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Tribal Affairs

The Office of the Secretary’s 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 Wisconsin’s 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 — Free monthly webinar series.

Each session is 1 hour in length, and takes place the 1st Wednesday of the month except for January it will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. For more information, contact Kate Thrams at or (319) 335-5362.

2014 Tribal Family Service Program Directors Meeting Schedule

April 9, 2014 Lac du Flambeau
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 Governor’s 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:  February 11, 2014