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 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 establish the framework of guiding principles and define the processes by which WisDOT, the Wisconsin Division-Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will work in collaboration with the 11 federally recognized Tribal Governments of Wisconsin.
2019 Partnership Agreement Between Wisconsin’s Eleven Federally Recognized Tribes, WI-FHWA, WisDOT and BIA
2010 Partnership Agreement Between Wisconsin’s Federally Recognized Tribes, WI-FHWA, and WisDOT
2005 Partnership Agreement Between Wisconsin’s Federally Recognized Tribes, WI-FHWA, and WisDOT
Tribes of Wisconsin (reference book) - This manual, created by the Department of Administration, serves as an educational tool that contains information about the history of the tribes, elected tribal officials, Tribal Government and demographics.