College of Menominee Nation renews student transfer partnership with UW–Madison

Liberal Studies students attending the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) will continue to have an easy path to transfer to the University of Wisconsin–Madison thanks to a renewed agreement between the two institutions. First implemented in 2007, the contract allows a qualified student to begin as a freshman at CMN and be guaranteed admission as a transfer student at UW–Madison after completing three academic years, or 60 transferable credits.

Ten Badgers recognized among Wisconsin’s “Most Influential Native American Leaders”

Ten members of the UW–Madison community were honored by Madison365 in its annual list of most influential Native American leaders for 2022. A nonprofit online news publication, Madison365 has published annual power lists recognizing Wisconsin leaders from different racial and ethnic groups since 2015. The purpose of the lists is to “highlight the beauty of the diversity across our state” and lift up role models for Wisconsin’s young people, according to Henry Sanders, Jr., co-founder, publisher and chief executive officer of Madison365.

Mapping Dejope: Indigenous Histories and Presence in Madison

Kasey Keeler, Assistant Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies and American Indian Studies, is leading an interdisciplinary community-engaged project, “Mapping Dejope: Indigenous Histories and Presence in Madison,” which will collect histories from UW and Dejope community members — past and present — to reveal the Indigenous histories and presence of this shared environment.

“As a faculty member and Native woman, I have seen the need for more accessible Indigenous histories. Perhaps more importantly, not only what Native people have done in the past, but a way to share the work and lives of Native people today.”

Bimaadiziwin Nibi – Water is Life: a story map experience about water

A new website is available that details what Indigenous communities in the Upper Midwest are doing to conserve and protect water. Named Bimaadiziwin Nibi, Water is Life, the story map is divided into sections, each centered around a different environmental issue. These include wild rice, fish, nonlocal beings (invasive species), mining, contaminants and beach sampling. Within each section are photos, reports and videos from tribal natural resource departments and a summary of interviews with scientists.

In historic first, flag of Ho-Chunk Nation raised atop Bascom Hall

On a brilliantly lit fall morning, with an appropriate breeze in the air, the University of Wisconsin–Madison raised the flag of the Ho-Chunk Nation atop Bascom Hall Friday, on land the Ho-Chunk call Teejop, or Four Lakes. The occasion marked the first time in campus history that the Ho-Chunk Nation flag — or any nation’s flag — has flown for a day alongside the U.S. and Wisconsin state flags on UW–Madison’s central administration building.

Hundreds attended the flag-raising ceremony on Bascom Hill, part of the university’s ongoing commitment to educate the campus community about First Nations history and to recognize the land as the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk. Flag raisings are part of contemporary Ho-Chunk culture.