Treaty Day Experiences & Events

Indigenuity & TeeJop: Launching Mindfulness of this Sacred Place

An evening with Samantha Skenandore
Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP  and Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal member

September 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
This event is free and open to the public.

The Hoocąkra (the Ho-Chunk people) have called Teejop (Four Lakes) home since time immemorial. Teejop is a special sacred place that is now home to people from all over the world and some remaining Hoocak community members. Together we are the Teejop community. We are friends. We are neighbors. To take this communal relationship to a the higher level requires a dose of “indigenuity” – the creative genius of indigenous people sharing their traditional cultural knowledge to overcome adversity and craft new solutions. This practice is known to strengthen and bring value to the individual, the community and the bond that has intertwined us. This lecture is tailored to introduce fellow Teejop community members to the rich history of Teejop captured by its stewards, Hoocąkra, and to challenge community members to practice, observe and promote mindful learning, respect and exploration of this sacred place.

Samantha Skenandore, an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, has practiced federal Indian law and tribal law for over 15 years. She recently completed a four-year elected term as Associate Justice for the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court and she continues to advise tribal and corporate clients in historic preservation, cultural resources, real estate, tribal governance, governmental affairs, corporate transactions, labor issues and litigation. Samantha has represented over 20 tribes, tribal companies and tribal organizations and is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Arizona and 6 tribal jurisdictions. Her experience extends to representing clients before members of Congress, congressional committees and agencies in order to observe the federal trust and government-to-government relationship between tribes and the United States.

 Hosted by the Distinguished Lecture Series