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Governor and His Administration Sign Tribal Consultation Agreements

Agreements recognize the importance of government-to-government collaboration with Wisconsin’s eleven federally recognized Native Nations


Press Release

Governor Evers Office


Editor's Note: LCO Chairman Louis Taylor and Secretary-Treasurer Tweed Shuman traveled to Green Bay to attend the state-tribal consultations. The event was hosted by the Oneida Tribe.


Shuman told LCO News during an on-air interview with Joe Morey on WOJB in the mornings that Taylor and himself were well armed with great points to discuss with the governor's team and voice the Tribe's concerns.


Shuman said they were able to meet with Sec. Brennan of the Dept. of Administration and Sec. Barka of the Dept. of Revenue. He said they talked about the decreasing funds in the annual law enforcement grant and stressed that Tribes give over $50 million to the state from gaming compact dollars and they need to give back more in areas such as tourism, law enforcement and other cooperative agreements between counties and tribes.


"These consultations are very important to the Tribes," Shuman added. "I know we are sovereign and equal with the states, but it's still important to get together and talk about our issues."


Press Release


Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, sitting, signs a consultation agreement with state tribal nations during a ceremony at the Raddison Hotel & Conference Center in Ashwaubenon Dec. 9, 2021. (WLUK Fox 11 image)

ONEIDA—Gov. Tony Evers, together with several members of his cabinet, joined Tribal chairs and presidents from several of Wisconsin’s eleven federally recognized Native Nations to sign agreements relating to consultation between the state of Wisconsin and Native Nations.


The agreements underscore the importance of respectful and cooperative communication in government-to-government relations with Native Nations. The agreements also stress the importance of collaboration to help improve the planning and delivery of state services to Tribal governments, Tribal communities, and Tribal citizens while recognizing Native Nations’ sovereignty and promoting the inclusion of Native Nations and Tribal perspectives in the work of state agencies.


“Signing these agreements today is only the start of our work. The real work comes in the months and years ahead, in living up to these expectations we have set, in growing and developing these relationships, and in updating and renewing our commitments along the way,” said Gov. Evers. “There is tremendous potential for our state and for our Tribal communities when we work together and collaborate to ensure the prosperity, health, and well-being of all those who call Wisconsin home, and I look forward to continuing to foster these government-to-government relations with the sovereign Native Nations in Wisconsin.”


In 2004, Gov. Jim Doyle signed Executive Order #39, recognizing the government-to-government relationship between the state of Wisconsin and the federally recognized Native Nations located within the state of Wisconsin. Gov. Evers reaffirmed that executive order, recognized that Native Nations have sovereign authority, and renewed the state’s commitment to work collaboratively in partnership with the Native Nations with Executive Order #18 in April 2019.Theagreementssigned today build on that work.


An example of the agreements signed by 17 cabinet agencies, respectively, is available here, excluding the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which has existing Partnership Agreements negotiated under federal law.


Wisconsin is home to eleven federally-recognized Native Nations and one federally unrecognized nation, including Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Forest County Potawatomi Community, Ho-Chunk Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Sokaogon Chippewa Community Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, and Brothertown Indian Nation.