Outreach to Native Americans: A Comprehensive Look at Wisconsin's Efforts

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Wisconsin Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have partnered to achieve their goals when serving mutual customers. This includes working with Native Americans businesses and individuals, working with Wisconsin's two Native American community colleges and working with Wisconsin's eleven federally recognized Tribes on a government-to-government basis. Both agencies have proactively sought ways to increase employment of Native Americans, increase the participation of Native American businesses contracting for transportation infrastructure development, and increase participation of Federally recognized Tribes in the Federal-aid highway program. The WisDOT and FHWA have moved from the traditional command and control concept of administering the Federal-aid highway program to a partnership concept. WisDOT, FHWA and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) have successfully partnered since 1995. WisDOT, FHWA and the College of the Menominee Nation (CMN) have successfully partnered since 1999. The partnerships with LCOOCC and CMN were developed to increase the opportunity to achieve greater success in their mutual goals as they related to Native Americans including strengthening the economy of the reservations with real jobs. Huge opportunities continue to exist within the Federal-aid highway program due to the increased funding provided by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) and it is anticipated this funding will continue into the future.


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  • Accession Number: 01108423
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  • Created Date: Aug 11 2008 12:05PM