One Lac du Flambeau tribal member is reflecting on the importance of the annual state of the tribes address.
Performer and tribal liaison for the state Department of Transportation Kelly Jackson says the speech is an important way for tribes to engage with state government.
“To share with our state legislators some of the key issues and mutual expectations in tribal communities. Tribes are part of the government system in Wisconsin, so their opportunity to address the legislators is really a critical part of government relations.
Newly-elected chair of the Menominee Nation, Laurie Boivin gave the address to around 200 spectators on Thursday. Leaders from all eleven of Wisconsin’s tribes were present.
Following the address, Jackson performed at fundraiser for the Lac Court Oreilles Harvest Camp in the Penokee Range.