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Ho-Chunk Living-Learning Community at the Priory

Memorandum of Intent - Sept. 23, 2013

Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer and UWEC Chancellor James Schmidt, Sept. 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Ho-Chunk Nation entered into an agreement on Sept. 23, 2013 to create a Living Learning Community (LLC) at the Priory -- 112 acres of wooded land three miles from campus, purchased by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for $1.0 million.  The LLC will be a residential community for traditional and non-traditional students, with the roots of the program distinctively Ho-Chunk, including language classes and a Elder-in-residence/Visiting elder.   The Priory task force is focused on matching Ho-Chunk Nation Employment High Needs with course offerings available from UW-Eau Claire and CVTC.

The LLC will also provide opportunities for students to attend either Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) or UW-EC.  By the Fall of 2014, renovations for student housing are scheduled for completion at the Priory.  The LLC is scheduled to launch in the Fall of 20115.  Meanwhile, the Children's Center has opened at the Children's Nature Academy after extensive renovation to Building A at the Priory; the Nature Academy is expected to provide childcare services to LLC participants.

 According the UW-Eau Claire press release, UW System Regent Edmund Manydeeds, present at the agreement, said, "I really think that the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has done this the right way.  They have approached the Ho-Chunk Nation as a sovereign nation, with respect, and with dignity.  And the Ho-Chunk Nation has responded in kind.  I'm looking forward to the future, to things that are going to be springing from this." 

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Ho-Chunk LLC at the Priory

Volume One Discusses LLC

Volume One Magazine recently published an article on the Ho-Chunk LLC at the Priory.  Read it here.
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