Tribal Labor advisory committee



Enhance and Expand Native American Labor Opportunities on WisDOT Projects

The Tribal Labor Advisory Committee (TLAC) initiative ultimately aims to develop strategies to enhance Native American labor opportunities on state and federal highway projects, as well as all other labor projects, by offering training, job matching, placement and ongoing technical support.  On the contractor side, the TLAC initiative looks to guide recruitment strategies, offer cultural sensitivity training, and develop incentives for hiring Native Americans.




Sokaogon Community Chippewa
3051 Sand Lake Road
Crandon, WI 54520


(715) 622-0305


Our Focus

Wisdot tribal affairs

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.

trans program

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.

Department of workforce development

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.

Inter-Tribal Task Force (ITTF)

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.

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.


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


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.
— Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson


Let's Chat.

Whether you’re a tribal member seeking training and employment, a contractor seeking qualified workers to join your project, or just have some general questions please reach out.

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