The Ho-Chunk, sometimes called Winnebago, are a traditionally Siouan-speaking nation of Native Americans, native to the present-day states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and parts of Iowa and Illinois.
Jackson County is the headquarters of the Ho-Chunk Nation sovereign government and also the highest concentration of the Ho-Chunk people. Of the 7,200 members of the Nation, about 5,100 live within the state of Wisconsin and just over 1,200 reside in Jackson County. Since the establishment of new settlements in the region, the Ho-Chunk people have shared their rich culture with residents opening doors to dialogue, trade, and the great artistry of their traditional crafts.
Today the evolution of these early relationships are still evident as the Nation, their members, and other residents of the county engage in commerce, partnerships, and shared governance to highlighting the uniqueness of this beautiful and historic place in Wisconsin.
The Ho-Chunk Nation holds several events throughout the year, none more promoted than the gatherings held at the Andrew Blackhawk Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds on Memorial and Labor Day weekend near Black River Falls. The pow-wows held during these celebrations features respected warriors from all nationalities raising over 100 flags in honor of the veterans who’ve proudly served and walked on.