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    Dear Tribal Leader:

    The Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, P .L. 114-178, was signed into law on June 22, 2016. Title II of the Jaw authorized the Secretary of the Interior to establish and carry out an Indian trust asset management demonstration project for tribal forestry and surface leasing programs (Demonstration Project).

    Given the expected tribal interest in participating in the Demonstration Project, the Department of the Interior will conduct the following tribal consultation sessions prior to establishing the Project and selecting participants:

    Date Time Location
    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm Local Time
    Mystic Lake Casino
    2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
    Prior Lake, MN 55372
    Thursday, March 1, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm Local Time
    Portland, OR - please check website below for venue.
    Thursday, March 8, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time
    Call-in number: (888) 324-7176
    Passcode: 3730875

    For reference, we have included Title II of the law, as weJI as a potential draft format for a proposed Indian Trust Asset Management Plan. This information is also available at: 


    Once consultations have been completed and the Demonstration Project has been established, interested tribes may then submit their requests for participation in the Project.

    We look forward to speaking with you to discuss how best to implement this important law.  If you would like to provide written input, please email the input to consultation@bia.gov by midnight Eastern Time on March 15, 2018. For further information, please contact Mr. Douglas Lords, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Trust Services Bureau of Indian Affairs at (505) 563-3787 or douglas.lords@bia.gov.

    Sincerely, John Tahsuda Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs