Tribal Affairs Office

The Tribal Affairs Office (TAO) assists the Department of Health Services (DHS) in maintaining an effective government-to-government relationship with the eleven 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 Governments to make sustained progress toward maximizing funding support of health care services provided to tribal members and improving health outcomes.

Upcoming Events:


2015 Tribal Family Service Program Directors Meeting Schedule

Date:                    Wednesday April 15, 2015
Host Tribe:          Ho-Chunk Nation
Location:             Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Office Building
                            W9814 Airport Road
                            Black River Falls, WI 54615
Agenda:              4/15/15 (PDF, 20.8 KB)



2015 Mid-Year Consultation Meeting


Date:                   Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Host Tribe:         Oneida Nation
Location:            Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
Address:             2040 Airport Drive
                             Green Bay, WI 54313
Agenda:              5/12/15 Agenda (PDF, 24.3 KB)



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
  • Organizing and/or attending state-wide tribal and state program meetings
  • Participating in the Governor’s quarterly tribal consultation policy meetings with reports
  • Consulting with DHS staff and tribes on funding and program requirements
  • Communicating with tribal governments and/or GLITC on issues of concern
  • Developing, negotiating and administering the tribal contract
  • Facilitating the development, implementation and coordination of Human Services Programs
  • Providing training and technical assistance to DHS staff on tribal culture, structure, and funding

TAO staff serve as a resource for:

  • Tribal staff
  • DHS staff
  • General public
  • Other Wisconsin state and local agencies
  • Other states
  • Federal agencies
Last Revised: June 9, 2015