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Current Tribal Consultations & Listening Sessions


Proposed Changes for Indian Sacred Sites on Federal Lands


Proposed Revision of Regulations Regarding Funding to Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities.


Proposed establishment of an Oil and Gas Service Center


Proposal to update the Right-of-Way Regulations (25 CFR 169)

New Comment deadline: November 3, 2014
New Consultation session: October 27, 2014, 6:16-8pm, Hyatte Regency Atlanta (before NCAI Convention)

For additional information go to: Office of Regulatory Affairs/Rights-of-Way (25 CFR 169)


Proposal to update the Secretarial Elections Regulation (25 CFR 81)

Comment dealine: December 17, 2014
Consultation Sessions:

For additional information: http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/ORM/index.htm


Revisions to Regulations on Federal Acknowledgment of Indian Tribes (25 CFR 83 or "Part 83")

Please note that the deadline for providing comments on the Discussion Draft is September 25, 2013.

For additional information, including the recently published Proposed Rule, please visit the Office of Regulatory Affairs website.


Land Acquisitions in the State of Alaska


Native Hawaiian Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) 


American Indian Education Study Group

The American Indian Education Study Group was charged with finding solutions to the challenges faced by our Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. 

For More Information:

BIE's Indian Education Study Group Page


Contract Support Costs (CSC) FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act

6/25/2014 Tribal Leader Letter on Contract Support Cost Tribal Consultations

Agenda - BIA/IHS 2014 NCAI Consultation Session on Contract Support Costs - March 11, 2014

2/12/2014 Tribal Leader letter invitation to a consultation session on Tuesday March 11, 2014. 
2/21/2014 Federal Regester Notice of Tribal Consultation on Contract Support Costs


Public Law 102-477 Demonstration Project Finanical Reporting Forms

P.L. 102-477 (the Act) allows Tribes to integrate employment, training, and related services programs administered by the Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education. Participation by Tribes under the Act is voluntary and is intended to demonstrate how Indian Tribal governments can integrate employment, training, and related services to improve the effectiveness of those services, reduce joblessness in Indian communities and serve Tribally-determined goals consistent with the policies of self-determination.  Tribes participating under the Act are required to submit a single report of activities undertaken under approved 477 Plans.  The current single reporting system includes an annual narrative, statistical, and financial report.


Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 - Listening Sessions

BIA ICWA Home Page


Strategic Plan 2014-2018

The Department of the Interior is in the process of revising its current Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014-2018.  The Plan is used as a road-map for the Department, and a means of communicating its goals and specific commitments to the public, stakeholders, and employees.  To download the Tribal Leader letter and consultation schedule click here. Transcripts of Consultations:


Draft Rule to establish standards for Leasing and Fundraising at BIE-operated schools


Preparation of 2013 American Indian Population and Labor Force Report


Indian Affairs Administrative Organizational Streamlining

Tribal Consultation Meeting Minutes:

Additional Consultation Documents:

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


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


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 streamlining the current Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2011-2016.  The Plan is used as a road-map for the Department, and a means of communication its goals and specific commitments to the public, stakeholders, and employees.

Click here to get the entire Tribal Leaders Letter and consultation schedule.


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.


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
  • The news release dated November 25, 2009

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
  • The news release dated December 2, 2009

The deadline for written comments was no later than January 15, 2010 by email to tribalconsultation@bia.gov 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.
  • 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:

 

Tribes participating under the Act are required to submit a single report of activities undertaken under approved 477 Plans. The current single reporting system includes an annual narrative, statistical, and financial report.