The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (WisDOT) Tribal Affairs Initiative works exclusively on Tribal relations and all transportation related issues affecting Tribal communities. The United States government has a unique legal relationship with federally-recognized Tribal Governments as set forth in the Constitution, treaties, statutes, and court decisions. WisDOT has a responsibility and is committed to this unique government-to-government relationship that respects Tribal sovereignty and self-determination.


The Department of Workforce Development's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Native American Hiring Provision

The Native American Hiring Provision supports the government-to-government relationship between the state and the tribes, and enhances Native American labor employment opportunities on state and federal transportation projects that are located on, or partially on, tribal or reservation lands. This WisDOT contract provision was developed in consultation with tribal leaders and labor contacts and adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in 2014. It requires direct engagement between primes, including subcontractors and tribal labor offices when projects are carried out on or partially on tribal or reservation lands.


TrANS is a cost-effective program that helps to fulfill entry-level laborer positions for construction contractors. It is a collaborative effort combining the strengths of industry and labor, community-based organizations, government and the contractors of Wisconsin.


The Inter-Tribal Task Force (ITTF) and the Tribal Labor Advisory Committee are working together to provide a listing of Contracting and Employment Opportunities for our Native American workforce and Native American owned businesses. The goal is to have an easily accessible and comprehensive listing of Tribal contracting and employment opportunities throughout Wisconsin Indian Country, and to reach every Tribal employee who seeks services.


From stakeholder meetings to the real-time list of highway construction projects across the state these present great opportunities for tribal employment and procurement.

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Our transportation system is a shared resource. The partnerships we’ve established in both public and private sectors support a transportation network that accommodates commerce, industry and tourism.

Craig ThompsonTransporation Secretary
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