Leaders of tribes, nonprofit organizations and other community programs frequently visit Ho-Chunk, Inc. and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska to learn about our approach to economic and community development.

We recently welcomed a group of special guests.

Over their spring break, eight students from the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University visited Winnebago.

They took the course “Contemporary Issues in Tribal Economic Development” from our CEO Lance Morgan, with support from Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, who is vice president of our community impact and engagement division and a founding faculty of ASU Law’s new Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs.

Morgan shared stories and statistics about political, legal, economic, structural and cultural issues faced by tribes when they are trying to develop their economies.

The seminar focused on helping identify and implement creative tribal-based solutions — as evidenced by the successes of Ho-Chunk, Inc. and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

The Kiewit Foundation provided a grant to the Indian Legal Program to fund travel costs for the students.