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Relationship Building

Echoing similar action on the federal level, Wisconsin Executive Order #39, enacted in 2004, recognizes Tribal sovereignty and provides guidance for consulting and collaborating with federally recognized Native Nations of Wisconsin. Furthermore, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 addresses the rights of Native Nations and requires consultation between Native Nations and the University in our stewardship of cultural resources. Research that advances institutional acknowledgement of Tribal nations as sovereign governments based on their legal treaty rights and government-to-government relationship with the state has the ancillary benefit of fostering greater Native American student enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates.

Catherine Reiland
Relationship Building Lead
Office of the Provost