The Department of the Interior is proposing to update its regulations at 25 CFR Part 2. These regulations govern administrative appeals of decisions issued by Indian Affairs officials. This proposed rule aims to:

  • Reflect changes in Indian Affairs organization that has occurred in the 30 years since the regulations were last updated;
  • Clarify how to administratively appeal actions from each Indian Affairs official;
  • Allow for more expedited reviews of requests to compel action by an Indian Affairs official; and
  • Add provisions to allow for administrative appeals of Statements of Perofrmance issued by the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration.

Please visit the Consultation Schedule page to view and register for the consultation sessions. In addition to joining one of the consultation sessions, please submit any written comments to by Thursday, March 24, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Joaquin Gallegos, Special Assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, at or (202) 208-7163.

On November 15, 2019, the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs announced in a Tribal Leader letter, plans to revise the process for administrative appeals at 25 CFR 2. The revisions are intended to:
  • Clarify how to appeals actions from each Indian Affairs official;
  • Clarify timelines and filing deadlines;
  • Make the regulations easier to understand and use; and 
  • Add provisions to address matters not covered in the current regulations, such as appeals of Office of the Special Trustee Statements of Performance.
In addition, a "Discussion Draft" version of the revisions to the administrative appeal regulations is available here


The comment period of Friday, February 14, 2020, has closed.

Consultation Sessions

Date Time Location
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (EST)
Phone: (877) 918-2309
Passcode: 2758156
TBD - Week of February 10, 2020 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (EST)
Capital Hilton
1001 16th St. NW
Washington, DC  20036