Category Archives: Community

Winnebago Free Library

Take a book, return a book. That’s the idea behind the new free library in Winnebago, NE. Each year, Flatwater Group’s parent company Ho-Chunk, Inc. works with college interns to help on meaningful community projects. The little library is an ongoing intern project to increase book access and promote reading. “It warms my heart seeing […]

Winnebago Basketball Fan Appreciation Night 2021

Go Big Blue! Huge thanks for everyone who joined us for Fan Appreciation Night at Winnebago Public School. Basketball fans got a free hot dog and swag from during the match-up between Winnebago and Omaha Nation. Flatwater Group and our parent company Ho-Chunk, Inc. are active partners in the Winnebago community. This is one of […]

Interior Department Announces the Deputy Solicitor for Indian Affairs on Biden-Harris Leadership Team

Please join us to congratulate Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes! She is joining the Biden Administration as the Deputy Solicitor for Indian Affairs. Ann Marie is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe and has been Ho-Chunk, Inc.’s Executive Vice President of Community Impact and Engagement for the past 4 years. Flatwater Group is a division […]

Tribes Help Tribes on the Path to Self-sufficiency

Through the Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD), Flatwater Group is helping tribes across the country develop their natural resources and promote tribal self-sufficiency. Because of disparities in Native American communities, this work became more urgent and faced bigger challenges in 2020 with COVID-19. Flatwater Group relies on face-to-face meetings and on-the-ground teams for  energy […]

HCCDC’s Top 10 Milestones Over 20 Years

Founded 20 years ago, the Ho-Chunk Community Development Corporation has been an invaluable nonprofit partner in Winnebago.  HCCDC serves as a centralized resource in our tribal community for strategic planning, project administration and pursuing funding opportunities to enhance community initiatives related to youth, education, housing, elders and more. The nonprofit gives us another way to […]

Ho-Chunk Way: Winnebago Youth Shelter

This Giving Tuesday, we’d like to share how Flatwater Group employees are making a direct and lasting difference in the Winnebago community. The Ho-Chunk Way Employee Donation Program started several years ago to help employees live the company’s mission. Each year, an employee committee identifies a Winnebago community priority. The Winnebago Youth Shelter is this […]

Winnebago Youth Shelter Receives Handmade Donation from Employees

Children at the Winnebago Youth Shelter received a donation of fleece tie blankets handmade by employees. We had a blast making the blankets during our company strategic planning retreat last month. The team-building activity was a way to continue supporting the Youth Shelter and safely share an experience together. The Winnebago Youth Shelter is this […]

Community-Wide Response During Pandemic

Our development model creates real, lasting change in the lives of Winnebago community members through programs, partnerships and direct contributions. That’s become even more critical during the pandemic to provide relief. Flatwater Group is working with key partners including the Winnebago Tribe and HoChunk Community Development Corporation (HCCDC) to connect resources in Winnebago and beyond. […]

GALLERY: Celebrating Community Progress at Annual Event

Each year, we celebrate community progress and partnerships at our annual event for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. At this year’s drive-thru event, we gave out 500 meals, 500 T-shirts and masks, and 300 goody bags for kids. The fun continued with a weeklong scavenger hunt around Ho-Chunk Village, a 40-acre master-planned community that’s doubling […]

VIDEO: Winnebago Indian Corn Harvest 2020

“Our vision is to develop a healthier community – through food,” said Aaron LaPointe of our sister company Ho-Chunk Farms.

Their Indian corn project in Winnebago, Nebraska is helping revive a diminishing cultural practice. It’s also a piece of the community’s larger food sovereignty effort.

This year, over 100 community members across several groups helped harvest and process by hand a record 12 acres total.

Flatwater Group’s work directly benefits the Winnebago community by helping support programs and partnerships like this.