Department of Interior getting serious about consultation with tribes?

The United States Department of Interior is creating tribal consultation teams in each of the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs region across the country, according to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Larry Echo Hawk, the assistant secretary in charge of Indian affairs, notified federally recognized tribes of the plan and asked for nominations for the councils. Each team is to include 12 tribal representatives and alternates as well as a representative of the department.

American Indian tribes have long complained that the federal government does things to them with any consultation or without any REAL consultation.

Even this new plan only implements in 2010 an executive order signed by President Bill Clinton in November 2000 that directed federal departments to develop policies to cooperate and consult with Indian tribes.

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