Ho-Chunk Nation flag raised over Bascom Hall

Ho-Chunk Nation Flag

MADISON, Wis. — For the first time in UW-Madison’s history, the flag of the Ho-Chunk Nation is flying atop Bascom Hall.

It’s part of an ongoing commitment to educating  the campus about the history of the “First Nations.”

This is also the first time the university is showing respect to another nation by flying their flag for a day alongside the United States and Wisconsin state flags.

“This occasion you are witnessing today is not only an acknowledgment of all that is history, but a testimony that our community is intertwined,” Ho-Chunk Nation vice president Karena Thundercloud said.

Thousands of years ago, Bascom Hill was considered sacred ground for the Ho-Chunk people.