On 27 October 1999, the DoD promulgated its
annotated American Indian and Alaska Native Policy,
which emphasizes the importance of respecting and
consulting with tribal governments on a
government-to-government basis. The policy requires
an assessment, through consultation, of the effect
of proposed DoD actions that may have the potential
to impact protected American Indian tribal
resources, American Indian tribal rights, and
American Indian lands before decisions are made by
the services. DoDI 4710.02 provides additional
guidance for this policy.
Consultation takes on many
forms. The ARNG may need to consult on a project
basis for proposed actions that may affect cultural
resources of interest to Tribes. If ARNG activities
have the potential to affect tribal properties or
resources, all interested Tribes will be consulted
early in the planning process and their concerns
will be addressed to the greatest extent possible.
Respect for the sovereign status of each Native
American tribal government is key to the UTNG Tribal
Consultation program area. The UTNG will work
directly with federally recognized Tribes on a
government to government basis, recognizing the
sovereignty of each Tribe.
Building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with the
Tribes is the cornerstone of effective consultation.
Accordingly, the UTNG Cultural Resources Program
Manager (CRM) is considered the primary liaison
between the UTNG and Tribal governments. As the
liaison, it is the responsibility of the CRM to
foster meaningful relationships with tribal
representatives. The CRM coordinates with Air Force
and Army counterparts (Hill Air Force Base, Dugway
Proving Ground and Tooele Army Depot) to meet with
Tribal representatives on a quarterly basis. This
effort culminates during the Annual American Indian
Meeting each year.
It is the goal of the
consultation process to identify both the resource
management concerns and the strategies for
addressing them through an interactive dialogue with
appropriate American Indian communities.