The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS) is a center for community-engaged teaching, research, and outreach at UW-Madison

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The CommNS is also a member of the Wisconsin Nonprofit Resources Group (WisNRG) and Campus Community Connectors (C3).
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Land Acknowledgement

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial.

In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.

We acknowledge the circumstances that led to the forced removal of the Ho-Chunk people, and honor their legacy of resistance and resilience. This history of colonization informs our work and vision for a collaborative future.

We recognize and respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other 11 Native Nations within the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin.