Ho-Chunk Nation reference on gameshow Jeopardy!

By Ardith Van Riper

     January 15, the clue was, “Deb Haaland of the Laguna Pueblo & Sharice Davids of the Ho-Chunk Nation are the first women of this group in Congress.” 

     The clue was revealed under the category title ‘U.S. Representatives’ and presented in the Double Jeopardy! Round.  Contestant Laura Thomason, an English professor from Lizella, Georgia, responded, “What is Indigenous women?”

     Longtime game show host Alex Trebek replied, “Yeah.  We’ll accept that, I believe.”

     The correct answer was Native American.

     Representatives Haaland and Davids made history in 2018 when they became the first two Native American women elected to the United States Congress.  Both took to Twitter that evening.

     “Thank you @Jeopardy for the shout out!@sharicedavids and I may have been the first, but we won’t be the last! More Native Women are choosing to run for office at every level.  Sharice and I both see them and we are happy to support them every step of the way! #BeFierce.” – Deb Haaland.

     “What is…Native and proud.  Thanks for the shout out, @Jeopardy!” – Sharice Davids.