The land the Village of Waunakee currently occupies is Teejop, ancestral territory of the Hoocakra (Ho-Chunk Nation), People of the Sacred Voice. The Ho-Chunk Nation lived in this area for centuries prior to the European migration. Six Mile Creek and the adjacent woodlands and prairies provided an ideal environment for gathering and cultivating food and building homes. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of Native American interaction with the land in the Waunakee area dating back thousands of years, including keyhole dwellings, pottery sherds, tools, and projectile points.
Thanks to the Village's partnership with the UW UniverCity Year program, we have started to foster a positive working relationship with representatives from the Ho-Chunk Nation. One UW student group pursued research on crafting a Ho-Chunk Nation - Waunakee Land Acknowledgement. The student group included Abby Haydin, Ben Masson, and Christopher Archuleta, and was instructed by Dr. Jessie Conaway.
Ho-Chunk Nation Land Acknowledgement
On November 1, 2022, the first day of Native American Heritage Month, Ho-Chunk leaders and Village Officials came together to raise the Ho-Chunk Flag over Village Hall. To further build on the land acknowledgment efforts, Ho-Chunk and Village Emblems were placed on each of the 4 welcome signs to the Village.