Green Bay Branch Office Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

By Ardith Van Riper

     On August 17, the Ho-Chunk Nation membership near the Green Bay Branch Office gathered at the High Cliff State Park to celebrate ten years of the branch office being open and their fourth annual Ho-Chunk Awareness Event.  The State Park displays the statue of Chief Redbird overlooking Lake Winnebago and approximately nine effigy mounds.  The occasion featured Ho-Chunk artisans and culture. 

     General Facility Manager Pamela Wilber greeted guests as they arrived.  She had them sign in, receive a raffle ticket and a schedule, and provided instructions on where activities were taking place.  Most events took place in or around the High Cliff State Park Gathering Space, located in the upper part of the park, within walking distance of the observation tower.  The Gathering Space includes an enclosed shelter building and an adjacent open shelter.

     Jon Greendeer was the master of ceremonies and the Ho-Chunk Nation President in 2012 when the Green Bay Branch Office had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 5, 2012.  The original Green Bay Branch Office was located at 1047 9th Street and is now located at 2413 Hazelwood Lane.

     Ron Wilbur instructed those who wanted to learn how to build a ciporoke.  Sampson Funmaker explained the moccasin game.  Paula Cleveland taught the kasu game.  Tina Hindsley demonstrated applique design.  A youth from Wittenberg, Eli Komanekin, showed the lacrosse game.  Andi Jo Cloud shared some Ho-Chunk stories.

     Wild Bearies Catering provided the meal.  The menu included bison meatballs, turkey slices with herbs, roasted root vegetables, quinoa salad, cowboy bread, and cake.

     The day concluded with raffle drawings.