Legalization Advances

Ho-Chunk announced Saturday that its General Council voted to reverse a policy that made the use and sale of marijuana on tribal lands illegal. Sixty-three percent of members voted in favor, 34 percent voted against and 3 percent abstained.

The vote comes about a month after members of the Menominee Indian Tribe endorsed possible legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use on their northeastern Wisconsin reservation.

According to a post on the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Facebook page, all branches of the tribe’s government will start to determine how to move forward with the legalization process.

Last year the Justice Department announced it would let Indian tribes legalize and regulate marijuana.

Via Ho-Chunk votes to change marijuana rules on tribal lands @ Chanel 3000.

Very few

The numbers are abysmal: Barely 800 of the nearly 180,000 University of Wisconsin System undergraduates identify themselves as American Indian, 0.4% of the total enrollment. Via More American Indian students needed in the UW System @ JS Across the Board Blog.


The six bands of Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin have declared intentions to spear a record 63,488 walleyes during the 2014 off-reservation harvest, according to officials with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Via Chippewa tribes declare record number of walleyes for spearing season @ JS On the Trail Blog.

Secrets of Aztalan

Located near Aztalan, Wis. along the Crawfish River, a tributary of the Rock River and part of the Mississippi River watershed, Aztalan State Park encompasses 172 acres, but is best known for the 20-acre reconstructed plaza, made to replicate that which was originally created on the site by the Mississippian period indians who occupied the…