No August 2022 Per Capita

By Ardith Van Riper

     The Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature passed Resolution 07-12-22 A by affirmative vote 12, zero opposed, and zero abstaining.  The resolution “does hereby declare that no per capita distribution will be made to the 7,757 eligible tribal members on August 1, 2022.”  The first similar no per capita resolution occurred with the August 2020 distribution.

     The Legislature found “that the declaration of per capita distribution for August 1, 2022, is impacted as a result of the closure of the Nation’s gaming operations and the Nation’s continual recovery from the impacts of the pandemic on the Nation’s gaming revenues.”

     Gaming revenue funds per capita distributions.  Effective no later than March 20, 2020, all the Nation’s casinos closed to the public, and began phases of opening on June 29, 2020.  To date, not all casinos are operating with pre-pandemic services.

     On June 20, the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislative Branch’s social media announced, “…The Legislature has adopted a resolution to provide general welfare assistance to all tribal members through the next fiscal year.” 

     The general welfare assistance runs from July 2022 through June 2023.  The budget contains funds to provide $800 to adult tribal members each month and $400 to children tribal members each quarter.  In addition, adult tribal members will see a $400 increase in December 2022, and children will see an additional $200 in December 2022.