James Reeb UU Congregation occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.
This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation.
We respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.
We seek to honor the history and spirit of this land and its people by contributing to causes and projects important to modern day people of the First Nations, and by making direct attribution when referring to or using spiritual practices of people of the First Nations.
For more information about our shared history and the importance of land acknowledgement check out these resources:
Local History article from Madison365 (2015)
UW-Madison Land Acknowledgement Plaque (2019)