UW residence hall to honor American Indians
Dejope Hall to open Aug. 26
MADISON, Wis. — A new University of Wisconsin-Madison residence hall will be named in honor of American Indians.
Dejope Residence Hall opens Aug. 26 and will be home to 408 students near the Lake Mendota shore.
The name was selected after consulting with members of the Ho-Chunk Nation.
In the Ho-Chunk language, Dejope means “four lakes,” a reference to lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa, which are connected by the Yahara River.
The Ho-Chunk and other American Indian tribes used to live on the land near the lakes.
The residence hall will also recognize tribal culture, including having a fire circle facing the lake and bronze plaques representing the 11 Indian Nations in Wisconsin.