Ho-Chunk Members Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Sauk County

By Kaili Berg

     On Monday, October 10, Sauk County celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Meyer Oak Grove Park in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

     Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation and community members of Sauk City gathered to honor the Sauk people, who now comprise three federally recognized Sac and Fox Nations within Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

     The Sauk people have occupied the area since the 1700s. They had a large village for over 40 years along the river banks of Wisconsin. More than 90 houses were built and over 1,000 people lived in the village at the time. They were known for planting hundreds of acres of corn, beans, and melons.

     “This diversity strengthens and enrichens the lives of all residents of Sauk County,” said Tim McCumber; Chair of Sauk County Board of Supervisors.

      “In order to encourage a greater, appreciation, for the Indigenous people, Sauk County seeks to recognize and promote the enormous contributions the Ho-Chunk Nation has and continues to make to our country, state, and Nation. Therefore, the Sauk County Board of Supervisors met in regular session to declare the second Monday in October, Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”

     Sponsors of the event include Sauk County Historical Society; the Ho-Chunk Nation; Sauk County; and the Village of Sauk.