Wisconsin: Brown County signs intergovernmental deal with Oneida Nation

November 10, 2023
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The extension marks a nearly 30-year collaboration between the two groups.

The Oneida Nation in Wisconsin recently reached an intergovernmental agreement with Brown County, according to a Press Times local report. Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach signed the 15-year deal, which “recognizes the services each of the governments provides.”

The Nation released a statement, commenting on the recent signing. The group said in the release, “At the crux of these agreements is the fact that the Oneida Nation holds trust property, which is protected untaxed property.

“As a result of our historic treaties, the Federal Government is responsible for protecting our land, resources, assets and other interests forever. Oneida employs more than a thousand non-gaming employees who provide governmental services that supplement the depth of services our community receives at no cost to the local taxpayers.”

The state’s “Indian Gaming Regulatory Act” of 1988 gives “the Nation and other tribes to expense revenues to fund local government services,” the local report said.

In other Tribal news, the Nation recently held its general election on the Oneida Reservation, which is in Milwaukee and west of Green Bay. More than 1,400 Tribal citizens participated in the recent vote. The Oneida Nation is comprised of more than 17,000 members worldwide.

The Nation re-elected Chairman Tehassi Hill and Vice Chairman Brandon Yellowbird-Stevens to serve another term. Hill’s victory will allow him to serve as Chairman for another three-year term.

Other Oneida elected officials include Vice Chairman Brandon Yellowbird-Stevens, who secured another term against challenger Eric McLester. Secretary Lisa Liggins retained her seat for another term and Larry Barton won the position of treasurer against incumbent Curtis Danforth.

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