Land Acknowledgement

The faculty and staff of the Department of Pediatrics recognize the land our buildings and campus occupy is the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk Nation, who have called this land Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial.

In the first treaty following the Indian Removal Act in 1830, the state government forcibly removed the Ho-Chunk from their home in 1832. In the decades that followed, the federal and state government sought to completely remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. Despite these attempts, many Ho-Chunk people continued to return to their home in present-day Wisconsin.

We acknowledge the circumstances that led to the forced removal of the Ho-Chunk people and honor their history of resistance and resilience. The Ho-Chunk Nation and the other 11 First Nations residing in the boundaries of present-day Wisconsin remain vibrant and strong. We recognize and respect the inherent sovereignty of the 12 First Nations that reside in the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our work and vision for a collaborative future.

We encourage you to visit their websites for more information:

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Brothertown Indian Nation

Forest County Potawatomi Community

Ho-Chunk Nation

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Sokaogon Chippewa Community­­­

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

For more information, visit the UW–Madison Our Shared Future website and the interactive Tribal Lands Map on the Wisconsin First Nations website.

aerial view of the UW–Madison campus
The University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, including the UW Hospitals and Clinics, are pictured in an early morning aerial. (Photo by Bryce Richter/UW-Madison)
Our Shared Future plaque on Bascom Hill
The “Our Shared Future” marker on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 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/UW-Madison)
Wisconsin tribal lands and nations map.
A map showing Wisconsin tribal lands and nations. (Map by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction-American Indian Studies, PBS Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin School of Education)