DOE and its Tribal Working Groups work with Native American communities to advance renewable energy projects, workforce development, and more.

DOE’s Role

The Department’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, in conjunction with other program offices and the national laboratories, is currently engaged in strategic planning and outreach to elicit Tribal feedback and prepare a roadmap for more effective consultation with Native American communities. Across a wide spectrum of policies, projects, and priorities, Tribal nations remain valued partners in the pursuit of the country’s ambitious energy goals. DOE’s Tribal Energy Steering Committee will finalize the Department’s Action Plan in 2021 to set a trajectory for meeting President Biden’s vision for tribal consultation outlined in the January 26, 2021 Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships.

To meet the goals outlined in the Presidential memo, DOE began its Tribal Consultation on April 9, 2021, to collect initial feedback from Tribal leaders on DOE’s existing Tribal consultation policy. Feedback from this virtual listening session, as well as written comments submitted by Tribal leadership and intertribal organizations, was incorporated into an initial DOE “Plan of Actions to Address the Presidential Memorandum and Improve the DOE Tribal Consultation Process”. 

You can download the Initial DOE Plan of Action here. 


Draft Progress Report on DOE Plan of Action

One of the requirements in the Presidential Memorandum is to submit a progress report on the status of each action included in the agency’s plan. DOE will submit this progress report to OMB on October 25th

DOE seeks comments on the draft report from leaders of Federally recognized tribes, members of DOE’s tribal working groups, and individual comments from other interested persons before the document is finalized.  You can read the Draft DOE Tribal Consultation Progress Report here. If you would like to provide any feedback on this draft, please email it to by October 29, 2021. 


DOE Tribal Consultation Contact

To contact the Congressional & Intergovernmental team about the Tribal Consultation process, email


Relevant Links

Executive Order 13175 (2000) Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments

DOE Order 144.1 Department of Energy American Indian Tribal Government Interactions and Policy (2009)

DOE Office of Indian Energy

DOE Office of Environmental Management Tribal Programs in Indian Country




Department of Energy

Regular, meaningful, and robust consultation with Native American communities is a prerequisite for strong nation-to-nation relationships between the United States, its federal agencies, and Tribes. This includes respect for Tribal sovereignty and the promotion of self-governance, as well as inclusivity in both policy formulation and implementation.