This is an incomplete but growing list of resources for the general public on our work to build the connection between UW–Madison and Wisconsin’s 12 native nations. We have also compiled lists of resources for Native students on campus and UW–Madison centers, programs, and units serving Native American interests.

Teejop: Significance and History

Teejop (day-JOPE [J as in Jump]) is an extraordinary cultural center more commonly known today as Madison, WI.  Ho-Chungra oral tradition states the Ho-Chunk “have always been here,” and the contemporary Ho-Chunk Nation reminds that “more than likely, we will always be here. Ho-Chunk history is not told in history books, but spans back beyond possibly three ice ages. The Ho-Chungra have traditional lands that go from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.”  In the Ho-Chunk language, Teejop means “Four Lakes”, named after the river chain of four lakes that define the landscape – Mąą’ii yahara (Catfish River, now Yahara River), Waaksikhomikra (Where the Man Lies, now Lake Mendota), Čihabokihaketera (Great Tipi Lake, now Lake Monona), Sahu Xetera (sp.) (Tall Reed Lake, or Lake Waubesa), and Nąsąkučitera (Hard Maple Grove Lake, now Lake Kegonsa). Find out more about this extraordinary cultural center with thousands of years of human story.

Tree of Peace

UW–Madison Lectures, Series, or Programs

Additional Resources