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Upcoming Consultations on Federal Infrastructure

October 18, 2016

Please see the message below from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Tribal Justice, and the Army.

Recent events have highlighted the need for a broader review and consultation as to how, prospectively, Federal decisionmaking on infrastructure projects can better allow for timely and meaningful tribal input. On behalf of the Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and other Federal agencies, we invite you to consultations on how the Federal Government can better account for, and integrate tribal views, on future infrastructure decisions throughout the country. Consistent with our nation-to-nation relationship, our consultations are with tribal leaders and your designated staff. In particular, we have identified the following questions we seek your input on:
(1) How can Federal agencies better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions, to protect tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights within the existing statutory framework?

(2) Should the Federal agencies propose new legislation altering the statutory framework to promote these goals?


We will provide a framing paper with additional detail on these questions, including a description of the statutory framework currently in place. While these questions are of particular interest to the Federal agencies, we welcome any input relevant to the broader topic. We respectfully request your participation in one of the following consultation sessions:


Seattle Tribal Consultation: Tuesday, 10/25/2016, 8:30am-12:30pm (local time)

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
5011 Bernie Whitebear Way
Seattle, WA 98199
Meeting Room: Lower Level

Albuquerque Tribal Consultation: Thursday, 10/27/2016, 8:30am-12:30pm (local time), Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 121h Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Meeting Room: Chacon I & II

Billings Tribal Consultation: Wednesday, 11/02/2016, 8:30am-12:30pm (local time), Billings, Montana

DoubleTree by Hilton
27 N. 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101
Meeting Room: Grand Ballroom BC

Old Town Tribal Consultation: Thursday 11/10/2016, 8:30am-12:30pm (local time), Old Town, Maine

Sockalexis Arena
16 Wabanaki Way
Old Town, ME 04468
Meeting Room: Arena

Prior Lake Tribal Consultation: Tuesday, 11/15/2016, 8:30am-12:30pm (local time), Prior Lake, Minnesota

Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Meeting Room: Wabasha

Rapid City Tribal Consultation: Thursday, 11/17/2016, 8:30am-12:30pm (local time), Rapid City, South Dakota

Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza
505 N. 5th Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Meeting Room: Dakota Ballroom

Tribal Consultation by Teleconference: Monday, 11/21/2016, 12:30pm-4:30pm

(888) 790-1868
Passcode: 8468568


The framing paper, details on the consultation locations, and any additional information will be available at this website: http://www.biagov/WhoWeAre/AS-WORMffriballnput/index.htm.

If you would like to provide written input, please send it by email to consultation@bia.gov or by mail to:

Office of the Assistant Secretary- Indian Affairs, attn.: Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action

1849 C Street, NW, MS 3071, Washington, DC 20240.

We will consider all written input we receive by Friday, November 30, 2016.

Please click here to read the Framing Paper for the above consultations and see the updated list of consultation meetings.

Please click here for more information.

Last modified: August 25, 2022