The State of Wisconsin and the Department of Health Services (DHS) have a unique legal relationship with each sovereign Tribal Governments located within Wisconsin as affirmed and described in state and federal law. Wisconsin Executive Order #39, issued in February 2004, affirms this government-to-government relationship.
Both DHS and the Tribes have a responsibility for the provision of health and human services to tribal members. Whether services are provided through tribal agencies or directly through DHS's partner agencies, it is critical that DHS's administration and leadership of Tribal Governments consult with one another to assure the availability and successful delivery of needed services.
Key documents supporting this relationship are as follows: