Tribal and Federal Government Consultation: Realizing the Possibilities and Potential for Effective Consultation
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 1:30pm 3:00pm

Sarah Palmer (Facilitator)- U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
David Grachen - Federal Highway Administration Resource Center
Valerie Hauser, Advisory Council for Historic Preservation
MaryAnn Naber - Federal Highway Administration
Brian Patterson - Bear Clan Representative, Oneida Nation

Track: Matching the Process to the Problem: Navigating Process Choices

Government to government (g-t-g) consultation between federal agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes is shaped by several Executive Orders (EO) and in laws such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The EOs direct federal agencies to consult with tribal governments on matters that significantly or uniquely affect them. Agencies must also establish policies for meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal governments on a regular and timely basis. What might agency-tribe consultation and collaboration look like if the objective of the EOs is the baseline rather than the goal? Panelists will share their experiences, from the project-specific level to the national level, to spotlight the successes and opportunities for the potential power and benefits of g-t-g consultation for both sovereigns.

Primary Target Audience(s): ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators Government Staff (Federal, State, Local and Tribal) Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians

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