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Tribal Affairs Office

The Tribal Affairs Office (TAO) assists the Department in maintaining an effective government-to-government relationship with the 11 recognized Wisconsin tribal governments and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC).

The Goal of the Tribal Affairs Office is to:
Effectively collaborate with Wisconsinís Tribal Nations to make sustained progress toward maximizing funding support of health care services provided to tribal members and improving health outcomes.

Upcoming Events:

National American Indian & Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar Series ó Free monthly webinar series.

Each session is 1 hour in length, and takes place the 1st Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Kate Thrams at or (319) 335-5362.

2014 Tribal Family Service Program Directors Meeting Schedule

July 16, 2014 St. Croix (Danbury, WI)
October 15, 2014 Menominee (Keshena, WI)

Roles and responsibilities of TAO staff include:

  • Exercising multiple roles in the protection and promotion of the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin;
  • Helping in the development of Wisconsin tribal policies;
  • Organizing mid-year and end-year DHS-tribal consultation meetings;
  • Participating in the Governorís quarterly tribal consultation policy meetings with reports;
  • Consulting with DHS staff and tribes on funding and program requirements; and
  • Communicating with tribal governments and/or GLITC on issues of concern.

TAO staff also serve as a resource for:

  • Tribal staff;
  • DHS staff;
  • General public;
  • Other Wisconsin state agencies;
  • Other states; and
  • Federal agencies.

In addition:

  • Developing, negotiating and administering the tribal contract;
  • Facilitating the development, implementation and coordination of Human Services Programs; and
  • Providing training to Department staff on tribal culture, structure, and funding.

Last Revised:  April 23, 2014