Tribal Nations

The U.S. Department of the Interior places a high priority on respecting the government-to-government relationship between the federal government and the federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.

We are committed to their prosperity by partnering with them to address challenges in the areas of economic development, education and law enforcement as well as other issues they are concerned about. Our work supports Indian self-determination because it helps to ensure that the tribes have a strong voice in shaping the federal policies that directly impact their ability to govern themselves and to provide for the safety, education and economic security of their citizens. We provide services directly, or through contracts, grants or compacts, to 565 federally recognized tribes with a combined service population of approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.