Corps of Engineers Tribal Protocols

BACKGROUND:
Twenty-two federally recognized Native American tribes reside within the regulatory boundaries of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) St. Paul District. USACE reviews hundreds of projects per year with the potential to affect tribal interests, and various federal laws and policies require that agencies consult tribes on their undertakings.

SCOPE:
The USACE St. Paul District sought to improve its consultation strategies to more fully incorporate consultation as an essential part of its program implementation. USACE enlisted the assistance of the Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to contract with the 106 Group to provide impartial, third-party facilitation services.

OUTCOME:
We organized, facilitated, and documented meetings with over 50 tribal leaders and staff, from 18 tribes, to develop alternatives and strategies for effective engagement and consultation with tribes in the St. Paul District. Tribes complimented our project team for our culturally-sensitive approach and successful cultivation of personal relationships.

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