Ho-Chunk Nation legislators met with Rep. Rozar to discuss several issues important to tribal members. Rep. Rozar (\’rōz – ǝr\) is a retired nurse from Marshfield, WI. She also sits on the Wood County Board of Supervisors. Rep. Rozar has been active in Republican Party politics since the early 1990’s, speaking especially about pro-life causes and AIDS awareness after her husband had died of the disease. She ran several times for state assembly and senate between 1994 and 2003, losing each time but finally winning her current seat in the 2020 general election – and second term in 2022.
Rep. Rozar chairs the Assembly Committee on Family Law, which is expected to take up several bills that would impact tribal children and families. Ho-Chunk Nation representatives discussed the impetus and impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act, as well as the potential impact from Safe Haven.
The group discussed education, language preservation, and the recent race-based discrimination incidents in both Black River Falls and Baraboo. Other topics included the State appropriations using tribal gaming (compact) revenue, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the opioid crisis, affordable housing concerns, and law enforcement cooperation.
Rep. Rozar is an assembly representative whose district covers the area between Black River Falls to Marshfield, including Abbotsford, Colby, and Neillsville.