Tribal affairs

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (WisDOT) tribal affairs initiative works exclusively on tribal relations and all transportation related issues affecting tribal communities.

The United States government has a unique legal relationship with federally recognized Tribal Governments as set forth in the Constitution, treaties, statutes and court decisions. WisDOT has a responsibility and is committed to this unique government-to-government relationship that respects tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

11 federally recognized Tribal Governments in Wisconsin

Executive Order

Executive Order 39, issued in 2004, affirms the government-to-government relationship between Wisconsin's tribes and the state of Wisconsin. As such, state cabinet agencies are directed to work cooperatively with tribes on any policies, programs or issues that have the potential to impact tribal communities.

The purpose of the Partnership Agreement is to continue to create and define the processes by which WisDOT and the Wisconsin Division-Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will work in collaboration with the 11 federally recognized Tribal Governments of Wisconsin.

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