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Serving Indian Country

The Office of Tribal Relations has many roles serving Indian Country, including:

  • Intergovernmental - Leads the Department’s vision to support and enhance government-to-government relations between USDA and Federally recognized Tribal governments;
  • Advisor to the Secretary - Provides counsel to the Secretary on policies related to or impacting Indian Tribes;
  • Facilitator – Enables tribes, tribal governments, tribal organizations and individuals to access programs and services within USDA and throughout Federal agencies;
  • Catalyst – Streamlines processes and develops opportunities to address policy and program complexities, programs and services that support the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives; and,
  • Consultation, Coordination and Collaboration Lead - Directs Department for the implementation of Executive Order 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments,” including the continual refinement of the consultation process to ensure robust partnerships that will respect and preserve Tribal sovereignty.

Contact Our Team

Staff Member Contact Information
Heather Dawn Thompson
Director
Phone: 202-205-2249
Email: HeatherDawn.Thompson@usda.gov
Jeffrey Harris
Program Analyst
Phone: 202-205-2249
Email: Jeffrey.Harris@usda.gov
Josiah Griffin
Program Analyst
Email: Josiah.Griffin@usda.gov
Taylor Schad
Program Analyst
Email: Taylor.Schad@usda.gov
Deb DuMontier Email: Debra.DuMontier@usda.gov
Trey Blackhawk
Student Trainee
Email: Trey.Blackhawk@usda.gov

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