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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.

USDA Departmental Regulation on Tribal Consultation, Coordination, and Collaboration
Presidential Executive Order on Tribal Consultation
USDA Consultation Action Plan (PDF, 323 KB)
Memorandum of Tribal Consultation


Upcoming Consultations

USDA Consultation on Consultations and Racial Equity

In March, the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) will be consulting on the 1) Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships, and the 2) Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government which specifically includes addressing impediments to accessing USDA programs and services. These two actions by President Biden can be found below. Each of the two consultations will cover both of these topics. We are also building in two hours before the consultation for tribal caucus. USDA staff will not participate in the tribal caucus as it is designed for tribal leaders and tribal organizations to have internal discussion.

For your convenience, we are offering this same consultation on two different days. You will be asked to indicate if you are a Tribal Leader/Proxy or not. Non Tribal Leader/Proxies are welcome to attend, you will just be in “listen-only” mode.

Details for the consultations are below:

Consultation #1

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM ET USDA Introduction
12:00-2:00 PM ET Tribal Caucus (hosted by NCAI, IAC, and IFAI)
2:00-5:30 PM ET Tribal Consultation
Register here

Consultation #2

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM ET USDA Introduction
12:00-2:00 PM ET Tribal Caucus (hosted by NCAI, IAC, and IFAI)
2:00-5:30 PM ET Tribal Consultation
Register here

In the event you cannot attend and wish to send a proxy, please notify OTR by Friday March 5, 2021. To designate a proxy for this meeting, please copy the attached delegation form to tribal letterhead. This designation will authorize your designee, in writing, who will attend in your place and the estimated time of your absence. The delegation cannot be in perpetuity. You are also encouraged to bring program leadership and staff from your nation to the tribal consultation as observers.

Please register with OTR by Friday March 5, 2021. A registration link will be sent at a later date, but if you would like to register before the link is sent, please send the following information on Tribal.Relations@usda.gov :

1.     Name
2.     Tribe/Organization
3.     Consulting official (Y/N)?
4.     Email Address
5.     Phone Number
6.     Topics to Flag

If you would like to send written comments to be included in the consultation record, please send them to Tribal.Relations@usda.gov by 11:59 pm ET on March 22, 2021.

Memorandum of Tribal Consultation
Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities
USDA DR Tribal Consultation, Coordination, and Collaboration (PDF, 178 KB)
USDA Tribal Consultation Plan
Racial Equity Consultation Proxy Letter (PDF, 88.1 KB)
Executive Order 13175 - Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments
Consultation on Racial Equity Invitation
Agenda - Consultations on Racial Equity
Framing Paper 1
Framing Paper 2
ARS Tribal Information

 


Previous Consultations

February 25, 2021
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Consultation
2021 FEB. FDPIR Consultation Invitation (PDF, 139 KB)
2021 FEB. FDPIR Consultation Proxy Letter (PDF, 88.2 KB)
2021 FEB. FDPIR Consultation Agenda

January 21, 2021
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) 638 Demonstration Project Webinar
Recording

October 28, 2020
FDPIR 638 Demonstration Project Consultation
2020 OCT. FDPIR Consultation Invitation (PDF, 233 KB)
2020 OCT. FDPIR Consultation Proxy Letter Template (PDF, 63.1 KB)
2020 OCT. FDPIR Consultation Agenda (PDF, 129 KB)
2020 OCT. FDPIR Consultation Crosswalk (PDF, 131 KB)
2020 OCT. FDPIR Consultation Criteria Handout (PDF, 192 KB)
2020 OCT. FDPIR Report Out

September 24, 2020
USDA Industrial Hemp Interim Final Rule Consultation
Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program; Comment Period Reopened 
2020 Hemp Consultation Invitation 
2020 Hemp Consultation Proxy Letter Template (PDF, 67.6 KB)
2020 Industrial Hemp Consultation Agenda (PDF, 116 KB)

July 15, 2020
USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Consultation
Tribal Leader Invitation (PDF, 176 KB)
Tribal Leader Proxy Letter Template (PDF, 88.2 KB)
Draft Criteria - FDPIR Self-Determination Demonstration Project (PDF, 173 KB)
July 2020 FDPIR Consultation Report Out (PDF, 232 KB)

February 13, 2020
USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Tribal Leaders Consultation
FEB 2020 FDPIR Consultation Report Out (PDF, 253 KB)

December 11, 2019
Industrial Hemp, Las Vegas, NV
Industrial Hemp Consultation Invitation (PDF, 682 KB)
Industrial Hemp Consultation Proxy Letter (PDF, 129 KB)

December 10, 2019
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Tribal Leader Work Group Consultation, Las Vegas, NV
FDPIR Consultation Tribal Leader Letter (PDF, 572 KB)
FDPIR Consultation Proxy Letter (PDF, 69.0 KB)

June 26, 2019
2018 Farm Bill Implementation Tribal Consultation and Listening Session, Sparks, NV
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)

June 10, 2019
Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Tribal Leader Work Group Consultation, Choctaw, MS
FDPIR Final Agenda (PDF, 184 KB)
Invitation to Tribal Leaders (PDF, 509 KB)
FDPIR Consultation Proxy Letter (PDF, 19.9 KB)

May 1-2, 2019
2018 Farm Bill Implementation Tribal Consultation, Washington, DC
2018 Farm Bill and Legislative Principles
Summary side-by-side comparison
USDA 2018 Farm Bill Tribal Consultation Invitation (PDF, 550 KB)
May 2019 USDA Farm Bill Consultation Agenda (PDF, 155 KB)

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)
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