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

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.

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. 

DOE is currently developing an updated Action Plan that will report progress on the status the agency’s current plan to date, as well as proposed updates.  DOE will make the draft progress report and proposed changes available to Tribal leaders and their staff for feedback and input in September 2021.

 

DOE Tribal Consultation Contact

To contact the Congressional & Intergovernmental team about the Tribal Consultation process, email tribalconsultation@hq.doe.gov.

 

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