Tribal affairs information


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.


Promote and enhance government-to-government relationships between Wisconsin’s 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.


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.

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).

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