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The Wisconsin Historical Society, considered one of the nation's finest historical institutions, is a State of Wisconsin government agency as well as a mission-driven entrepreneurial organization. Founded in 1846, the Society ranks as one of the largest, most active and diversified state historical societies in the nation. As a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. At its core, the Society believes that increasing the public's knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit. The Society’s values are to Embrace a Spirit of Service, Engage our Expertise, Spark Enthusiasm, Cultivate Inclusion, Exceed Expectations, and Think Big and Grow with Purpose. Its collections, historic sites and museums, historic preservation office and extensive educational programs are focused on enriching and transforming lives through unparalleled access to history.
The State of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) have a unique relationship with Native Nations in Wisconsin as set forth in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, and court decisions. The Tribal Liaison diplomatically leads outreach between the Native Nations of Wisconsin and WHS to develop positive relationships and support advancement of the Society’s programmatic initiatives and services by ensuring appropriate tribal input and consultation. This position is a member of WHS’s Senior Leadership and reports to the Director/CEO and works within the Office of the Director to support our collaborative work with the Native Nations of Wisconsin as part of our mission of collecting, preserving, and sharing stories.
The position represents WHS on external committees and groups that focus on American Indian issues; provides advice and expertise to agency staff on government-to-government relations with Native Nations; develops a higher competency throughout the organization on American Indian cultural understanding and concerns; and leads committees and teams that focus on American Indian initiatives. The Liaison has knowledge and appreciation for the important impact and contributions American Indians have had and continue to have on Wisconsin; collaborates with American Indian Nations as sovereign nations; and respects the unique voice, interests, and concerns of American Indians.