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, Inc. (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.

2016 Scheduled Events:

2016 Family Services Meetings

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    • Host Tribe:  Stockbridge-Munsee Community
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    • Host Tribe:  Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    • Host Tribe:  Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    • Host Tribe:  Forest County Potawatomi Community

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: November 24, 2015