Heritage Preservation

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Department of Heritage Preservation

Research, archive, protect, conserve, and perpetuate the traditional and natural resources of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Notice from the HCN Office of Tribal Enrollment

Wisconsin state law recognizes Identification cards issued by a federally recognized Indian tribes in Wisconsin to be used as a proof of ID for voting purposes. On April 3rd, 2018, Wisconsin Senate Bill 488 was enacted expanding the scope of usage to include, without penalty, for the purchase of alcohol, nicotine (tobacco) products, sale of nonferrous scrap or metal articles to scrap dealers, sales of secondhand articles or jewelry to pawnbrokers, and for obtaining certain prescribed controlled substances. In an effort to promote the integrity of the Tribal Identification Card, and of our Ho-Chunk Nation in general, The HCN Enrollment Division will implement a Tribal ID Card Issuance Policy as follows:

Requirements for all TID Cards (first-ID, expired, duplicate, minor’s)

  • One of the following identification documents must be provided when a card is first issued. You must present the documents at Renewal (i.e. “expired”), and for a Duplicate if they are not in your record.
    • Valid driver’s license, valid state ID card, temporary driver’s licenses
    • Military Identification Card
    • US Federal Passport
    • Certified Birth Certificate
    • Certified Marriage License (for name change purposes)
    • ID documents will be copied to the electronic enrollment record and returned with an exception to expired tribal ID cards (which will be destroyed)
  • Current mailing & physical addresses must be verified and updated (when necessary)
  • Name Change documents (if applicable)
    Tribal ID Cards will be valid for a period of five (5) years

Minor TID Cards

  • Minors must be accompanied by a Parent/Legal Guardian
  • Legal Guardianship documents must be on file or provided before any TID can be issued
  • A Request for Information Form must be completed and must include at least two (2) out of the three (3) pieces of identifying information:
    • Last four (4) of minor's Tribal Enrollment Number
    • Minor's Date of Birth or
    • Last four (4) of minor's Social Security Number

Duplicate TID Cards (applies to valid card holders only)

  • ID documents must already be on file
    • If ID documents are not on file you must provide them
    • For those with ID documents on file it may not be necessary to show proof again at the time of print
  • Card Expiration Date(s) will remain the same as when the TID Card was initially issued (at the time of renewal or first-time issuance)
  • Photos and signature retakes are not necessary but can be requested

Mail-Order Duplicate TID Cards

  • Complete a Mail Order Request for Duplicate Tribal ID Card Form (MORF) and have it notarized
  • Must have photo and signature on file
  • Mail-order requests will only be accepted for valid card-holders only seeking duplicate TID cards
  • Payments are limited to Money Order or Cashier’s Check (PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH)

Expired TID Cards (i.e. ‘Renewals’)

  • Cards within six (6) months of the Expiration Date will be eligible for renewal
  • At the time of renewal tribal members will be asked to show proof of ID for file
    • Expired TID Cards will be accepted as proof of ID but cannot be returned (expired TID Cards surrendered will be destroyed)
    • Other forms of ID will be accepted (see above: ‘Requirements for all [...]’)
  • Photos will need to be taken once again as well as signatures

Cost(s) (effective June 1, 2018)

  • First-time (minor & adult alike) Tribal ID Cards and Elder Tribal ID Cards are free of charge
  • Renewal of Expired Tribal ID Cards are $20.00
  • Duplicate Tribal ID Cards are $25.00
  • Mail-order Requests will require an additional $5.00 Shipping & Handling fee (with an exemption for elders age 60+)
  • Acceptable forms of payment include: Cash (walk-in’s only), Money Order, Cashier’s Check made payable to: “Ho-Chunk Nation”

Cultural Resource Division

“To preserve, protect, and serve as a cultural resource for the Ho-Chunk Nation.”

As we continue to seek out to preserve through research and awareness, as we seek to preserve through our taking on preservation roles and responsibilities, we will create avenues of perpetuation through our own People by way of accurate education, interaction and advocacy of our Ho-Chunk culture.

Contact Information

Ho-Chunk Nation
Cultural Resources Division
P.O. Box 667
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Telephone: 715-284-7181

Office Hours
8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday


Bill Quackenbush, Division Manager – Ext. 1121

Ira Anderson – Researcher/Projects Coordinator - Ext. 1056

Paula Cleveland – Researcher/Projects Coordinator - Ext. 1028
Lucas Quackenbush – Researcher/Projects Coordinator - Ext. 1022
George Garvin – NAGPRA Researcher – Ext. 1018


If you have any questions, please call (715) 284-9343 extension 1015. You can also dial 1 (800) 331-7824


Email to: <enrollmentinfo@ho-chunk.com>


Request for Tribal ID Card Form (Mail Order & Duplicate)
Used to request duplicate Tribal ID Card.

Request for Information Form (RFI) Updated
For use in obtaining a Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB), Family Tree, Verification of Residence (not a substitute for an AVF), subscribing to the Hooc̨ak Worak Newsletter, and when requesting Minor Tribal ID Cards (in-office only).

Change of Address Form (COA)
COA forms must be signed in front of a Public Notary. Also note that COAs will not be accepted in place of an AVF.

Tribal Enrollment Application Request Form (TEAR)
When enrolling either for membership or descendancy please begin with this form. After completing and submitting your TEAR an application will be sent to you along with further instructions.

Voluntary Tax Withholding Form (VTWF)
With this form you will be able to set the amount of State and/or Federal taxes to be taken out, or withheld, of each per capita disbursal.


Language Division

The Hoocąk Waaziija Haci Language Division is dedicated to ensuring the Hoocąk Language continues to be a “LIVING LANGUAGE”. As a sign of respect to our elders, and the speakers that have come before us. We will continue to speak our language, celebrate our customs, respect The Hoocąk value system and teach our future Generations the “HOOCĄK WAY OF LIFE”.