Published April 2, 2017
MADISON, WISCONSIN – The thirteenth annual State of the Tribes Address will take place at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in the Wisconsin State Assembly at the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin.
Representative Robin Vos, Speaker of the Assembly, issued the annual invitation to the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council. Shannon Holsey, President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, will be delivering the speech.
“This event affords the Wisconsin Tribes the platform to advance the conversation of how we can, as government-to-government, exercise our Tribal sovereignty and leverage our collective needs and concerns and foster a relationship that results in effective and positive outcomes that benefit everyone’s interests,” President Holsey states.
The events for the day include a Native American drum and honor song on the east wing steps of the Capitol, beginning at 12:15 pm, weather permitting. Students from the Indian Community School of Milwaukee will do the honors on the drum. A Veterans Color Guard will post the colors in the Assembly Chamber. The invocation before the speech will be given by Jeremy Mohawk, Councilman of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, and a Stockbridge-Munsee Community Veteran will lead all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The State of the Tribes Address will be presented to the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate in a regular session for the Assembly. Assembly leaders invite the Senate and constitutional officers to join them for the speech. The event has become a regular feature of the spring legislative sessions, offering an opportunity for the eleven federally recognized Native American Tribes and the Wisconsin Legislature to refresh their relationship and explore areas of mutual governmental interest. Along with the address highlighting the current and developing state of the Tribal governments and the reservation communities, the event provides an opportunity for discussions between Tribal governing bodies and members of the legislature about legislative priorities.
“I’m pleased that we can continue this Assembly tradition that promotes better communications between the Tribal nations and the state,” said Speaker Vos. “It’s important to find areas of mutual concern that we can work on together.”
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