Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature presents a Recognition Citation to the Family of Hope B. Smith

By Ardith Van Riper

     During a Regular Meeting of the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature on March 23, a Legislative Recognition Citation presentation to honor Representative Hope B. Smith was given.  Hope Smith served as District III Legislative Representative from July 2009 until July 2013 and served as the Tribal Secretary during her term.  She passed away on December 27, 2020.

     Per Resolution 02-09-21 E, “the Legislature finds it appropriate to recognize Hope B. Smith’s hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and commitment to the people of the Ho-Chunk Nation and finds this most timely, that the members of the Legislature join in honoring the life and public service of Representative Hope B. Smith and extends their condolences to family and friends.” 

     Rep. Smith’s son, Lot L. Smith II, was in attendance to receive the citation on behalf of the family.  Her brother, Gordon Thunder, and sister, Myrtle Long, were also among those in attendance.  Rep. Smith’s daughter, Mary Smith, attended virtually and expressed her gratitude for her mother’s recognition. 

     The Citation in Recognition of Hope B. Smith states, “Hope B. Smith led a spiritual life dedicated to the Native American Church as a church officer and proud member, she encouraged Waksik Wosga while respecting the ways and beliefs instilled in her, she served as the NACNA (Native American Church of North America) Executive Secretary and as the White Cross Native American Church Treasurer/Secretary.”

     Hope Smith worked for the Ho-Chunk Nation in other capacities for over 35 years, including Education Director, JOM Coordinator, Executive Assistant, and most recently as a Ho-Chunk Language Instructor.  She graduated from UW – Eau Claire with a degree in anthropology, earned a Bookkeeping certificate and worked on an accounting degree.

     Representative Paul Fox offered a word of prayer over the meal.  A cake decorated with the Ho-Chunk Nation seal, yellow flowers, and the words, ‘In Honor of Hope Smith’ was shared.  Tiana Mallory cut the cake, and Lance Long sang the Lord’s Prayer in the Ho-Chunk language.