Thu, Jan 12 at 8am

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The Ho-Chunk Nation has a long history in the "four lakes" region of Madison, Wisconsin and continues to work to preserve heritage and benefit local communities. Dan Brown and Missy Tracy of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison will present an engaging historical overview, including information about the Yahara lakes and river.

Dan and Missy will discuss eco-tourism and future development plans for a Ho-Chunk heritage center as an educational institution to share Ho-Chunk traditions and culture. The historical perspective will focus on past history to present day, including how gaming is relevant as the oldest Native American profession and a Ho-Chunk traditional practice, and how revenues directly benefit communities. We're looking forward to hearing more on Thursday!

About our speakers

Daniel Brown earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ball State University in 1990. Following an internship with the Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis, he served as a Probation Officer and then for a major retail chain as an Asset Protection Officer. In late 1993, he moved his family to Wisconsin where he began his career in the casino industry at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells (formerly Ho-Chunk Casino) with his tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation. There, he began in Surveillance and then transferred into management where he served as the Director of Casino Operations, the Assistant General Manager and then the General Manager, where he managed the Nation’s flagship casino for 4 years.  From 2007-2011, he served a successful 4-year term as Vice President of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Since 2012 to the present, Mr. Brown serves as the Executive Manager of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison where he endeavors to develop 40-plus acres near Madison’s casino in a collaborative effort with the City of Madison.

Missy Tracy is the Municipal Relations Coordinator at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison and a tribal member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Her career spans three decades in business with 22 years of management experience. For the past eight years, Missy has worked for Indian country in Public Relations, Training, Regulation and Community Relations. Missy has served as the Seminar Director at the National Indian Gaming Association and the Senior Public Relations Manager for Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. Missy has been on the board of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling since 2009, and has delivered an award winning strategic public relations marketing program with recognition from the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Red Cross and the Baraboo Chamber of Commerce.

We're excited to hear more!

About the series

Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences. Yahara Lakes 101 is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with hosting sponsor The Edgewater, presenting sponsor First Weber Group, supporting sponsor The Evjue Foundation, and media sponsor The Isthmus.

Yahara 101 is held both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy your coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m.

If you already are a Friend of Clean Lakes (minimum $35 donation/year), then admission is free. Become a Friend today. If you are not a Friend yet, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees. Special event parking will be available at The Edgewater.

The Edgewater

1001 Wisconsin Pl
Madison, WI 53703