In 1988, the Ho-Chunk Nation, a federally recognized Indian Tribe indigenous of Wisconsin, filed a claim for excess property at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, an area within their aboriginal territory. The Ho-Chunk Nation’s plans for the land, which are strongly supported by the surrounding community, include historic and cultural resource protection, natural resource enhancement, education, employment and economic development. But last year, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs refused to transfer the land from the U.S. Army to the Ho-Chunk, claiming it could not afford to conduct an environmental assessment.
Rosemere Neighborhood Association, along with over 50 community, environmental and citizens’ groups signed a letter in support of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s claim for this land containing significant historical, cultural and sacred resources to the Ho-Chunk people.
To view the letter: Ho-Chunk Letter of Support BIA 2012