State of the Tribes

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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.

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.