Land Acknowledgement

Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation stading outside around a plaque Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation are pictured following the 2019 dedication of a heritage marker on Bascom Hill. Several UW–Madison officials, including Chancellor Rebecca Blank, joined them for the group photo. Bryce Richter/UW-Madison

The Wisconsin Energy Institute occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has 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. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. We recognize and respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other eleven First Nations that reside in the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin.

Tribal Nations are doing some of the most important and leading work in transitioning away from fossil fuels toward a sustainable, resilient, and an affordable energy future that is centered on social and economic equality. Here are just a few of the countless projects around the Midwest that are being led by tribal nations: