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File #: 68069    Version: 1 Name: Affirming and Proclaiming Friday, November 26, 2021 as Ho-Chunk Day
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/25/2021 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 11/16/2021 Final action: 11/16/2021
Enactment date: 11/22/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00761
Title: Affirming and Proclaiming Friday, November 26, 2021 as Ho-Chunk Day
Sponsors: Arvina Martin, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Brian Benford, Juliana R. Bennett, Sheri Carter, Nikki Conklin, Jael Currie, Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Gary Halverson, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Charles Myadze, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver, Nasra Wehelie
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
11/16/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/25/20211 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.

Affirming and Proclaiming Friday, November 26, 2021 as Ho-Chunk Day

WHEREAS, the Ho-Chunk people are descendants of the effigy mound builders, ca AD 700-1100, and are the Aboriginal inhabitants of the Madison region, known to the Ho-Chunk as “Te Jop eja” (The Four Lakes); and,

WHEREAS, they always lived on this land, which was theirs only for safe keeping, and to take from it only as needed; and,

WHEREAS, oral tradition and historic documents describe the Ho-Chunk as a large and populous tribe of 10,000 that occupied more than 10 million acres of land in much of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois; and,

WHEREAS, the heart of the effigy mound region is around the present-day City of Madison, in the Four Lakes Mound District which covers the four principal lakes of Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa, wherein notable buildings were built and erected through the digging up and destroying of effigy mounds; and,

WHEREAS, in 1829, according to a census there were 598 Ho-Chunk people living around the lakes; and,

WHEREAS, on December 2, 1829, President John Quincy Adams, presented the Ho-Chunk with the first treaty for ceding vast amounts of mineral-rich land wanted by the white settlement; and,

WHEREAS, beginning in 1849, the federal government began a series of attempts of forcible removals - the Ho-Chunk were rounded up and put into boxcars to move them from their Wisconsin territory to Iowa, then Minnesota, and still later to South Dakota, and finally Nebraska - leading to mistrust and conflict with a dominant government society; and,

WHEREAS, the Ho-Chunk returned on foot to Wisconsin to live as refugees on their former homelands, and in 1875, those in Wisconsin were allowed to settle on lands that were not wanted and are the only tribe in Wisconsin for whom no reservation was ever formally established; and,

WHEREAS, in 1887, with the General Allotment Act, the shift changed from isolation to assimilation...

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