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U.S. Department of the Interior

Following robusttribal feedback, today the Department of the Interior and 11 federal agencies entered into an updated Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on implementing Public Law 102-477 to better support tribal sovereignty. Public Law 102-477 reduces the burden of tribal administrative, reporting and accounting costs, and gives tribes the power to best integrate and deliver federal services within their communities.

Tribal 477 Plans allow federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native entities to streamline eligible employment, training and related services programs and funds through the Department. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

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“Supporting tribal sovereignty is at the core of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to tribal nations. Today’s signing is an example of that commitment.” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “I am grateful to the tribal leaders who for years have made their voices heard on the need to improve implementation of Public Law 102-477 and whose efforts will create better jobs and economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples.”

In 2017, Congress directed the Interior Department and federal partners to negotiate and execute a Memorandum of Agreement to implement the 477 Program. Although agencies in the previous Administration signed an MOA in 2018, they did not provide an opportunity for tribal input or consultation. Vice President Kamala Harris announced that the Biden-Harris administration would be re-opening and re-negotiating the Memorandum of Agreement at the 2021 National Congress of American Indians.

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The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

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