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About the Office of Tribal Relations

The Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) serves as the single point of contact for consultation with American Indian and Alaskan Native Governments and continues to refine the consultation process to ensure strong partnerships that will preserve Tribal sovereignty and result in high quality service for farmers, ranchers, consumers, and other constituents.

Tribal consultation is the timely, meaningful, and substantive dialogue between USDA officials who have delegated authority to consult and the official leadership of Federally recognized tribes, or their designated representative, pertaining to USDA policies that may have Tribal implications.

OTR is the primary point of contact for Tribal issues within USDA, and is responsible for:

  • Government-to-government relations between USDA and tribal governments;
  • Advising Secretary Vilsack on Tribal issues and concerns;
  • Tribal Consultation;
  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA);
  • Issues impacting Tribal members; and
  • Working cooperatively and collaboratively across USDA to build an integrated approach to issues, programs, and services addressing the needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.