WISCONSIN (CBS 58) – A dedication event was held at State Fair Park on Monday, October 17.
It was part of a three-year initiative to preserve underrepresented history in Wisconsin.
State Fair Park plays an important role in Native American history.
The Ho-Chunks are one of many indigenous nations in Wisconsin. The ancestors of the Ho-Chunks congregated in the area, naming it Tee Sisikeja, meaning “bad waters”.
Burial places were built for loved ones in the form of mounds. It is a practice that dates back more than 2,500 years. But of the tens of thousands of burial mounds built in Wisconsin, only a few thousand remain.
On Monday, the Wisconsin Historical Society and a Ho-Chunk Nation officer unveiled a new memorial marker, which details the rich history of the village of Bad Waters.
“I appreciate the opportunity we have as a tribe to talk about protecting these mounds,” said Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Bill Quackenbush. “The educational opportunities we still practice among our own people.”
Monday’s dedication marked the 600th state historic marker to be erected in Wisconsin.
The marker asks visitors to be respectful when walking through the burial site.