Executive Order number 39 calls on all
state agencies to work cooperatively with Native American tribes on
efforts that strengthen regional and statewide economies.
May 2005, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) entered a
first-of-its-kind Tribal Partnership Agreement with Wisconsin's 11
tribal governments that promotes communication and cooperation
between the state and tribes on transportation issues.
establishes a WisDOT Tribal Task Force comprised of WisDOT and
tribal officials that will serve as a forum to discuss
transportation issues and policies impacting tribes.
Serves as an educational tool when working in Indian country.
Provides a general overview of issues and information affecting the Tribes in Wisconsin. The areas of American Indian history and American Indian law are extremely complicated.
Over the past year, WisDOT and tribes have met to craft policies on historic preservation, business capacity building, and training of WisDOT staff on Indian sovereignty and law.
The Partnership Agreement between WisDOT,
Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) and 11 Tribal Governments in Wisconsin, was signed in May 2005 and is one of the few written agreements between a state Department of Transportation and Indian Nations.
WisDOT and Tribe sign partnership agreement
On July 22, 2011, WisDOT and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Tribal
Council signed a partnership agreement and extension of Executive
Order number 39, which is an affirmation of the
government-to-government relationship between Wisconsin and Indian
tribal governments in Wisconsin.
This agreement promotes a partnership between WisDOT, the Wisconsin
Division of the Federal Highway Administration and the 11 federally
recognized Tribes on transportation issues, as well as measureable
goals outlining transportation initiatives designed to strengthen
state and tribal economies.
During the past five years, the partnership agreement resulted in
many successful projects:
Tribal Task Force
Tribal Historic Preservation Project
Tribal Transportation Conference
Tribal Transportation Safety Project
Tribal Road Safety Summit, held in March 2010
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.
National Summer Transportation Institute Program
public service announcement (PSA)
was developed by students
participating in the National Summer Transportation Institute Program
through the College of Menominee Nation and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa
Community College in Wisconsin.
For more information on tribal affairs, contact:
Kelly Jackson, Statewide Tribal Liaison
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD)
Office of Business Outreach and Compliance 4802 Sheboygan Ave., Room 451
P.O. Box 7965
Madison, WI 53707-7965
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