As you may have noticed, there is a freestanding indigenous structure located on the Dejope north lawn (near the fire circle). Dejope (day-JOPE, or Four Lakes) Residence Hall and our campus sits on land once occupied by the Ho-Chunk people since time immemorial. And as the reach of the university extends to the far corners of our state, we also respectfully recognize the inherent sovereignty of the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin.
The temporary structure is a part of a Horticulture 360 class that has been studying indigenous food systems in collaboration with a former president of the Ho-Chunk nation. We want to stress the importance and cultural significance of this Lodge. Please respect this structure as well as its cultural significance, and feel free to ask questions and learn more. You can expect this to be in place for approximately one more week until the project is completed.