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The Ho-Chunk Nation flag dances in the wind at Bascom Hall. Photo: Bryce Richter

The Ho-Chunk Nation flag will fly on the UW-Madison campus from October 10-17, in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day on October 10.

Wisconsin first observed Indigenous Peoples Day in 2019, when Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order designating the second Monday of every October to honor Indigenous peoples.

A brief program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday outside Bascom Hall. It will include remarks from representatives of Wunk Sheek, the Indigenous student organization at UW-Madison. Mad Town Singers student drummers will provide a flag song.

The event is open to the public.

During the fall 2022 semester, UW-Madison flies the Ho-Chunk Nation flag for more than six weeks, including a week in September, a week in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day in October, and the entire Native American National Heritage Month in November. .

The waving of the Ho-Chunk flag at the start of our academic year highlights our fundamental relationship with the Ho-Chunk people. It is also a reminder of our continued commitment through the university’s Our Shared Future initiative to educate the campus community about Ho-Chunk culture, First Nations history, and to recognize the land as home. ancestral to the Ho-Chunks, who have ruled this land since time immemorial.

Flag raising is part of contemporary Ho-Chunk culture. Ho-Chunk Nation members hold regular flag-raising ceremonies with local governments and educational institutions to share their culture, honor veterans, and strengthen community bonds. In November 2021, UW-Madison raised the Ho-Chunk Nation flag for the first time.