Tribal Consultation Meeting with the Secretary of DOE
Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm and Office of Indian Energy director Wahleah Johns group photo with tribal leaders at the 2022 Tribal Clean Energy Summit in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Donica Payne

Strengthening Tribal Consultation and Engagement with Tribal Leaders

Tribal nations are essential partners in the pursuit of the country’s ambitious energy goals. The Department of Energy (DOE) 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. 



2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit on November 30th and December 1st, 2022 at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.

  • Please register by Monday November 14th, 2022.

See the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Policy calendar for more DOE workshops and events.    



U.S. Department of Energy Tribal Clean Energy Summit 2022 (October 4-5, 2022)

Tribal leaders are invited to join U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm for a nation-to-nation roundtable discussion of a key question:  How can the U.S. Department of Energy strengthen tribal energy sovereignty?

The Biden Administration is committed to ensuring tribal participation in the nation's historic transition to a clean energy future.  Many federally recognized tribes have already begun their journey toward tribal clean energy sovereignty, stronger economies, and addressing climate change challenges.  The Summit is an opportunity to discuss how to make more progress toward tribal clean energy goals. 

For Summit livestream recordings, presentations and photos, please go to:  Tribal Clean Energy Summit 2022


Consultation on the Infrastructure Investment in Jobs Act (IIJA) (March 29, 2022)

The U.S. Department of Energy held a virtual consultation session for Tribal leaders and Alaska Native communities March 29, 2022.

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.


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 2021 Tribal Consultation Plan of Action here

Download the March 2022 progress report on DOE Plan of Action here.



TESC coordinates tribal consultation and engagement across DOE programmatic offices and is comprised of representatives from whose work may impact Tribes.  Its role is defined in DOE Order 144.1.


DOE Tribal Consultation Contact

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



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.