On November 5, 2009, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum, directing the head of each agency to develop a detailed plan of action to implement Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, which calls for regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications.

The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with Indian tribal governments, established through and confirmed by the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, executive orders, and judicial decisions. In recognition of that special relationship, pursuant to Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, executive departments and agencies are charged with engaging in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, and are responsible for strengthening the government-to-government relationship between the United States and Indian tribes. The Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, under the direction of the Special Representative, Reta Lewis, leads this effort at the U.S. Department of State. In addition to working with state and local leaders, the Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs work to engage tribal leaders on a variety of issues including climate change, border issues, conservation, and land and water use.


Contact Us: Please contact the Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs if you have any questions:

Phone: (202) 647-7710
Email: TribalConsultation@state.gov

Mail
Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520

Ms. Reta Lewis is the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.



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