Ho-Chunk Nation Holds Swearing-In Ceremony for Gaming Commissioners

By Ardith Van Riper

     On Thursday, July 27, the Ho-Chunk Nation held a swearing in ceremony for the newly selected gaming commissioners.  The ceremony took place in the tribal office building near Black River Falls.

     Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer welcomed everyone and was the master of ceremonies.  He provided a brief explanation of the roles and duties of a gaming commissioner.  Gaming commissioners ensure compliance with federal, state, and tribal gaming regulations.  They are also the licensing authority for the facilities and employees of all Ho-Chunk Nation gaming enterprises.

     Traditional Chief Clayton Winneshiek provided an invocation.

     Judge Wendy Huling administered the oath to the recently selected gaming commissioners Toni Blackdeer, Cori Blaschke, Samantha Day, Toni Funmaker, and Dolores Greendeer.

     The Iron Mound singers were on hand to render honor songs.

     Representatives from the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature gifted Pendleton blankets to newly sworn in gaming commissioners.

     The ceremony concluded with cake and refreshments.