Indian Affairs | Consultation

Current Tribal Consultations


Preparation of 2013 American Indian Population and Labor Force ReportIndian Affairs Administative Organizational Assessment

Download Federal Register Notice here

Powerpoint - Alaska Federation of Natives Conference, Anchorage, AK, October 20, 2012 -  ppt- 567 kb
Powerpoint - National Congress of American Indians, Sacramento, CA, October 24, 2012 - ppt - 561 kb

Tribal Consultation Sheet for the Preparation of the 2013 Labor Force Report - 106 kb

Tribal Consultation Meeting Minutes

Final Report: Examination, Evaluation, And Recommendation for Support Functions - March 2012 - pdf 3.17 mb - click here to download the report.

BIA Streamlining Tribal Consultations

BIE Streamlining Tribal Consultations

Bureau of Indian Education - U.S. Department of Education Memorandum of Understanding

Consultation Meeting Minutes


BIE Flexibility Waiver Request from sections of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Buy Indian Act

Sacred Sites on Federal Lands


Final Rule: Residential, Business, and Wind and Solar Resource Leases on Indian Land

Final Rule - pdf 678 kb 
Fact Sheet - pdf 179 kb
Questions and Answers - pdf 105 kb
Comparison Chart - pdf 102 kb 


Proposed Revisions to the Leasing Regulations to 25 CFR 162

Transcripts of Consultation Sessions

Draft Regulations that would Establish Subparts to 25 CFR 162 (Leases and Permits)

For review and input, draft regulations that would establish subparts to 25 CFR 162 (Leases and Permits) addressing residential leasing, business leasing, and wind and solar permitting and leasing.

Consultation Meeting Transcripts

Categorical Exclusion on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Draft Indian Affairs Manual (IAM), BIE Health and Wellness Policy for K-12 Schools

DOI Revising and Streamlining the Current Strategic Plan for FYs' 2011 to 2016.

The Department of the Interior is in the process of revising and streamling the current Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2011-2016.  The Plan is used as a roadmap for the Department, and a means of communication its goals and specific commitments to the public, stakeholders, and employees.

To get the entire Tribal Leaders Letter and consulation schedule click here.

Review of the "Current Guidance and Regulatory Standards" for Taking Land Into Trust for Gaming Purposes

On July 18, 2010, Secretary Salazar issued a directive recommending a thorough review of the "current guidance and regulatory standards" used to make decisions for two-part determinations under Section 20(b)(1)(A) or IGRA, 25 U.S.C. 2719(b)(1)(A).  In accordance with the Secretary's directive, and with keeping with Interior's commitment to government-to-government consultation, we are engaging tribal governments on: (1) the January 3, 2008 Memorandum regarding Guidance on Taking Off-reservation land into Trust for Gaming purposes; (2) the need to revise any of the provisions of 25 C.F.R. 292, Subpart A and Subpart C; and (3) whether the Department's process of requiring compliance with 25 C.F.R. Part 151comes before or after the two-part determination.

To get the entire Tribal Leaders Letter and consultation schedule click here

January 3, 2008 Memorandum

DOI Tribal Consultation Policy

In November 2009, the Department of the Interior announced efforts to develop its department-wide tribal consultation policy in accordance with the President's Executive Memorandum of November 5, 2009 implementing Executive Order 13175.  Click on the links to download the following documents:

  • The letter to tribal leaders dated November 23, 2009 in .pdf format.
  • The news release dated November 25, 2009 in .pdf format.

Initial Consultation Sessions:  December 2009 and January 2010

The Department held tribal consultation sessions in December 2009 and January 2010 on developing DOI's tribal consultation policy. For more information, click on the links to download the following documents:

  • The letter to tribal leaders dated November 23, 2009 in .pdf format.
  • The news release dated December 2, 2009 in .pdf format.

The deadline for written comments was no later than January 15, 2010 by email to or by postal service to the Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C St., N.W., MS-4141-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Nominations for DOI Tribal Consultation Team Members

In March 2010, the Department requested nominations from the federally recognized tribes of tribal officials or delegates from each BIA region for the DOI Tribal Consultation Team.  The Team will draft the Department's tribal consultation policy in accordance with its plan of actions to implement the President’s Executive Memorandum on Executive Order 13175.  Click on the links to download the following documents:

  • The letter to tribal leaders dated March 22, 2010, in .pdf format.
  • The DOI Plan to Develop a Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy.
  • The DOI Consultation Team Nomination Form.

The deadline for submitting nominations to the BIA Regional Directors was April 30, 2010.  The nominations were to be sent to the BIA Regional Director appropriate to the submitting tribe at his or her Regional Office address.

Announcement of DOI Tribal Consultation Team Members

In a letter to tribal leaders dated August 19, 2010, the Department announced the members of the DOI Tribal Consultation Team.  The Team is comprised of DOI officials and tribal representatives who will be involved in the process of drafting DOI's department-wide tribal consultation policy.  Click on the link to download the following document: