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White House update on tribal consultation

WASHINGTON – Jodie Gillette, a Standing Rock Sioux deputy associate director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, offered an update in mid-December on the Obama administration’s progress toward tribal consultation.

President Barack Obama signed the Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation during the White House Tribal Nations Conference Nov. 5. It directed federal agencies to develop plans to implement Executive Order 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Tribal Governments.” The plans are to be developed after consultation with Indian tribes and must be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget by Feb. 3.

“Through interagency coordination and other methods, agencies are presently seeking input from tribal leaders,” Gillette said.

The Department of the Interior began a series of consultations starting Dec. 1. A schedule of January DOI meetings is available online.

The Department of Justice is conducting teleconference calls with tribes; the department's Web site lists a complete schedule of calls.

Through national conference calls and in writing, the Department of Homeland Security is requesting tribal input on a draft consultation policy and a plan.

The Department of Labor is hosting two national consultations; more details can be found online.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is requesting written tribal input.