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  • MEET US MONDAY -- Lynelle Blackhawk. She's working toward a Master of Business Administration degree and is a member of the Winnebago Tribe. She recently was promoted to Compliance Projects Specialist II at our corporate office, an important role related to SBA 8(a) government contracting and HubZone certification. She answered these questions for us. Q: Tell us about yourself and your family. A: My name is Lynelle Blackhawk (Freemont) and I am an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe. I come from the Buffalo Clan and my Indian name is Moraje Wiga, which means, She who travels about the land. I am married to Kenny Blackhawk and we have three (soon to be four) wonderful children. We are expecting another little boy in May 2018. I have grown up in Winnebago most of my life so it is extremely important to me to be able to work and give back to the Winnebago community as best I can. In addition to being a college student and working full-time for the company, I also serve on various boards throughout the community. Any opportunity I see available to help serve the Winnebago people, I always try my best to get involved. Q: What makes you excited about your position? A: It makes me more excited to be an educated Winnebago Tribal member and to work for the type of company I do. Ho-Chunk, Inc. is an amazing company to work for and I hope to be an example to others in the community that tribal members can be successful in the corporate business world. I plan to receive my Master of Business Administration degree by the end of this year. It can only benefit my career and hopefully bring an even better promotion in the future! Q: How has your role with the company changed since you started? A: I began working for Ho-Chunk, Inc. in 2013 after working six years with the Winnebago Tribe. I started as an accounts payable clerk in the accounting department. After a year, I transferred to Ho-Chunk, Inc.s Corporate Operations/Support Services division. From there, I have gradually worked my way into the position I am in now. Its been quite a learning experience but a very rewarding one to say the least. I am looking forward to what this position has to offer! Q: Whats something about you that might surprise people? A: Ive lived in Winnebago my entire life but I was able to attend four different high schools in three different states AND had the opportunity to graduate my junior year of high school (I declined). I clearly loved to try new things, travel and was an overachiever in school. Q: Whats your favorite food? A: I am not a very picky person when it comes to food so I enjoy a variety of different foods.
  • From education to jobs, housing and health, each days work at Ho-Chunk, Inc. is a step for tomorrow.
  • MEET US MONDAY -- William Bass joins our team as Training Coordinator. This high school coachs favorite food is homemade macaroni and cheese. We asked him that and more below. Welcome, Willy! Q: Tell us about yourself and your family. A: Hizakisana, hinikarigiwina. Masja Mani ga higairena. Greetings everyone. My name is William Bass. My Hocak (Ho-Chunk) ceremonial name is Masja Mani, which means Walks Hard or Walks with Purpose. I am a member of the Bear Clan of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. My parents are Greg and Janet Bass. I have three brothers and two sisters. Im happily married to Antonio Bass for three years and we have six rambunctious dogs and a smelly cat. I have lived here for 26 years and I have lots and lots of family, relatives and friends who live here. Winnebago is my home. The people are my people. Q: What makes you excited about your new position? A: As Training Coordinator with the Human Resources department, I have an opportunity to have a positive impact on Ho-Chunk, Inc.s newly-hired employees and their learning experiences. I am also excited about working with the people around me. So far everyone has been welcoming, supportive and resourceful. It has been a great experience already and Im looking forward to working with more people in the future. My job includes performing training needs assessments, designing and delivering curriculum and learning materials, and managing all phases of training interventions. My job will also include work with Ho-Chunk, Inc.s Community Impact and Engagement department, where I will be working closely with Ann Marie Downes and Felicia Torres with projects involving teaching and learning within the community, as well as within various Ho-Chunk, Inc. entities. Q: What did you do before joining Ho-Chunk, Inc.? A: Before joining Ho-Chunk, Inc. I was a teacher at the Winnebago Public Schools. I taught third and fourth grade math, reading, writing, social studies, culture and language arts. Working with the children in the education system has taught me so much and has allowed me to grow as a professional and as a person. It has also caused me to develop an even deeper passion for teaching, learning and helping others be the best they can be in life. This is what I will be able to do with my new job with Ho-Chunk, Inc. Q: Whats something about you that might surprise people? A: People might be surprised by the fact that I coach high school girls volleyball and I dislike bacon. Q: Whats your favorite food? A: My favorite food is homemade macaroni and cheese. In fact, I wish I had a hot, steamy bowl of some right in front of me right now!
  • Season's greetings from all of us at Ho-Chunk, Inc. We are closed for business on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 25 & 26).

MEET US MONDAY -- Lynelle Blackhawk. She's working toward a Master of Business Administration degree and is a member of the Winnebago Tribe. She recently was promoted to Compliance Projects Specialist II at our corporate office, an important role related to SBA 8(a) government contracting and HubZone certification. She answered these questions for us. Q: Tell us about yourself and your family. A: My name is Lynelle Blackhawk (Freemont) and I am an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe. I come from the Buffalo Clan and my Indian name is Moraje Wiga, which means, She who travels about the land. I am married to Kenny Blackhawk and we have three (soon to be four) wonderful children. We are expecting another little boy in May 2018. I have grown up in Winnebago most of my life so it is extremely important to me to be able to work and give back to the Winnebago community as best I can. In addition to being a college student and working full-time for the company, I also serve on various boards throughout the community. Any opportunity I see available to help serve the Winnebago people, I always try my best to get involved. Q: What makes you excited about your position? A: It makes me more excited to be an educated Winnebago Tribal member and to work for the type of company I do. Ho-Chunk, Inc. is an amazing company to work for and I hope to be an example to others in the community that tribal members can be successful in the corporate business world. I plan to receive my Master of Business Administration degree by the end of this year. It can only benefit my career and hopefully bring an even better promotion in the future! Q: How has your role with the company changed since you started? A: I began working for Ho-Chunk, Inc. in 2013 after working six years with the Winnebago Tribe. I started as an accounts payable clerk in the accounting department. After a year, I transferred to Ho-Chunk, Inc.s Corporate Operations/Support Services division. From there, I have gradually worked my way into the position I am in now. Its been quite a learning experience but a very rewarding one to say the least. I am looking forward to what this position has to offer! Q: Whats something about you that might surprise people? A: Ive lived in Winnebago my entire life but I was able to attend four different high schools in three different states AND had the opportunity to graduate my junior year of high school (I declined). I clearly loved to try new things, travel and was an overachiever in school. Q: Whats your favorite food? A: I am not a very picky person when it comes to food so I enjoy a variety of different foods.

From education to jobs, housing and health, each days work at Ho-Chunk, Inc. is a step for tomorrow.

MEET US MONDAY -- William Bass joins our team as Training Coordinator. This high school coachs favorite food is homemade macaroni and cheese. We asked him that and more below. Welcome, Willy! Q: Tell us about yourself and your family. A: Hizakisana, hinikarigiwina. Masja Mani ga higairena. Greetings everyone. My name is William Bass. My Hocak (Ho-Chunk) ceremonial name is Masja Mani, which means Walks Hard or Walks with Purpose. I am a member of the Bear Clan of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. My parents are Greg and Janet Bass. I have three brothers and two sisters. Im happily married to Antonio Bass for three years and we have six rambunctious dogs and a smelly cat. I have lived here for 26 years and I have lots and lots of family, relatives and friends who live here. Winnebago is my home. The people are my people. Q: What makes you excited about your new position? A: As Training Coordinator with the Human Resources department, I have an opportunity to have a positive impact on Ho-Chunk, Inc.s newly-hired employees and their learning experiences. I am also excited about working with the people around me. So far everyone has been welcoming, supportive and resourceful. It has been a great experience already and Im looking forward to working with more people in the future. My job includes performing training needs assessments, designing and delivering curriculum and learning materials, and managing all phases of training interventions. My job will also include work with Ho-Chunk, Inc.s Community Impact and Engagement department, where I will be working closely with Ann Marie Downes and Felicia Torres with projects involving teaching and learning within the community, as well as within various Ho-Chunk, Inc. entities. Q: What did you do before joining Ho-Chunk, Inc.? A: Before joining Ho-Chunk, Inc. I was a teacher at the Winnebago Public Schools. I taught third and fourth grade math, reading, writing, social studies, culture and language arts. Working with the children in the education system has taught me so much and has allowed me to grow as a professional and as a person. It has also caused me to develop an even deeper passion for teaching, learning and helping others be the best they can be in life. This is what I will be able to do with my new job with Ho-Chunk, Inc. Q: Whats something about you that might surprise people? A: People might be surprised by the fact that I coach high school girls volleyball and I dislike bacon. Q: Whats your favorite food? A: My favorite food is homemade macaroni and cheese. In fact, I wish I had a hot, steamy bowl of some right in front of me right now!

Season's greetings from all of us at Ho-Chunk, Inc. We are closed for business on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 25 & 26).