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Tribal affairs - Program information

Vision

Develop, foster and maintain good working relationships through consultation, collaboration, communication, and coordination with a goal to providing a safe and efficient transportation system for the movement of people, goods, and services which will enhance the quality of life for all citizens of tribal nations and the State of Wisconsin.

Mission

Promote and enhance government-to-government relationships between Wisconsinís eleven tribal governments and the State of Wisconsin. Respect and recognize the individual sovereignty of the tribes and the state in the development and operation of a safe and efficient transportation system that will foster and support current and future land and economic development while protecting the natural, cultural, and traditional environment.

Roles/responsibilities

The tribal affairs program is administered by the Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance (OBOEC), which is in the Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD).

The tribal affairs team consists of two Statewide Tribal Liaisons and five Regional Tribal Liaisons whose primary responsibility is to act as liaisons between the state agency and Wisconsin tribal governments on all policies, programs, and issues that have the potential to impact tribal communities.

Statewide tribal liaisons

The tribal affairs team consists of two statewide tribal liaisons whose primary responsibility is to act as liaisons between the state agency and Wisconsin tribal governments on all policies, programs, and issues that have the potential to impact tribal communities.

The statewide tribal liaison implements the government-to-government relationship with tribes at the state level. The statewide tribal liaisons also serves as a primary point of contact for tribal elected officials, regional tribal liaisons, and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council (GLITC).

  • Statewide tribal liaison role/responsibilities:
    • Oversee all regions within the state.
    • Work with various tribal affairs programs including: Inter-Tribal Task Force, Native American Hiring Provision, and Tribal Historic Preservation Project.
    • Often deal with state and federal policy for government-government relations regarding Tribes.
    • Constantly work on improving communication and development of tribal affairs policy as well as community outreach to the 11 federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin.
  • Statewide tribal liaison contacts
  • Initiatives

Regional tribal liaisons

In addition, there are regional tribal liaisons assigned to the five region offices (North Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest). The regional tribal liaisons serve as a primary point of contact for the tribes located in their respective regions in regards to transportation projects that are on or near tribal lands.

They implement the government-to-government relationship at the regional level. This includes working cooperatively with tribes on intergovernmental project related agreements.

  • Regional tribal liaison role/responsibilities:
    • Work closest with the tribes and projects located in their respective regions.
    • Will work together, and across regions, in instances where several tribes in Wisconsin, in addition to those out of state, have an interest in areas that extend beyond tribal lands and reservation boundaries.
  • Regional tribal liaison contacts
  • Regional project info./highlights
    • Program structure/map of regions
    • NC, NE, NW, SE, and SW region project info./highlights

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Last modified: August 15, 2013

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