Gov. Tony Evers today delivered the Democratic Radio Address celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day and highlighting his 2023-25 biennial budget investments and support for Wisconsin’s Native Nations, including investments to support Tribal veterans, kids and families, students, and elders.
Hey there, folks. Governor Tony Evers here.
Building strong relationships with the Native Nations that call Wisconsin home has been one of my highest priorities.
As governor, I’ve been proud to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day and to issue an executive order formally apologizing for the historic role the state played in Indian Boarding Schools.
And together, we’ve worked to advance projects to expand affordable housing on Tribal lands, unveiled exciting dual-language road signs that feature both English and Indigenous languages, and found avenues to diversify Tribal revenue by permitting event wagering, along with many other notable achievements.
I was also proud to sign a state budget that makes critical investments in the strength and well-being of Native Nations and Indigenous communities across the state through our child care and child welfare, Tribal Elder Food Boxes, and funding for Tribal veteran services.
The budget also includes conservation efforts and funding programming at UW-Green Bay developed with the Oneida Nation to support STEM education camps and provide access to UW-Green Bay’s college credit program for students.
My commitment has been and will always be to strengthen our government-to-government partnership with the Tribal Nations and to ensure that the experiences and perspective of Native people are always included and respected in our work at the state level.
We have much work to do, but I look forward to continuing our work together in the years ahead. Thank you.