State of the Tribes

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The President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians told Wisconsin legislators they should not repeal the Mining Moratorium bill. The bill was signed in 1998 by Governor Tommy Thompson with bi-partisan support in the legislature. The law requires mining companies to prove a sulfide mine can run for 10 years and be closed for 10 years without polluting groundwater and surface waters from acid drainage.

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Wisconsin’s tribes are asking for dual-language signage and more power over public education in their communities.

Chairman Chris McGeshick of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community gave the State of the Tribes address Thursday in Madison. 

McGeshick emphasized the need for respecting government-to-government relationships between the tribes and the state, including the realm of education.

Reacting to State of the Tribes

Feb 18, 2014

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.