• UW and tribal leaders honor newly installed Truman Lowe sculpture

    University of Wisconsin–Madison and Ho-Chunk tribal leaders gathered on campus on Sept. 15 to honor a newly acquired sculpture by Indigenous artist Truman Lowe, a long-time UW–Madison professor. “Effigy, Bird Form”  is meant to evoke the effigy mounds that have since disappeared. The sculpture is located on the eastern edge of Observatory Hill just north of Van Hise Hall. 

  • Where the Land Came From

    A new educational initiative shows how Indigenous territory became UW–Madison.

  • Forging Firsts: The Remarkable Life of Ada Deer

    An educator, civil servant, and proud member of the Menominee Nation, Ada Deer ’57 was a political activist and trailblazer who laid the groundwork for the successes of many American women. Ada was the first Menominee Tribe member to graduate from UW–Madison, and she served as a tireless advocate for Native rights and a just society.

  • Summer field course centers the history, culture and experiences of Native students

    LA 360: Indigenous Field-Based Learning for Land Stewardship is a weeklong summer field course that interweaves Native history and culture with science education. First offered in 2022 at College of Menominee Nation, this course is a unique collaboration involving Wisconsin’s three land-grant institutions: LCOOU, CMN and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It is coordinated by Earth Partnership Indigenous Arts and Sciences, an initiative in the UW–Madison Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture focused on culturally relevant environmental education.

  • Ho-Chunk Clan Circle dedicated

    Members of the Ho-Chunk and UW–Madison communities gathered on May 4 to dedicate the Ho-Chunk Clan Circle, a series of sculptures representing the 12 clans of the Ho-Chunk Nation. The space outside the Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center was created in partnership with Ho-Chunk artist Ken Lewis and other advisors representing the Ho-Chunk Nation. UW–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place the Ho-Chunk Nation call Teejop.

  • UW-Madison tribal relations director looks to create opportunity for all in Indigenous communities

    As tribal relations director, Vigue is the liaison between UW-Madison and the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin. Vigue started her career at a government relations firm in Washington, D.C., where she connected tribal leaders to …

  • Ho Chunk Nation Flag Raising during Investiture Week

    Wednesday morning during Investiture Week began with a Ho-Chunk flag raising ceremony in front of Bascom Hall. A welcome from Chancellor Mnookin marked the start of the event. Ho-Chunk Nation President Marlon WhiteEagle shared remarks …

  • Twelve Badgers recognized among Wisconsin’s Most Influential Native American Leaders for 2023

    Madison365, a non- profit online news publication, has published annual power lists recognizing Wisconsin leaders from different racial and ethnic groups since 2015.  Twelve current and former UW–Madison students and employees received this recognition in …

  • Wisconsin’s 33 Most Influential Native American Leaders for 2023, Part 1

    Carla Vigue, director of tribal relations at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was included in Madison 365's fourth annual edition of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Native American leaders.

  • Cecil Garvin, esteemed teacher of Ho-Chunk language, to receive honorary degree from UW–Madison

    The University of Wisconsin–Madison will award an honorary doctorate degree this May to Cecil Garvin, a highly respected Ho-Chunk elder who has devoted much of his professional life to the preservation and promotion of the Ho-Chunk language and culture.

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