The BIA's Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights Programs (OEOCP) partners with the Department of Interior (DOI) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to collaborate on the purpose and mission of the DOI's EEO and civil rights initiatives. The OCR administers the Diversity and Civil Rights programs across DOI and is charged with developing and enforcing civil rights and equal opportunity programs pursuant to existing laws, Executive Orders and regulations. This helps assure equal opportunity for all Departmental employees and potential applicants to Federally assisted programs of the Department. The BIA OEOCP further complements and supports this mission by working to increase opportunity among protected classes and limiting discrimination within the organization.

What are Civil Rights?

No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, sex (including sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity, or transgender status), physical or mental disability, or protected genetic information be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any program or activity conducted by or in receipt of Federal financial assistance from the Department of the Interior. Discrimination includes: denial of services, aids or benefits, provision of different service or in a different manner, and segregation or separate treatment. In addition, sex discrimination is prohibited in Federally assisted educational programs.

What is the vision of the Office of Civil Rights?

The DOI's workforce is reflective of the nation at all levels and in all occupations, and the DOI is a workplace where the quality of work life is valued and there is an environment open and accepting of individual differences and where all employees are encouraged to maximize their potential and to exhibit a commitment to provide quality service to customers.