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Tribal affairs - Partnership agreement

Signing partnership agreement.Signing partnership agreement.Tribal drum playing.Photos from 2010 partnership agreement signing ceremony held in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Wisconsin State Capitol Building in Madison, WI. (Drum—Winnebago Sons, Ho-Chunk Nation)

In May of 2005, WisDOT entered into a Partnership Agreement with 11 federally recognized Tribal Governments in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to promote communication and cooperation between the agencies and tribes on transportation issues.

  • The agreement was updated and re-signed in October of 2010 to reaffirm the partnership and include core emphasis areas of partnership, transportation safety, economic development, building capacity of tribally run businesses, Native American labor development, training and cultural resources.
  • During the past five years, the partnership agreement resulted in many successful projects:
    • Inter-Tribal Task Force
    • Tribal Historic Preservation Project
    • Tribal Transportation Conference
    • Tribal Transportation Safety Project
    • Tribal Road Safety Summit
  • WisDOT/Tribal partnership agreement

Purpose of the partnership agreement

  • Create and define the processes by which WisDOT and the Wisconsin Division of the FHWA work in collaboration with tribes on transportation related issues.
  • Delegate initiatives to be carried out by the statewide and regional tribal liaisons.
  • Designate statewide tribal liaisons to work with bureaus and divisions to facilitate tribal involvement on transportation related matters.

July 22, 2011 - WisDOT and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Tribal Council signed a partnership agreement and extension of Executive Order 39, which is an affirmation of the government-to-government relationship between Wisconsin and Indian tribal governments in Wisconsin.

WisDOT and Stockbridge-Munsee Community Tribal Council sign partnership agreement July 22, 2011.

Partnership Agreement signing ceremony with the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians 2011.

WisDOT and Tribe sign partnership agreement October 2010.

WisDOT and Tribe sign Partnership Agreement October 2010.

WisDOT and Tribe sign partnership agreement May 2005.

WisDOT and Tribe sign Partnership Agreement May 2005.

An integral component of this agreement is the Annual Tribal Leaders' Consultation meeting, hosted by WisDOT's Secretary, to provide a unique opportunity for tribal leaders to continue a dialogue on a shared vision for future tribal initiatives at WisDOT.

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Last modified: August 15, 2013

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