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Policies and Orders Regarding Consultation with Tribes

Ulia Gosart, Independent scholar


Executive Office of the President, Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. Guidance for Implementing E.O. 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments” (July 30, 2010)

Presidential memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies—Tribal Consultation (November 5, 2009).

Executive Order No. 13336 – American Indian and Alaska Native Education (April 30, 2004).

Bush pledges to uphold sovereignty (Aug. 30, 2000)

Executive Order No. 13084 – Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, 63 Fed. Reg. 27655 (Apr. 14, 1998).

Executive Order No. 13007 – Indian Sacred Sites, 61 Fed. Reg. 26711 (May 24, 1996).

Presidential memorandum Government-to-Government relations with Native American Tribal Governments (Apr. 29, 1994), 59 Fed. Reg. 22951 (May 4, 1994).

Statement by President George H. Bush – reaffirming the government-to-government relationship between the federal government and tribal governments (June 14, 1991). 

President Ronald Reagan’s American Indian Policy (Jan. 24, 1983). 

President Richard Nixon’s special message on Indian affairs (July 8, 1970).


Bureau of Indian Affairs Government-to-Government Consultation Policy (Dec. 13, 2000). 

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Policy Statement Regarding ACHP's Relationship with Indian Tribes (November 17, 2000) 

Secretarial Order No. 3215 -- Principles for the Discharge of the Secretary’s Trust Responsibility (April 28, 2000 to expire October 31, 2000). 

Secretarial Order  No. 3206– American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal – Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the Endangered Species Act (Department of Interior, Department of Commerce, June 5, 1997). 

Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs Advisory Memorandum to All DOI Bureau and Office Heads: Guidance on the Federal/Tribal Government-to-Government Policy (February 24, 1995). 

Bureau of Land Management H-8160-1 - General Procedural Guidance for Native American Consultation, (November 3, 1994). 

United States Fish & Wildlife Service Native American Policy (June 28, 1994)

Housing & Urban Development

HUD Tribal Consultation Document – Implementation of Statutory Changes to NAHASDA (November 28, 2001).

HUD Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Policy (June 28, 2001).

HUD American Indian and Alaska Native 1994 Policy Statement (April 29, 1994).

Environmental Protection Agency

Memorandum to all EPA Employees Reaffirming Indian Policy (July 11, 2001).

Tribal Consultation in EPA Region 10 (Feb. 4, 2000). 

Region 8 Policy for Environmental Protection in Indian Country (Feb. 4, 2000). 

EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian reservations (Nov. 8, 1984).

Other Agencies

United States Forest Service Action Plan for Tribal Consultation and Collaboration (March 2010). 

Internal Revenue Service – Outline of Tribal Consultation Policy (July 15, 2004).

Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration – Section 106 Tribal Consultation Q & A’s (May 12, 2004). 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Policy Statement on consultation with Indian tribes in Commission proceedings, 104 FERC ¶ 61, 108 (July 23, 2003). 

U.S. Department of Energy American Indian and Alaska Native Policy (August 21, 2001, reaffirming October 2000, and superseding April 8, 1992 policy). 

Department of Defense American Indian and Alaska Native Policy (October 20, 1998). 

Memorandum for U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Commanders – Policy Guidance Letter No. 57, Indian Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations with Indian tribes (Feb. 18, 1998).

United States Forest Service National Resource Book on American Indian and Alaska Native Relations (April 1997).

Department of Justice Policy on Indian Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations with Indian Tribes, 61 Fed. Reg. 29424, 29426 (June 10, 1996). 

Bonneville Power Administration Tribal Policy (April 29, 1996).

Resources for Institutions Involved in Cultural Preservation Services and Activities
Standards, Protocols and Best Practices:

NAGPRA (Department of Interior).

National Museum of the American Indian policies (from the Implementation of NAGPRA Hearing from the Committee on Indian Affairs, December 6, 1995).  

Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (Collaborative work)

Protocol for Research, Preservation and Recordings (Hopi Cultural Preservation Office).

Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (Society of American Archivists).

Reciprocal Research Network (Canada).

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