Reports, Studies, and General Resources

"Consultation is always a dialog, with information and opinion respectfully exchanged in both directions."

DoD Instruction Number 4710.02:
DoD Interactions with Federally-Recognized Tribes

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In terms of American Indians/Alaska Natives and the DoD, consultation can be defined as an effective, ongoing process that allows elected officials and other representatives of federally-recognized Tribes/Villages to provide meaningful and timely input into the development of DoD policies or practices that significantly or uniquely affect their communities.

DoD Resources

Best Practices: Managing Traditional Resources on DoD Lands (Project No. 08-406) (PDF)

This report presents a model of 14 best practices that Cultural Resource Managers and Natural Resource Managers at DoD installations in any geographic region can use to assist them in matters related to consultation and the management of natural resources, or rather traditional, customary, or religious resources of importance to affiliated Indian tribes. The best practices model within this document represents a process for working with Indian people to identify natural resources of concern to them.

U.S. Department of Defense 2007 Desk Guide 1 (PDF)

This Desk Guide serves as a helpful tool for Military Installations and Federally Recognized Tribes located in the South and Eastern United States.

U.S. Department of Defense 2007 Desk Guide 2 (PDF)

This Desk Guide serves as a helpful tool for Military Installations and Federally Recognized Tribes located in the South and Eastern United States.

Native American Sacred Sites and the Department of Defense (PDF)

This 336-page report is about Native Americans and their cultural resource relationships with the DoD. Native Americans, as both citizens and members of dependent nations within the United States and as original occupants of lands that are currently held by the DoD, have a special cultural relationship with these military lands. Chapter 5: A Consultation Model of this report presents a consultation model and describes nine ideal steps for developing a consultation relationship with Native Americans who are culturally affiliated with lands held by a DoD Installation.

Chapter 5: A Consultation Model (PDF)

Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program: Treaty Reserved Rights on DoD Lands (PDF)

This report identifies DoD installation obligations arising from treaties and agreements negotiated by the United States and Indian nations between 1775 and 1954.

3Rs Explosives Safety: Education Program

UXO stands for unexploded ordnance. UXO result from our military's use of munitions during live-fire training or testing. By visiting this website and learning the 3Rs (Recognize, Retreat, Report), you have begun to protect yourself and family from the potential hazards associated with UXO.

Other Agency Resources

White House Blog

White House blog posts related to the Native American community

Tribal Leaders Directory (PDF)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) compiled directory of Tribal Leaders and BIA officials. (Spring 2009)

List of Federally Recognized Tribes (updated August 11, 2009) (PDF)

On April 4, 2008, the U.S. Governments Federal Register issued an official list of 562 tribes in the Federal Register as Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Holding Regional Consultation Meetings with Tribal Nations (PDF)

The Interagency Working Group on Indian Affairs offers useful advice concerning consultation meetings with tribal nations in this coordinated report.

Consultation with Indian Tribes in the Section 106 Review Process: A Handbook (PDF)

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservations (ACHP) 30-page handbook on tribal consultation serves as a useful tool for federal agencies engaging with Indian tribes. While the guidance is focused on tribal consultation in the section 106 review process, the consultation principles are rooted in federal law and directives.

The Institute for Tribal Government Desk Guide (PDF)

Desk guide prepared by The Institute for Tribal Government, The Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, College of Urban and Public Affairs Portland State University. This guide is for use by tribal governments and military commanders. Section III, in particular, provides tools that will help tribal governments and all military branches communicate more effectively on issues of mutual concern, especially with respect to activities that may affect tribal lands and resources.

After the Smoke Clears: A Cross-Cultural Approach to Assessing the Effect of Range Fires on Traditional Cultural Properties (Legacy 07-370) (PDF)

This report discusses the development and guidelines for assessing fire damage to identified TCPs and develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for military installations to follow before, during, and after TCPs have been impacted by fires.

Non-Invasive Burial Determination Using Near Surface Geophysical Survey and Soil Chemical Testing at Fort Hood, Texas and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina LoRes (PDF)

Guide on Consultation and Collaboration with Indian Tribal Governments and the Public Participation of Indigenous Groups and Tribal Members in Environmental Decision Making (PDF)

This Report was prepared by the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Indigenous Peoples Subcommittee; A Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Last Modified: 01 October 2015 at 07:00