The University of Wisconsin – Madison occupies the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk people, a land called Teejop (day-JOPE). As a land-grant institution, UW-Madison benefits from the forced removal of Indigenous communities, and the colonial policies that sought to eradicate their languages and cultures to assimilate them, the impact and trauma of which are still felt today.
In addition to the Ho-Chunk Nation, the state of Wisconsin is home to these 11 tribal nations: Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Brothertown Indian Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation, Forest County Potawatomi, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians.
The MSC supports Indigenous students from across the continent through engaging in contemporary issues, taking a critical eye to current campus complacencies, and as stewards of the Indigenous Student Center (ISC). The ISC works in collaboration with Indigenous student organizations and campus partners to create safe spaces for Indigenous peoples. The relationships cultivated by the ISC through collaboration are intended to build community, which is vital to support Indigenous people and uphold the treaty obligations established by those that came before us. We encourage you to reflect on your positionality in these ongoing issues and engage in uplifting Indigenous voices and Indigenous joy.