On November 30, 222, President Biden issued a new Presidential Memorandum on Uniform Standards for Tribal Consultation, providing more consistency in how agencies initiate, provide notice, conduct, record, and report on Tribal consultations. In addition, the new Presidential Memorandum directs the head of each agency to require annual Tribal consultation training for all employees who work with Tribal Nations or on policies with Tribal implications. The standards and training requirements are based on the direct input provided by Tribal leaders during the agency consultation.
The new Presidential Memorandum also directs the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with Tribal Nations, to establish training modules regarding Tribal consultation. These modules will be available to all government employees who work with Tribal Nations including any policies or programs with Tribal implications. The Presidential Memorandum further directs that the training modules should explain the concepts of Tribal consultation, the Nation-to-Nation relationship, and Tribal sovereignty. Below is a list of framing questions for the consultation discussion:
- What are the key elements that should be included in the consultation training modules?
- What areas should the consultation training modules cover to prepare agency staff to meet the standards outlined in the Presidential Memorandum?
- What aspects of Tribal consultation should the federal government fix/address most urgently?
- Do you have an example of a consultation that went very well? What made the consultation stand out as being successful?
- Do you have examples of training materials that you have used successfully when working with federal officials?
- What role can Tribal governments and other Tribal organizations play in helping to ensure that federal officials are adequately educated on Tribal consultation?
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