Marking Indigenous Peoples' Day in Madison

Morning update: Monday, Oct. 10

Marking Indigenous Peoples' Day in Madison
Photo by Bryce Richter / UW–Madison

Happy Monday, Madison!

Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The State of Wisconsin first formally recognized the holiday in 2019. Last year, President Joe Biden made Indigenous Peoples Day a federal holiday.

Wisconsin is home to 11 federally recognized tribes and one tribe seeking to regain its federal status, and Madison sits on Ho-Chunk tribal lands. Throughout this week, the Ho-Chunk Nation flag will fly on the UW–Madison campus in recognition of the holiday.

If you're looking for more Indigenous news in Wisconsin, I highly recommend the Green Bay Press Gazette's First Nations newsletter. Additionally, PBS Wisconsin's Tribal Histories series features a collection of tribal storytellers sharing the culture and oral traditions of their communities.

— Hayley

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🚨 The final Vision Zero speed reduction of 2022.

  • The speed limit on Segoe Road from University Avenue to Odana Road has decreased from 30 mph to 25 mph. This change marks the last planned speed limit change of the year for the city's Vision Zero initiative.
  • According to the city, there have been 8 crashes resulting in injury on Segoe Road since 2017.
  • What's Vision Zero? It's a city-wide initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on city streets by 2035. Already this year the city has implemented speed reductions along portions of East Washington Avenue, John Nolen Drive, Mineral Point Road, Old Sauk Road, and Portage Road.

🏡 Checking in on the permanent men's homeless shelter.

  • Some context: It's been a long and winding road to build a permanent men's homeless shelter in Madison. In the past, church basements played host to unhoused men but the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 forced an end to that practice. The city partnered with the county to search for a permanent shelter location and — after two failed plans — settled on a site at 1902 Bartillon Drive on the far east side.
  • Isthmus reports that despite some setbacks, the new shelter is on track for construction to begin in late 2023 or the first part of 2024.
  • The total cost of the project is expected to be roughly $21 million. In August, the city and county pledged an additional $3 million and $6 million, respectively to the project, making the shelter the single largest capital investment in the county budget.
"There’s no going back to the church basements. Those days are over." — Jim O’Keefe, director of the city’s Community Development Division
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  • Via PBS Wisconsin: "On the edge of Madison's south side sits a tiny community that represents a slice of Wisconsin's diversity.

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