scholarships:
Cobell Scholarship
Indian Health Service Scholarship (IHS)

Resources:
College Navigator
Wisconsin University Transfer Wizard
Pre-College Summer Law Institute
Vocational Rehabilitation for Native Americans (VRNA)
American Indian College Fund (AICF)
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
Wisconin Online Bachelor Degree Program

Student Portal Access