Tribal-Federal Consultation: Techniques for Meaningful Government-to-Government Communication
Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 8:00am 12:00pm

Sarah Palmer - Senior Program Manager, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
Dick LaFever - Crossroads Leadership Institute (CLI) Catalyst for Positive Change

Track: (Training Workshop)

Government-to-government consultation between federal agencies and federally recognized tribes is often described as less than fulfilling for all involved. The relationship between the federal government and Native nations is complex, dynamic, and emotionally charged, yet there are examples of robust and mutually satisfactory g-t-g consultation. This interactive session offers a brief overview of the federal obligations and history behind the g-t-g consultation and then focuses on applying the tools of interest-based negotiation in g-t-g consultation to reduce conflicts, develop shared expectations, and, optimally, a mutually satisfactory outcome. Participants of this session will refine their skills and learn new tools to expand approaches to meaningful g-t-g consultation.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the basic principles and history behind federal agency responsibilities in g-t-g consultation.
  2. Recognize the importance of respect, honesty, consistency and diplomacy in g-t-g consultation and recognize that all sides need to demonstrate these traits.
  3. Apply the principles of interest-based communication to reduce conflict and establish mutually meaningful g-t-g consultation.
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