First United Methodist Church hosts event to acknowledge ancestral Ho-Chunk land

MADISON, Wis. — The First United Methodist Church is acknowledging that it resides on the ancestral homeland of the Ho-Chunk people.

An acknowledgment ceremony was held Monday at the church, which sits at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Dayton Street. As part of the event, a red granite stone embedded with a plaque marking the ancestral homeland was unveiled.

The acknowledgment is the culmination of the work within the Racial Equity and Justice class at the church.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway was one of the guests at the ceremony and spoke as part of the event.

“Acknowledgment is a journey,” Mayor Rhodes-Conway said. “We’re somewhere along the path. We take another few steps today. Perhaps next week, next month, next year we take more steps, but let us not ever think we are done.”

The church has also established an endowed scholarship that will offer college scholarships to indigenous students at Madison College.