Interior to Review Environmental Coordination With Tribes

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell called on her department’s agencies on Friday to improve the way they coordinate with Native American tribal governments on managing land and water resources.

Jewell released a secretarial order calling on agencies to identify areas where they can better coordinate with tribal governments on managing fish and wildlife resources, cultural sites, plant resources, and public information.

The Obama administration has recently acknowledged some trouble with soliciting tribal governments’ input on energy and environmental issues on public and tribal lands. In September, officials called for a pause on construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux tribe opposes, so that the administration can review how it takes tribal perspectives into account on infrastructure projects.

The administration is holding regional meetings with tribal government leaders between Oct. 11 and Nov. 21.

This order applies to the National Parks Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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