Native American Affairs
Protocol, Consultation, and the Government-to-Government Relationship
Note for Reclamation personnel with limited knowledge of these subjects who are trying to decide where to start, the 2009 Presidential Memorandum, Departmental Policy, and Reclamation Protocol Guidance are suggested. Additionally, the Interagency Working Group on Indian Affairs documents provide basic guidance on consultation principles and practices.
Executive Orders:•Executive Order 13175 - Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments (November 6, 2000) [Note: Revokes and supersedes Executive Order No. 13084 of May 14, 1998, which also addressed Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments.]
Presidential Memoranda and Other Presidential Documents:•Memorandum issued by the President on Tribal Consultation (November 5, 2009) – Concerns implementation of Executive Order 13175 (Obama administration)
Note: Other Presidential statements of Indian policy from previous administrations may be found on the website of the Environmental Protection Agency at:
Department of Interior Documents:
Bureau of Reclamation Documents:Note: Reclamation is in the process of reviewing and updating its policies for compliance in accordance with the new Departmental policy and order on consultation. In the meantime, current Reclamation policy and guidance provisions remain in effect to the extent they are not contradicted by the new Departmental policy and order.
• Other documents generated by the IWGIA may be found on the website of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at: http://www.achp.gov/nap.html.
Note on the IWGIA: This informal working group includes representatives from a number of Departments and bureaus throughout the government, including Reclamation. These references are included here as the products generated by the group include much useful information. However, it should also be noted that the products vary in the amount of legal review and input, so it may be appropriate to exercise caution before relying on these for any legally-sensitive information.
Last Updated: 6/11/15