Department of Justice

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Government    Executive Branch    Justice

The Department of Justice is responsible for providing legal services to the Nation and coordinating the activities of the other Divisions within the Department. The Department of Justice consists of six (6) divisions: the legal services, Contracts, Law Enforcement, Surveillance, Compliance, and Election Board.

MISSION

The mission is set forth by the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature in the Department of Justice Establishment and Organization Act of 2001:

The Department of Justice (“Department”), as part of the Executive Branch, is committed to defending the sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation (“Nation”) and representing the Nation on those matters that concern the Nation’s interests and welfare. The Department will serve the Nation in Tribal, State and Federal forums.

HO-CHUNK NATION DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

ANNOUNCES

SERVICE REDUCTION AND EMAIL HELPLINE

By virtue of the Ho-Chunk Nation Presidential Emergency Declaration, the Department of Justice has activated the COOP Plan.  As of APRIL 2, 2020, all legal requests must be sent to the hotline: dojhotline@ho-chunk.com

SUMMARY

The Department of Justice intends to offer critical and essential services during the State of Emergency, including policing, surveillance, drug testing, and background checks. Communication via phone, teleconferencing, and email with clients will be heavily utilized to facilitate social distancing. Email communication is the preferred means of recording and preserving communication.

STAFFING

Temporary layoffs have gone into effect, and the following critical staff remain:

The Attorney General, four in-house attorneys, one Contract employee, one Compliance Director, and required Surveillance Agents at each gaming site location. The Ho-Chunk Nation Police Department remains near full staffing for all officers.

RETAINED SERVICES

Legal services of in-house tribal attorneys to provide legal services to various branches of government.
Police services work with state, federal, and local law enforcement on HCN lands
Background checks
Drug Testing
Surveillance at each gaming facility, non-gaming enterprise and governmental entities.
Child Support

LIMITED SERVICES                                       SUSPENDED

Contract processing and review                   Probation and Parole Officer

Contract database processing                      Victim Witness Advocate

Receptionist                                                    Police Office Administrator

Collections                                                      Election Board

Wellness Court                                               Paralegal services

DELAYED SERVICES

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all services offered by the DOJ may be delayed.  Please be patient as the Nation is working with limited staff and may be operating under limited hours.  The Justice Department can be reached at 715-284-3170. E-Mail: dojhotline@ho-chunk.com.  Due to the Nation’s Emergency Declaration, it is requested that walk-ins no longer be provided and appointments can be made through the helpline email.  The DOJ can utilize Zoom or Webex, if needed.

If there is an EMERGENCY, please call 911.

Are you over 18?

WHO WILL MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOU IF YOU BECOME ILL OR INCAPACITATED?

NEED A POA FORM?

NEED TO MAKE ADVANCE DIRECTIVES?

Due to the COVI-19 Pandemic, the Ho-Chunk Nation DOJ is experiencing calls for official forms for Power of Attorney (POA) over Health Care and Finances for Wisconsin Residents. This link will get you to a fillable form. This helps your family members ensure that your decisions for care and property are protected and honored.

NOTE: YOU WILL NEED 2 WITNESSES, OVER AGE 18.

Click HERE for details

 

Be on the Lookout For Scammers

Dear Tribal Members,

Please be advised that knowing that the tribal per capita may arrive on or around the same time as the federal stimulus checks (in the form of direct deposits for most tax payers), please be on the look-out of possible scammers who may be targeting you.

This is a public service announcement notifying you that scammers could be eyeing your per capita income and your stimulus money before the checks are even printed.

We do not want any tribal members, especially elders, adult caregivers, and guardians of children and incompetent members to fall victim to scams in the form of phone calls, texts, emails, or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive your tribal and federal payments.

It is important to note that the IRS is not going to call you. Normally, the IRS sends letters in official-looking envelopes. Such IRS formal letters tell you exactly why they are writing, what the issues are, and what is expected of you.

Sadly, some scam schemes include paying someone who calls with a promise to expedite or obtain a payment or loan for you.  Just know that if you are eligible for a tribal per capita, or a federal stimulus, you do not need to make any upfront payments or pay any fees to receive your checks.

This is also an opportune time for scammers to offer you a chance to buy fake products.  Please beware of the counterfeit products as well, as we all must be cautious of fake CDC emails, or anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19 from the street or internet.

The most important part of this message is to not only practice good sanitary and hygiene to protect yourselves from COVD-19, it is recommended to use good cyber hygiene and security measures as well.

In closing, note that people who file tax returns electronically and who have already provided the Nation and the IRS with their banking information will likely get their tribal per capita checks as usual via direct deposit.  As of today’s date, the federal stimulus payment, up to $1,200 for most Americans, will be also done via the direct deposit system for tax filers.

Thank you for your attention.

 

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

 Ho-Chunk Nation Dept. of Justice

Department of Justice Legal Representation

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.

Staff

During this COVID pandemic, the Department of Justice consists of the Attorney General, seven (7) in-house Attorneys, one (1) Paralegal, one (1) Contract Administrator, and one (1) Executive Admin.

STAFF

Attorney General:
Scott P. Seifert

Senior Tribal Counsel:   
Wendi A. Huling
Amanda L. WhiteEagle

Tribal Counsel: 
Erik S. Shircel
Angelia Naquayouma

Tribal Attorneys:  
Michelle M. Greendeer-Rave
Nicholas Layland
Elysia Rodriguez

Paralegal:     
Sue Thompson

Contract Administrators: 
Patricia Hagen

Executive Administrator:   
Marissa Dickey

 

Contact

Ho-Chunk Nation
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 667
W9814 Airport Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Phone: 715-284-3170
Fax:     715-284-7851

Email:  DOJhotline@ho-chunk.com

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNER


The Ho-Chunk Nation has named Scott Seifert as the Attorney General and is currently within the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice.

Scott Seifert was born and raised in central Florida and is a member of the Comanche Nation.  He played basketball and graduated from Saint Leo University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.  Scott then graduated from Michigan State College of Law in 2013 with a Juris Doctorate and a specialization certificate in Indigenous Law.

After graduation, he was employed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and Chief Tribal Prosecutor of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe.  As a prosecutor, Scott was successful in the courtroom, winning two jury trial victories for the murder of Native Americans.  He was also a member of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force for the state of Montana where they attempted to address the problem of girls being trafficked from reservations.

He is currently working towards a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Montana and has one son named Scott Seifert, III, age 2.  He enjoys basketball, weightlifting, and training his German Shorthaired Pointer named Pantheon.

Compliance Division

The Compliance Division is responsible for the administration of the Nation’s Drug, Alcohol and Controlled Substance Policy, investigating whistleblowers and personnel-related matters, conducting employee and vendor background investigations related to gaming licensing, and many other duties.

Compliance Director:  Joe Buse

Email: Joe.Buse@ho-chunk.com

Contact Information

Ho-Chunk Nation
Compliance Division
P.O. Box 667
W9814 Airport Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Phone: 715-284-3170

Contract Division

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.

Contract Administrator: Patricia Hagen

Email: Patricia.Hagen@ho-chunk.com

Contact Information

Ho-Chunk Nation
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 667
W9814 Airport Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Phone: 715-284-3170
Fax:     715-284-7851

Election Board

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 need basis such as:  when the Constitution requires them to conduct an election, they are named as defendants or plaintiffs in a lawsuit, discuss revisions to the applicable laws governing elections, certify elections and to discuss personnel matters that affect the Election Board and its office staff.  The Election Board is vital to the Ho-Chunk Nation’s membership.

Due to the pandemic continuing, the Election Board and the Office Administrator continues to manage the office with limited access to the public and by appointment only.  The Election Board remains open to conducting services through telephone and email communications.

Election Board Chairperson:               Myrna Littlewolf
Election Board Administrator:           Melissa Olvera

Contact Information

Ho-Chunk Nation Election Board
W8801 Mission Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Phone: 715-284-8900
Fax:     715-284-8600
Cell:     715-299-6104
Email:  election.board@ho-chunk.com

Surveillance Division

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.

Contact Information

Ho-Chunk Gaming – Black River Falls and Tomah Facilities
W9010 Highway 54
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Director:          Stuart Rave
Phone:             715-284-9098
Email:              Stuart.Rave@ho-chunk.com

Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells Facility
S3214 County Hwy BD
Baraboo, WI 53913

Director:          Todd Burbey
Phone:             608-356-6210
Email:              Todd.Burbey@ho-chunk.com

Ho-Chunk Gaming – Nekoosa Facility
949 County Road G
Nekoosa, WI 54457

Director:          Sharon Whitehead
Phone:             715-886-4560
Email:              Sharon.Whitehead@ho-chunk.com

Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wittenberg Facility
N7198 US Highway 45
Wittenberg, WI 54499

Director:          Ian Littlejohn
Phone:             715-253-4400
Email:              Ian.Littlejohn@ho-chunk.com

Ho-Chunk Gaming – Madison Facility
4002 Evan Acres Road
Madison, WI 53718

Director:          Robert Heimlich (Interim)
Phone:             608-223-9576
Email:              Robert.Heimlich@ho-chunk.com

Ho-Chunk Nation Police Department

The Ho-Chunk Nation Police Department’s mission is to protect the assets and people of the Ho-Chunk Nation and its surrounding communities.  This mission is accomplished through diligent observation of activities within the communities of the Ho-Chunk Nation, at the Ho-Chunk Nation gaming facilities and property/lands within the jurisdiction of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Police Chief:                           Earl Lemieux
Police Administrator:              CaraLee Murphy

Contact Information

Ho-Chunk Nation
Police Department
W9598 Hwy. 54
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Phone:             715-284-2658
Fax:                 715-284-3056
Email:              Earl.Lemieux@ho-chunk.com

If there is an EMERGENCY, please call 911

RESOURCES

  1. Ho-Chunk Nation Executive Branch
    - https://ho-chunknation.com/government/executive-branch/
  1. Ho-Chunk Nation Judiciary Branch
    - https://ho-chunknation.com/government/judicial-branch/
  1. Ho-Chunk Nation Laws
    - https://ho-chunknation.com/government/legislative-branch/ho-chunk-nation-laws/
  1. Ho-Chunk Nation Legislative Branch
    - https://ho-chunknation.com/government/legislative-branch/
  1. Ho-Chunk Nation
    - Request Form
  1. Wisconsin Judicare Inc.
    - http://www.judicare.org/
  1. Wisconsin Power of Attorney Website
    - https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/advdirectives/adformspoa.htm
  1. Wisconsin Bar Association Lawyer Referral Program
    - https://www.wisbar.org/forpublic/ineedalawyer/pages/lris.aspx
  1. Wisconsin Court System
    - https://www.wicourts.gov/