The Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature consists of thirteen (13) elected representives from five (5) districts. The Legislature selects from its members a Vice President to serve throughout such Member's term.
Representatives are elected to staggered four year terms. Members of the Legislature are elected by a majority vote of the elgible voters from their respective Districts. The thirteen (13) officials represent a total of 7,253 enrolled tribal members - 5,102 members that reside within Wisconsin counties and 2,151 members that reside outside of Wiscosin.
The Legislature represents the Ho-Chunk Nation and it's people and acts in all matters that concern the welfare of the Nation.
In accordance with the HCN Constitution the Legislature is tasked with: making laws, including codes, ordinances, resolutions and statutes; Raising revenues, including the power to levy and collect taxes and license fees; set salaries, terms and conditions of employment for all government personnel; Set Legislative procedures, select officers an d enact laws governing attendance of members, including penalties for abasences; Enact all laws prohibiting and regulating conduct and impose pernalities upon all person within the jurisdiction of the Nation; Negotiate and enter into treaties, compacts, contracts and agreements with other government, organizations or individuals; authorize and appropriate funds to employ legal counsel in accordance with applicable law; acquire or purchase lands for the benefit of the Nation and its members; enact laws to manage, lease, permit or otherwise deal with the Nation's lands, interest in lands or other assets.