ADOT&PF Tribal Consultation Training. OBJECTIVES Learn why and when tribal consultation is required as well as the types of consultation Be able to differentiate between a tribal government, an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) and a 93-638 contracting agency
* - the 13th regional corporation is registered in Washington State and did not receive land from Congress
93-638 Contracting or Compacting Agencies…
(A) by recipients of assistance under chapter 53 of title 49; and
(B) by governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations (including representatives of the agencies and organizations) that receive Federal assistance from a source other than the Department of Transportation to provide nonemergency transportation services.
List of recognized tribes may be obtained from:
This policy reinforces government-to-government relationships between the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (Department) and the tribes in Alaska through consultation on significant matters of mutual concern. This policy provides guidance to all employees of the Department involved in any departmental action(s) that significantly or uniquely affect a tribe in Alaska, and pertaining to any tribal action that significantly or uniquely affects this Department. It also reinforces the foundation for establishing and maintaining effective government-to-government communications between the Department and the tribes in Alaska, and promotes consultation and coordination with these tribes, with the goal of ensuring that the Department conducts consultation in a culturally sensitive manner.
The Department is committed to consulting with tribes in Alaska as early in the Department’s decision-making process as practicable, and as permitted by law, prior to taking action or undertaking activities that significantly or uniquely affect a tribe.
Department actions shall favor maximum participation of the affected tribe(s), with the goal of achieving informed decision-making through mutual consultation.
Q-How are Indian tribal governments and related public agencies involved in the development of transportation plans and programs?
A–”There are two recognized tribal entities in Anchorage: Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and Eklutna Native Village. They are included in planning the same way as all other groups nominations are sent to an extensive mailing list. The AMATS agendas are advertised and can be accessed via the Internet. A review of our email list notes that Eklutna Corp. is on our list.”
“The relationship between these native groups and AMATS is not the same as with tribes in the Lower 48 because of the corporate structure established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Both organizations are arms of their respective Native Corporations and politically function as a part of the Municipality of Anchorage government. Cook Inlet Regional Corporation (CIRI) provides tribal authority to CITC and CITC operates as the social services arm of CIRI. They do not consider themselves a separate governmental unit from the Municipality.”
“Further, Anchorage has a strong Community Council public outreach component. The Community Councils are where the grass roots level of public involvement is found. Many elected officials started out as Community Council presidents. Consequently, there is heavy involvement with Community Councils during the project nomination cycles as well as project development processes. Local native populations participate in their neighborhood Community Councils.”
State of Alaska
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
Civil Rights Office
2200 East 42nd Avenue
PO Box 196900
Anchorage, AK 99519-6900
telephone (907) 269-0851
fax (907) 269-0847