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Mad Dog & Merrill filmed at the Neesh-La Powwow

by Ardith Van Riper Mad Dog and Merrill were at the Neesh-La Powwow grounds on Friday, August 23 filming.  They were joined by Ho-Chunk Chef Elena Terry and prepared Indigenous foods and drink. Mad Dog & Merrill are self-proclaimed “grillologists” and entertain thousands with the finer points of grilling.  They travel the country performing in…

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Several Ho-Chunk people travel, witness Sharice take oath to Congress

By Ken Luchterhand The Ho-Chunk people have never experienced such an honor as having one of their own, Sharice Davids, take a large role in this nation’s government. Sharice was sworn in as a U.S. Representative in Washington D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 3. The occasion was a historic one, mainly because she and Deb Haaland,…

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Brackeen v. Bernhardt – Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) Overturns Ruling Detrimental to Sovereignty

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the District Court’s ruling. “we conclude that… ICWA [Indian Child Welfare Act] and the Final Rule are constitutional because they are based on a political classification that is rationally related to the fulfillment of Congress’s unique obligation toward Indians; ICWA preempts conflicting state laws…

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Ho-Chunk Nation Investigates Better Employment Training Plans

Currently the Ho-Chunk Nation is facing several court cases from the previous administration concerning employment-related issues. Management is looking to reduce costs and retain more employees They believe training between the supervisors and the employees can be enhanced as an essential customer service function. They believe it provides respect to all employees, which is a…

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Ho-Chunk Nation Looks to Reduce Death Benefit Payout

Office of the President (OOP) officials are considering the adoption of insurance to cover the expenses usually paid out by the Nation. Traditionally, the OOP has been paying $6,500 for burial expenses for each tribal member when requested. The practice has cost the Nation thousands of dollars every year. The concept of using insurance would…

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Clintonville High School Video Highlights Larger Issue of Lack of Diversity, Cultural Competence within Public Education

CLINTONVILLE, WI The Wisconsin Indian Education Association and its board of directors have been monitoring the events surrounding a video originating from Clintonville High School in Clintonville, WI. The video, depicting what appeared to be four boys mock dancing to pre-recorded Native American pow-wow singing and drumming in the middle of a gymnasium, began circulating…

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Black River Falls Homecoming features Ho-Chunk culture and history

By Kaili Berg On Friday, October 18, the school district of Black River Falls had its first Annual Ho-Chunk Appreciation Night at the Tiger Stadium in Black River Falls. The Student Senate club decided that it would be a good opportunity to honor the Ho-Chunk culture and history by having this event while playing football…

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Dane County Landfill Biogas Facility Fuels Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison’s First Renewable Natural Gas Maintenance Truck

Ho-Chunk Nation’s Ongoing Effort to be Environmentally Conscious MADISON, WI November 5, 2019 – Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison is excited to announce that for the first time they are now using Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to power one of their Maintenance trucks. During Earth Week in April of this year the Dane County Landfill Biogas Facility…

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