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

Strengthening Tribal Consultation and Engagement with Tribal Leaders

In accordance with the President’s January 26, 2021, Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships, the Department of Energy takes our commitment to strengthening Tribal sovereignty and self-governance seriously, and we know that fulfilling Federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations along with robust and meaningful consultations are the cornerstones of Federal Indian policy. 

Tribal nations are essential partners in the pursuit of the country’s ambitious energy goals.  So, In April 2021, the Department consulted with Tribal leaders to improve our consultation process, identify best practices, and strengthen our relationship with Tribal governments.


Upcoming DOE Consultations and Engagements

Infrastructure Investment in Jobs Act (IIJA)


Tuesday March 29 from 2-5 p.m. EST.

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering a virtual consultation session for Tribal leaders and Alaska Native communities March 29 from 2-5 p.m. EST.

With the signing of the Infrastructure Investment in Jobs Act (IIJA) in November 2021, President Biden ushered in a new era of working with Tribal, Alaska Native communities, state, and local leaders to build back a better, stronger, and cleaner infrastructure across the country. 

Information gathered in this virtual consultation session will guide the Department in developing over 60 new programs.  Implementing $62.5 billion in funding from IIJA, the largest investment in generations in our Nation’s infrastructure, will require deep, ongoing partnership alongside Tribal and Native Alaskan leaders, members of Congress, Governors, Mayors, local officials, and community members.

The Department’s website on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Program can help Tribal leaders prepare for the consultation session.  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook, prepared by the White House, may also be helpful.

We invite Tribal leaders to submit written comments prior to the consultation session at Comments will also be accepted after the consultation session until 5:00 PM Eastern time Friday, April 8, 2022. 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter
Dear Native Corporation Leader Letter  
March 2022 DOE BIL Consultation Presentation


The Department will host additional consultations and continue our collaborative dialogue with representatives of Federally recognized Tribal governments and Alaska Native communities throughout the year to further refine its program design and implementation. 


Download DOE’s Plan of Action on Tribal Consultation here.  A progress report updating the activities in the DOE Plan of Action is available here.


DOE Tribal Consultation Contact

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


Relevant Links

President Biden Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships.

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.