The Department of Justice serves as legal counsel to the Ho-Chunk Nation. The collective rights of tribal members are served by this Department through defending the sovereignty of the Nation, protecting the laws of the Nation, prosecuting violations to these laws, providing legal aid to all branches of the Nation, and defending the Nation in Tribal, State and Federal courts on those matters that concern the Nation’s interests and welfare.
The Attorney General and all Department of Justice staff are unable to provide individual legal advice to private tribal members. If a private Ho-Chunk Nation tribal member is in need of legal assistance, you may contact Judicare at (800) 472-1638 or the Wisconsin State Bar Legal Aid Program at (800) 543-2625 or a private attorney.
Attorney General: Michelle M. Greendeer-Rave
Senior Tribal Counsel: Wendi A. Huling
Tribal Counsel: Erik S. Shircel, Angelia Naquayouma
Tribal Prosecutor: Vacant
Tribal Attorneys: Elysia Rodriguez, Kyla Karcz, W. Noah Lentz, Nicholas M. Layland
Paralegals: Sue Thompson, Amanda Glasspoole, Sarah V. Morgan
Victim/Witness Advocate: Katie Funmaker
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 667
W9814 Airport Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615
The Compliance Division is responsible for the administration of the Nation’s Drug, Alcohol and Controlled Substance policy, investigating whistleblower and personnel-related matters, conducting employee and vendor background investigations related to gaming licensing, and many other duties. The Compliance Division Director is Joe Buse.
The Contract Division maintains the contract database and reviews all potential contracts to protect the Nation and its assets when entering into new legal agreements.
The Ho-Chunk Nation is mandated by the Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation to hold General, Special and Constitutional Elections. The Election Board is comprised of twelve (12) Delegates and twelve (12) Alternates and each representing their respective District. The Election Board meets on an as needed basis such as: when the Constitution requires them to conduct an Election, they are named as defendants or plaintiffs in a law suit, discuss revisions to the applicable laws governing elections, certify elections and to discuss personnel matters that affect the Election Board and it’s office staff.
The Election Board is vital to the Ho-Chunk Nation’s membership. The Election Board is open to serve its members Monday-Friday just as all the other Executive, Judicial and Legislative Branch offices are open. The Election Board Office Administrator serves Tribal members by answering questions regarding the removal and recall of elected officials. When and if the Tribal member feels they want to exercise their right to petition for recall, the Election Board Office Administrator disseminates the proper legal documentation to them.
The Election Board and the Election Board Office Administrator has managed to develop and maintain a high level of continuity and professionalism when conducting elections for the Ho-Chunk Nation. The Office Administrator and the Election Board’s priority is to conduct all Tribal Elections in a fair and impartial manner.
The Surveillance Division’s mission is to protect the assets of the Ho-Chunk Nation. This mission is accomplished through diligent observation of the activities at the Ho-Chunk Nation gaming facilities through observing, recording, reporting and conducting investigations as directed.