Sokaogon Chippewa Community News
Tribal Leaders Sign Updated Partnership Agreement
“This agreement is about providing guidance and structure for us to enjoy a deeper and more meaningful understanding of our unique operational needs,” said Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson. “Our signatures today mark a new chapter in important relationships we want to continue cultivating for the benefit of our communities and future generations.”
“Good, strong partnerships take time, understanding and communication. For nearly 15 years, Wisconsin’s 11 Tribes have worked with state and federal government to advocate for transportation projects that leverage community impact,” said Shannon Holsey, President of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Inc. and President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. “Expansion of the partnership agreement is another positive step forward for us all.”
The partnership agreement followed Gov. Jim Doyle’s Executive Order 39 in 2004. The agreement was last updated in fall 2010. Earlier this year, Gov. Tony Evers issued Executive Order 18 reaffirming the importance of the inter-governmental relationships. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes attended the signing event in Bayfield.