A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
On November 5, 2009, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing each agency to submit a detailed plan of action describing how the agency will implement the policies and directives of Executive Order 13175.
Since that time, the Department has established a joint federal-tribal team to develop a Department-wide policy on Tribal consultation with certain goals. The policy strives to include elements that:
honor the government-to-government relationship;
involve the appropriate level of decision maker in a consultation process;
promote innovations in communication by including a Department-wide tribal governance officer;
detail early tribal involvement in the design of a process implicating tribal interests; and
capture a wide range of policy and decision making processes under the consultation umbrella.
This webpage provides information related to the ongoing development of a Department-wide policy process, including the upcoming drafting of a separate supplemental policy for Alaska Native Corporations.