The Global Health Undergraduate Programs (GHUP) office within the University of Wisconsin-Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. This land was stolen from the Ho-Chunk via the Morrill Act of 1862.
As faculty and advisors of the Global Health curriculum, we acknowledge that our students learn on Ho-Chunk land and throughout the 11 tribal nations in the state of Wisconsin in pursuit of their education in Global Health. Through coursework, field experiences, and relationship building with tribal communities we will work with our students to better understand the impacts of colonization and how to decolonize the future of health.
We want to acknowledge the Native leaders in Wisconsin who work in Global Health. We encourage our students to connect with these leaders and work to better understand how health connects with Native communities in Wisconsin. We also want to acknowledge our Native students, staff, and readers
The University of Wisconsin-Madison also has developed resources for independent learning on the subject of land-grants and indigenous knowledge and we encourage students to continue exploring this topic for their own edification. You can also visit the “Our Shared Future” page to see how the University is committing to the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk and all First Nations of Wisconsin.
We ask you to read more about land acknowledgements and their impact on Tribal and Non-tribal communities, as well as the effect of the Morrill Act on Tribal lands.