Heritage Marker

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In honor of the university’s commitment to the Ho-Chunk Nation, as represented by the Our Shared Future Heritage Marker, schools, colleges and units across campus are hosting the Heritage Marker throughout the year and engaging faculty, staff, students and the community in a variety of educational activities to spark learning and deepen understanding about the Ho-Chunk Nation and other regional indigenous history and culture.

aaron bird bear helps a child with a crayon rubbing as part of the ho chunk dedication ceremony
Aaron Bird Bear (left), assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs, helps Demetria Abangan-Brown Eagle (right) to create a crayon rubbing on paper during a heritage marker dedication ceremony for the "Our Shared Future" plaque on Bascom Hill. The plaque makes clear that the university occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land and will serve to educate the campus community members and campus visitors. (Photo by Bryce Richter)

Our Shared Future Efforts Mark the Beginning, Not an End

Hundreds of people attended events last fall related to the recently dedicated “Our Shared Future” heritage marker, a first step in a multi-year effort to educate the campus and the broader community on the Ho-Chunk Nation and the history it shares with the university. The spring 2020 semester brings an even greater emphasis on the marker.

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Heritage Marker Grant Goals & Recipients

The Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative is providing grants to academic units across campus to spark learning and deepen understanding about the Ho-Chunk Nation through meaningful learning experiences embedded in the Wisconsin Experience.

2020 Recipients

  • College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • Gender and Women’s Studies, Dept. of
  • German, Nordic, and Slavic, Dept. of; and Religious Studies, Dept. of
  • Information School


  • Law School
  • Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • School of Human Ecology
  • School of Pharmacy