The University of Wisconsin-Madison raised the Ho-Chunk Nation flag over Bascom Hall, the university’s main administration building, in an outdoor ceremony Thursday morning in the heart of the UW campus.
The Ho-Chunk Nation flag will fly at Bascom Hall for more than six weeks this fall.
The UW–Madison campus is on the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk people — land they call Teejop (Dejope, or Four Lakes) in Hoocąk, the Ho-Chunk language. The Ho-Chunk Nation gave up territory that includes the UW campus under an 1832 treaty.
The outdoor ceremony Thursday morning in front of Bascom Hall featured words from Ho-Chunk Nation President Marlon WhiteEagle and UW–Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, and performances by Elliott Funmaker, Sr. and the Wisconsin Dells Singers.
In November 2021, UW–Madison raised the Ho-Chunk Nation flag for the first time.
This year, UW–Madison will fly the Ho-Chunk Nation flag for more than six weeks, including Indigenous Peoples Day in October and the entirety of National Native American Heritage month in November.