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Office of Tribal Government Relations

Tribal Consultation

On November 5, 2009, President Obama signed a Memorandum on Tribal Consultation that pronounces Tribal consultations a critical ingredient of a sound and productive Federal-Tribal relationship. The Presidential Memorandum directs all Federal agencies to develop a detailed plan of the actions to fully implement Consultation and Coordination with American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Governments and to establish regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have Tribal implications.

VA Tribal Consultation Policy [PDF]

2016 Tribal Consultation Report

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In 2016, VA initiated consultation with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments on recognition of tribal organizations for representation of VA benefit claimants, the top three to five priorities for Veterans in Indian Country, and a proposed consolidation of non-VA care into a more standardized system under the Veterans Choice Program. This report presents tribal responses and policy background for each consultation topic. Download the report in PDF format.

Handbook and Directives

Download VA Handbook 8603: Consultation and Communication with Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes [PDF]

VA initiates consultation on an alternative process in the National Historic Preservation Act called Program Comment. VA will offer a webinar on March 22, 2018.

VA initiates Consultation on Care in the Community—comments due November 5, 2016

Department of Veterans Affairs Round Table Discussion
Postponed, date to be determined
Anchorage, AK

VA initiates Tribal Consultation—comments due October 7, 2016

VA initiates Tribal Consultation—comments due April 2, 2016

VA initiates Tribal Consultation—comments due October 26, 2015

VA initiates Tribal Consultation on the Choice Act Section 102 (c)Deadline for comments is January 14, 2015

VA/IHS MOU Tribal Consultation - Comment Deadline October 8, 2014

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