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Tribal Consultations

The Office of Tribal Relations 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.

Upcoming Consultations

2018 Farm Bill Implementation Tribal Consultation and Listening Session

Location:
Nugget Casino & Resort
1100 Nugget Avenue
Sparks, NV 89431

Details:
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (Listening Session)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Pacific Time

Thursday, June 27, 2019 (Consultation)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Room:
Listening Session – Cascade 2
Consultation – Cascade 3

Call-In Number:
Phone Number: 888-844-9904
Access Code: 212-5950#
*This will be a listen-only telephone line*

USDA will be holding a tribal consultation and listening session on the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. These events will cover all of the titles of the 2018 Farm Bill and have consulting officials from across USDA. Please see invitation to tribal leaders below.

USDA 2018 Farm Bill Consultation Agenda (PDF, 82.6 KB)
USDA 2018 Farm Bill Tribal Consultation Invitation (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Farm Bill Consultation Proxy Letter (PDF, 27.9 KB)

The 2018 Farm Bill, and the programs and activities authorized within it, have a broad impact on Indian Country, impacting areas such as agriculture, nutrition, rural and economic development, forestry, conservation, and energy. USDA has published the 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles (PDF, 416 KB). Another resource available on the 2018 Farm Bill is a summary side-by-side comparison (PDF, 3.3 MB) developed by the Congressional Research Service.

If a tribal leader would like to submit comments on behalf of a tribe, please send them by 9:30 pm EST on July 2, 2019 to tribal.relations@osec.usda.gov.

Please contact the Office of Tribal Relations at tribal.relations@osec.usda.gov or 202-205-2249 if you have any questions. Thank you for your time and consideration, and we look forward to your valued discussion.

Previous Consultations

Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Tribal Leader Work Group Consultation

Location:
Pearl River Resort
13541 Highway 16 West
Choctaw, MS 39350
866-447-3275

Date: Monday, June 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Central Time

FDPIR Final Agenda (PDF, 184 KB)
Invitation to Tribal Leaders (PDF, 509 KB)
FDPIR Consultation Proxy Letter (PDF, 19.9 KB)

The purpose of this meeting is to continue discussions regarding the priorities and needs of tribal communities who operate FDPIR. We hope that you will join us for this important discussion. Please contact us at tribal.relations@osec.usda.gov to confirm your or the designee’s participation and if you have any items for the agenda. Updates and the agenda will be posted on the USDA OTR website at: www.usda.gov/our-agency/staff-offices/office-tribal-relations-otr. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to seeing you on June 10th!

2018 Farm Bill Implementation Tribal Consultation

Date:
Wednesday May 1, 2019 – Thursday May 2, 2019

Time:
8:15 am – 5:00 pm (May 1)
8:30 am – 1:30 pm (May 2)

Call-In Number:
Phone Number: 888-844-9904
Access Code: 212-5950#
*This will be a listen-only telephone line*

Location:
National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Ave, SW, Room 4018/4019
Washington, DC 20013

Note: Hemp Listening Session to follow consultation, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm May 2
Room 4018/4019 at National Museum of the American Indian

USDA will be holding a tribal consultation on the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. The two-day consultation will cover all of the titles of the 2018 Farm Bill and have consulting officials from across USDA. Please see invitation to tribal leaders and the draft agenda below.

USDA 2018 Farm Bill Tribal Consultation Invitation (PDF, 550 KB)
May 2019 USDA Farm Bill Consultation Agenda (PDF, 155 KB)

The 2018 Farm Bill, and the programs and activities authorized within it, have a broad impact on Indian Country, impacting areas such as agriculture, nutrition, rural and economic development, forestry, conservation, and energy. USDA has published the 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles (PDF, 416 KB). Another resource available on the 2018 Farm Bill is a summary side-by-side comparison (PDF, 3.3 MB) developed by the Congressional Research Service.

Please contact the Office of Tribal Relations at tribal.relations@osec.usda.gov or 202-205-2249 if you have any questions. Thank you for your time and consideration, and we look forward to your valued discussion.


February 14, 2019 – Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Tribal Leaders Consultation Work Group (PDF, 434 KB)

June 11, 2018 – Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Tribal Consultation Invitation (PDF, 760 KB) | FDPIR Tribal Consultation Agenda (PDF, 198 KB)

May 14-15, 2018 – Invitation to New Mexico 2018 Farm Bill Consultation (PDF, 515 KB) | Agenda for New Mexico 2018 Farm Bill Consultation (PDF, 347 KB)

October 19, 2017 - Deputy Secretary Censky Consulting on USDA Reorganization in Milwaukee, WI (PDF, 118 KB)