Baraboo adopts new 5 yr plan for metropolis parks, outside recreation |

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Funmaker siblings Seneca, left, 17, Nelson, 16, and Vincent, right, 15, laugh with Jordana WhiteEagle, 16, after planting corn, beans, and pumpkin along the Baraboo Riverwalk near the Circus World Museum on Wednesday morning . She and another member of Baraboo High School’s Indigenous Students United club attended the planting, organized by the Sauk County Historical Society to further beautify and commemorate the history of Native Americans in the area, and added a bench and two information boards that the society installed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day last year. Nelson Funmaker said he looks forward to seeing the plants this fall after they have had time to grow, and believes the event could become a tradition for Native American students in Baraboo schools. “I think it’s pretty important because it’s part of our culture,” he said. SCHS Managing Director Paul Wolter said this was “literally the first time that Ho-Chunk has been growing maize in this area in 180 years”. A Ho Chunk village was nearby, in what is now part of the city of Baraboo, until the 1830s, he said. According to the SCHS and the Ho-Chunk Nation, the indigenous people were later driven from the land by white settlers. Indigenous Students United has about 20 members at the BHS, said counselor Sarah Roth. In addition to teaching the public about native plants and history, she said, “I hope my students see that the community really values ​​their culture and heritage and that they are really proud of their history in the area.”