History of the Winneshiek's:
Chief's Ben and Mike


August 24, 2017




In 1986 Benjamin W. Winneshiek became chief of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Benjamin W. Winneshiek was the son of William and Ruth (Red Cloud) Winneshiek. Benjamin W. Winneshiek died May 1998. Benjamin W. Winneshiek married the former Imogene Swallow on March 8, 1952. The couple first lived at Dells Dam until moving to rural Black River Falls in 1964. Imogene died on April 27, 1998, eight days prior to her husband Ben's death.

Benjamin Walter Winneshiek

Taking the place of Benjamin W. Winneshiek, as chief of the Ho-Chunk Nation, was Mike Winneshiek.
Mike Winneshiek passed away on Saturday May 6, 2000.
He is depicted in the following photographs below at our 1998 Memorial Day Pow Wow, which is held annually in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
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Chief Mike

Mike with Red Cloud's

The next several photographs depict Chief Mike Winneshiek dancing with the Chak-hah-chee Youth Dancers from Nekoosa (June 1998).

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Chief Mike Dancing

Chief Mike Dancing

Chief Mike Dancing

Go to next page to learn about the Ho-Chunk Nation's Memorial and Labor Day Pow Wows.


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