Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

UW–Madison Land Acknowledgement

The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.

We acknowledge the circumstances that led to the forced removal of the Ho-Chunk people, and honor their legacy of resistance and resilience.  We recognize and respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation as well as the other 11 First Nations (listed below) within the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin.

Map of Wisconsin showing Native American Tribal Lands