Sometime in the early 19th century, a squirrel buried a Burr Oak acorn next to an eagle-shaped mound, an earth work created by the "ancient ones". The squirrel forgot about the acorn and the tree took root next to the eagle mound not far from a small duck-filled lake in an area known always to the Ho Chunk people as Dejope, which means four lakes in their language.
The Burr Oak slowly grew in a quiet natural rhythm, silently witnessing the contacts between the Ho Chunk people and the American settlers. One of these early settlers was a Dominican Missionary named Father Samuel Mazzuchelli who is considered to be the founder of Madison, Wisconsin's Edgewood College, home of the Eagle-Mound Burr Oak.
In 2006, the Eagle-Mound Burr-Oak, which was the oldest tree on the Edgewood campus, had to be removed because of root rot. Students and staff at Edgewood asked Harry Whitehorse to create a sculpture from the tree that will honor the history, present, and future of Dejope's indigenous people, the HoChunk.
The above description, written by Debra Whitehorse, was copied from http://www.harrywhitehorse.com/edgewood/edgewood.htm and used here with her permission.