Department of Interior Consultation
The Department of the Interior is holding consultations with Tribes to understand how to strengthen the ability of sovereign nations to establish and consolidate their homelands. The full consultation notice can be found HERE.
The Interior Department is asking Tribes to provide feedback in consultations that will focus on three specific topics:
The land-into-trust process;
Leasing and rights-of-way; and
Sacred sites and treaty rights.
To have smaller group conversations, DOI has organized the consultations by time zone. The consultations will be held over zoom, and you must pre-register to participate.
For Tribes in the Eastern and Central Time Zones:
Thursday, October 21, 2021 (2 - 4 PM EDT / 1 - 3 PM CDT)
For Tribes in the Mountain Daylight Time Zone:
Monday, October 25, 2021 (1 – 3 PM MDT)
For Tribes in the Pacific and Mountain Standard Time Zones:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (10 AM - Noon PDT)
Not Invisible Act
The Department of Interior will consult with Tribal governments to solicit input on the formation of the Commission and what the Commission should consider when developing recommendations that will have lasting impacts on Indian Country and further address the missing and murdered Indigenous people crisis.
The Department will conduct four webinar consultation sessions and will accept both oral and written comments. Please register in advance for any consultation session you plan on attending. In addition, a public meeting will be held immediately following each consultation session:
Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET (a public session will follow at 4 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET)
Register in advance at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcOivrzouG3KN7DL5sPE_iJO2nDEFQo0(link is external)
Thursday, September 2, 2021, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET (a public session will follow at 4 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET)
Register in advance at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdeyqrD8uEueD_SSCIfVmlRIfExnwsiY(link is external)
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET (a public session will follow at 4 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET)
Register in advance at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItfu-tqzMtGO5RBgQX5yNVpOXBsdtHhc4(link is external)
Friday, September 10, 2021, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET (a public session will follow at 4 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET)
Register in advance at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscuuuqD4pGto5l8YHNrNA3zifJ__Q6Gg(link is external)
The letter announcing the consultation sessions is available here. For more information on the Not Invisible Act (NIA) Commission, please visit the following website: https://www.bia.gov/service/not-invisible-act-commission. Please submit written input to firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) by Friday, September 17, 2021.
Section 105(l) Leasing
On August 27, 2021, from 1-4pm EST, the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs (IA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) are conducting a Tribal consultation session on 105(l) lease requirements and payments, with a goal toward consistent and transparent 105(l) lease administration. 105(l) leases are facility cost agreements to compensate the Tribe/Tribal Organization owner for facility operational expenses associated with using the facility to administer or deliver the contracted or compacted services.
The FY 2021 Omnibus appropriations included language for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct Tribal consultations on how to implement a consistent and transparent process for payment of 105(l) leases.
Please register in advance here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdeCgrjsvHi4aSWg3V726LCrsX6PxsSk(link is external). After registering, you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.
Written input is required by September 13, 2021, and should be emailed to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the consultation please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.