Ho-Chunk hope change sends more to college

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Ho Chunk tribal legislature is proposing a policy that would tie member payouts to achievements such as college, work and military service.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the tribe has a shortage of qualified professionals in fields including health care, IT, accounting and management.

In 2001, the tribe started requiring a high school diploma for 18-year-olds to collect their trust fund dividend payouts. This year's graduates will collect about $200,000 each before taxes.

It's partly why Ho-Chunk high school graduation rates have dramatically increased in a generation.

The tribe declined to provide data about college enrollment and graduation rates through the years. But in a recent survey of 18- to 30-year-old Ho-Chunk members, 68 percent of respondents who said they started college at any level didn't finish.

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