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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)
USDA Consultation Plan of Action 270 Day Report (PDF, 186 KB)
Memorandum of Tribal Consultation

Upcoming Listening Sessions

None at this time.

Previous Listening Sessions

Animal Disease Traceability Framework Listening Session

Date: June 23, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Details: The national animal disease traceability (ADT) framework allows Federal, State, Tribal, and private animal health professionals to work together to identify diseased animals, quickly trace their movements, and control disease spread to protect the livestock industry, whose production value was approximately $64 billion in 2020 (National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA). The ADT framework enables state, tribal, and federal animal health officials to trace an animal from the location of official identification application to the animal’s last location, which is often the termination point or slaughter plant. Knowledge of the location of diseased and exposed animals helps preserve animal health; enables a rapid response in case of an animal disease event; reduces animal illnesses and deaths during outbreaks; and decreases the long term cost to producers, consumers, and the government. This system also assures our trading partners that the USDA and State partners can rapidly contain an animal disease event.

Animal Disease Traceability Framework Invitation Letter (PDF, 249 KB)

 

Upcoming Consultations

WHCNAA Consultation on Build America, Buy American

Details: On behalf of the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA), you are cordially invited to an interagency Tribal consultation on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 2pm – 5pm EST, on the implementation of the Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act (Pub. L. No. 117-58, §§ 70901-52), which was enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. No. 117-58).

BABA applies a new purchasing preference for American-made products that could significantly impact Tribal infrastructure projects. It provides that “none of the funds made available for a Federal financial assistance program for infrastructure, including each deficient program, may be obligated for a project unless all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in the project are produced in the United States.”

Tribal Caucus:

Tribal Consultation:

Invitation Letter (PDF, 376 KB)

Previous Consultations

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR) Tribal Leader Consultation Work Group (TLCWG)
In-Person and Virtual Attendance Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscO6qqD8sEmBKMzOX5N6gPIHhavateG4
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. PT – 5:00 p.m. PT
Location: 2022 Tribal Self-Governance Conference
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010
Agenda (PDF, 103 KB)
August 2022 FDPIR Consultation Report Out (PDF, 805 KB)
Training Resources for Tribal Affairs Staff - Aug 2022 (PDF, 344 KB)

White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Tribal Consultation
June 28, 2022
1:30-3:30 pm EDT
Agenda (PDF, 173 KB)
Invitation Letter (PDF, 275 KB)
Framing Paper: White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health (PDF, 361 KB)

April 2022 USDA Tribal Consultation on Barriers and Equity

These consultations are a follow up on the two consultations that occurred in March 2021 in response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities. There will be five consultations covering different subject matters areas at USDA. The attached agenda (PDF, 429 KB) breaks down essential information into greater depth such as the subject areas, issues involved, and the agencies involved and will additionally be posted on the OTR consultation website at: www.usda.gov/tribalrelations/tribal-consultations. Prior to each consultation, a tribal caucus will start at 2:00 pm ET. USDA staff will not participate in the tribal caucus as it is designed for tribal leaders and tribal organizations to have internal discussion. The consultation with USDA officials and tribal leaders will then take place from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET. These consultations will be virtual. The consultations will be on the following days:

Economic Development
Date: Monday, April 11, 2022
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Tribal Caucus (hosted by NAFOA, NCAIED, and Native CDFI)
3:00-5:00pm ET Tribal Consultation
Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN__aumhH76RW-qFr9GEQAIYg
Framing Paper: Economic Development (PDF, 249 KB)

Food, Safety, and Trade
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Tribal Caucus (hosted by IFAI and NCAI)
3:00-5:00pm ET Tribal Consultation
Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_rPrh1faMTxaQMkko7ZPSOQ
Framing Paper: Food, Safety, and Trade (PDF, 203 KB)

Farming, Ranching, and Conservation
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Tribal Caucus (hosted by IAC, ITBC, and NCAI)
3:00-5:00pm ET Tribal Consultation
Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_CB6qpywpQ0ae7GWO-Xzvvg
Framing Paper: Farming, Ranching, and Conservation (PDF, 256 KB)

Forests & Public Lands
Date: Friday, April 15, 2022
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Tribal Caucus (hosted by NAFWS and ITC)
3:00-5:00pm ET Tribal Consultation
Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_STUGdH2RTwGmtTg7yLAnWA
Framing Paper: Forest & Public Lands Management (PDF, 227 KB)

Education & Research
Date: Monday, April 18, 2022
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Tribal Caucus (hosted by AISES, AIHEC, NIEA)
3:00-5:00pm ET Tribal Consultation
Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_OB8XbgDbSM6zkRZDF1yGuA
Proxy Letter (DOCX, 20.1 KB)
Invitation Letter (PDF, 177 KB)
Framing Paper: Education & Research (PDF, 202 KB)

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Tribal Leader Work Group Consultation

Day 1 Registration:
Zoom Registration Link:
www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsde2uqDwqH4v8MT6L0a3yfqj8g-KE3E0
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET – 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: United States Department of Agriculture Whitten Building
Press Room 107-A
1400 Independence Ave, SW 20250

Day 2 Registration:
Zoom Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItf-2sqTgjH4cZ23h3I-CdzTZoamx-Bkg
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET – 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: United States Department of Agriculture Whitten Building
Press Room 107-A
1400 Independence Ave, SW 20250
Proxy Letter (DOCX, 20.2 KB)
Invitation Letter (PDF, 170 KB)
March 2022 FDPIR Consultation Report Out (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Tribal Forum – Restoration Agreements - FSH 1509.11, Chapter 80
Date: January 13, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET
Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItfu2urj8qGYhDGxubLIy9ftmkZCqAGd8
Tribal Forum Flyer

Creating a Tribal Action Plan for Fairer Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Processing
DATE:
Thursday, January 27, 2022
TIME: 3:00-5:00pm ET
ZOOM REGISTRATION: www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsceiqrzMtHnxfTGM--uqrajqoTUEcVyc
DETAILS:
On January 3, 2022, the Biden-Harris administration announced an action plan for a fairer, more resilient meat and poultry supply chain. Of the approximately $800 million available at USDA, a significant investment could be made to support the development and expansion of Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Processing infrastructure in Indian Country. What should that look like? What do you need?

USDA seeks to consult with Tribal Leaders and hear from Tribal enterprises on new funding opportunities to Expand independent processing capacity and Support workers and the independent processor industry. This announcement builds on a July 2021 Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy to create a fairer, more resilient, and more dynamic economy.
Consultation and Listening Session (PDF, 221 KB)

Tribal Forum – Forest Service Climate Adaptation Plan
Date: December 17, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET
Registration Link: www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItf-uqqjIiEsuF7nJAthBTBYLrZ1ybGhE
Tribal Forum Flyer
Briefing Paper

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Tribal Leader Work Group Consultation
Date:
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Time: 1:00pm PT – 6:00pm PT
Location: Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Room: Sage 1
Meeting Link: Zoom
Call-In Number: 16692545252
Call-In ID: 161 954 6382
Meeting Notes (PDF, 516 KB)

Water and Wastewater Environmental Programs Tribal Consultation
Dates: November 30, 2021 & December 1, 2021
Time: 1:00 -2:30 pm ET
Invitation Letter (PDF, 172 KB)

Tribal Consultation on Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women,
Infants, and Children (WIC) Rules
Date:
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET
Handout A (PDF, 152 KB)
Handout B (PDF, 170 KB)
Handout C (PDF, 328 KB)
Meeting Notes (PDF, 475 KB)

Small Ruminants Tribal Consultation
Date: November 1, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Zoom Link

Standards for Humane Care and Handling of Birds Covered Under the Animal Welfare Act Tribal Consultation
Date: November 4, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Registration Link
Invitation Letter (PDF, 219 KB)

Tribal Leaders Consultation Working Group (TLCWG) on FDPIR Consultation
Date: August 11, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM ET
Virtual Link: Consultation Zoom Link
Call-In Line: Meeting ID: 160 150 5511
Passcode: Tribal One tap mobile
+16692545252,,1601505511# US (San Jose)
+16468287666,,1601505511# US (New York)
Invitation Letter
Proxy Letter (PDF, 52.3 KB)
Agenda
August 2021 FDPIR Consultation Report Out (PDF, 477 KB)

July 6, 2021
FDPIR Tribal Leader Consultation Working Group Consultation
Invitation Letter
Proxy Letter (PDF, 88.3 KB)
July 2021 FDPIR Consultation Report Out (PDF, 410 KB)

March 9 and March 11, 2021
USDA Consultation on Consultations and Racial Equity
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

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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