Upcoming Tribal Consultations

We host consultations with Tribal Nations to:

  • Honor our nation-to-nation relationship.
  • Hear directly from Tribal leaders as we address the health, economic, racial justice, and climate crises — all of which disproportionately impact American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Commit ourselves to a process that addresses Tribal needs and ensures we respect and take input to heart.

Recent and Ongoing Consultations

The Department facilitates consultations that address broad topics, such as climate change and American Rescue Plan Funding. Our bureaus and offices lead consultations on specific issues.

Reforming hardrock mining laws, regulations, and permitting policies

The Department of the Interior Interagency Work Group on Mining Reform is committed to hearing from American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments and Alaska Native Corporations on the legacy of mining on Tribal communities. It is seeking stakeholder input on the impacts from new mining, the protection of treaty rights, sacred sites, and upholding the trust responsibility. Given that hardrock mining on public lands is still governed by the General Mining Law of 1872, the group will make recommendations for updates and reforms necessary to ensure that new exploration and production meets strong environmental and Tribal engagement standards during all stages of mine development while improving the efficiency and outcomes of the permitting process, consistent with the Biden-Harris Administration’s Fundamental Principles for Domestic Mining Reform

The Department will seek input from Tribal leaders in three listening sessions to be held August 2, 10 and 15, 2022, and in four formal Tribal consultations sessions to be held August 25, 26, 29 and 30, 2022. In addition, input will be sought from Alaska Native Corporations in a listening session on August 19, 2022. 

For information on the listening and consultation sessions with Tribal leaders, see the July 25, 2022, dear Tribal leader letter. For information on the listening session with ANCs, see the July 25, 2022, letter to Alaska Native Corporation representatives.

Public Safety, Criminal Justice, and the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous 

The Department of the Interior and Department of Justice, in coordination with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Energy, and Homeland Security, are seeking Tribal and stakeholder input related to the policy directives outlined in Executive Order 14053 - Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People. Among other goals, the executive order aims to improve federal coordination efforts to prevent and respond to violence against Native Americans and support Tribal governments and other non­-federal law enforcement efforts in this endeavor.

We are seeking input from Tribal leaders regarding implementation of interagency strategies and policy directives, with a focus on how agencies can promote cross-agency coordination to serve Tribal communities

You can find more details and the schedules for the March 9, 10, and 11 consultations in the February 7 letter to Tribal Leaders

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To inform the Task Force’s recommendations to the BGN, the Department will host virtual consultation sessions scheduled by time zone. Tribal representatives are encouraged to provide comments on the current list of candidate replacement names and to provide your recommendations for candidate names to be considered along with the initial list. 

You can find the schedules for the March 21, 22 and 23 consultations in the so3404-dear-tribal-leader-letter.pdfso3404-dear-tribal-leader-letter.pdfso3404-dear-tribal-leader-letter.pdfFeb. 22 letter to Tribal leaders. To attend these consultations, you must register in Zoom.

Date

Time

Audience and Zoom Registration

March 21, 2022

12 pm – 2 pm Mountain Time

Mountain Time Zone Tribes

March 22, 2022

11 am–1 pm Pacific Time

Pacific and Alaska Time Zone Tribes

March 23, 2022

1 pm– 3 pm Eastern Time

Eastern and Central Time Zone Tribes

The list of candidate replacement names is available on the USGS website.  **********

Consultation on DOI FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Performance Goals and Measures

Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 and the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (GPRAMA) of 2010, federal agencies are required to release a strategic plan one year after a presidential inauguration and annually track the agency’s performance in implementing the plan. The Department of the Interior (Department) is planning to release its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2026 Strategic Plan in the spring of 2022. The Department held a series of consultations in October and November 2021 to gain input on the upcoming strategic plan. During the consultations, many participants expressed an interest in not just the strategic plan, but also in developing the performance goals and performance measures that will be used to track the Department’s progress in achieving the goals set forth in the strategic plan.

Between March 31 and April 7, 2022, the Department will host a series of consultations sessions to give Tribal leaders opportunity to provide input on the development of the performance goals and measures that support the FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. The Department will use this input to inform how we refine current measures or develop new measures over the next year.

To receive input from Tribal leaders, the Department is hosting virtual sessions scheduled by time zone. Tribal representatives may refer to the consultation invitation letter for additional information. 

The Department is hosting these sessions on: 

Focus

Date

Local Time

Eastern Time Zone

Zoom Link

Tribal

March 31, 2022

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)

March 31, 2022, Tribal Leader Zoom Meeting

Dial in 1-551-285-1373

Meeting ID: 160 210 0432 Passcode: 288248

Tribal

April 5, 2022

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)

April 5, 2022, Tribal Leader Zoom Meeting

Dial in 1-551-285-1373

Meeting ID: 160 739 2020 Passcode: 026613

Tribal

April 7, 2022

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Alaska Time Zone)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)

April 7, 2022, Tribal Leader Zoom Meeting

Dial in 1-551-285-1373

Meeting ID: 160 204 6644 Passcode: 323101

Hawaiian

April 14, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Hawaii Standard Time)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Eastern)

April 14, 2022, Native Hawaiian Community Zoom Meeting

Dial in: 1-551-285-1373

Meeting ID: 160 043 8756 Passcode: 212921

Consultations at Our Bureaus and Offices