The University of Wisconsin-Madison occupies 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.
Agricultural Hall is located on the site of a group of four Ho-Chunk effigy mounds. Two are damaged, but remain visible — a bird and a unique two-tailed water spirit are located just north of Agricultural Hall. Two other mounds were destroyed in 1901 when Agricultural Hall was constructed.
This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW-Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.
Our agricultural research stations occupy Ojibwe, Menominee and Ho-Chunk Lands.
Please consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration and settlement that bring us together here. And join us in uncovering such truths every day.