Harvard 'impressed' by Winnebago Tribe
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A group of judges on Wednesday praised the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska for its economic development successes, saying they were "impressed" with the growth of its businesses.

The tribe is up for a $100,000 innovative government award from Harvard University. Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe's economic development corporation, is the focus of the award.

Chairman John Blackhawk and Ho-Chunk CEO Lance Morgan pitched the business to the Harvard judges via an Internet broadcast. More than just providing economic opportunity, the tribe's businesses have improved social conditions, said Morgan.

The tribe has already received $20,000 for being a semi-finalist in the program. Finalists will be announced December 13.

Among the many enterprises owned by Ho-Chunk are Indianz.Com and AllNative.Com.

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