Tribal Consultation in Alaska
November 2009 workshop on tribal consultations. Photo: Rebekah Lührs, Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.
In Alaska, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) consults with tribes and Native corporations about Federal actions that may affect tribal governments and their members. Executive Order 13175 sets the framework for regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Alaska Native representatives in the development of policies, legislation, regulations, and programs.
If an Alaska Native tribe or Native corporation would like to initiate a consultation on any issue that is under the authority of NMFS, a person representing the tribe or Native corporation should write to the Alaska Regional Administrator at: James W. Balsiger, Ph.D., Regional Administrator, NMFS Alaska Region, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, Alaska 99801, PH: (907) 586-7221. Please identify in the letter a contact person from the tribe or Native corporation for further coordination and the best method to contact that person.
If your group would like to update its contact information, would like to receive information from us by email, or if you have questions about tribal consultations or actions under development or consideration by NMFS and do not know who to contact, please use our contact form or email directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NOAA Procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation With Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations, November 2013
Tribal consultation process followed by the Sustainable Fisheries Division.
For additional information about tribal consultation issues under the Sustainable Fisheries Division, please contact:
- Gabrielle Aberle, Tribal Consultation Coordinator for Sustainable Fisheries Division, PH: (907) 586-7356, Email: Gabrielle.Aberle@noaa.gov
- Sally Bibb, Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, PH: (907) 586-7389, Email: Sally.Bibb@noaa.gov
- Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, PH: (907) 586-7775, Email: Glenn.Merrill@noaa.gov
For additional information about tribal consultation issues under the Habitat Conservation Division, please contact:
- Jeanne Hanson, Assistant Regional Administrator, Habitat Conservation Division, PH: (907) 271-3029, Jeanne.Hanson@noaa.gov
The process for tribal consultation on marine mammal issues is governed by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Co-management Agreements may be established between NMFS and Alaska Native Organizations, including tribes and tribally authorized co-management bodies. Individual co-management agreements incorporate the spirit and intent of co-management through close cooperation and communication between NMFS and the Alaska Native Organizations, hunters, and subsistence users. Agreements encourage the exchange of information regarding the conservation, management, and utilization of marine mammals in U.S. waters in and around Alaska. Existing agreements cover co-management structures, monitoring subsistence harvests, collecting and analyzing data on marine mammal populations, and participating in marine mammal research.
For additional information about tribal consultation issues under the Protected Resources Division, please contact:
- Jon Kurland, Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, PH: (907) 586-7638, Email: Jon.Kurland@noaa.gov
Fisheries Tribal Consultation Documents
- Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI
- Sablefish and Halibut IFQ
- Summary of Consultation with Native Village of Eyak, August 2014
- NMFS' response letter to Native Village of Eyak on three outstanding questions from consultation, October 2014
- Salmon Bycatch
- Report from the Tribal Consultation on Bering Sea Salmon Bycatch Management, April 2015
- Salmon Bycatch Consultation, December 2014
- Chinook salmon bycatch
- NMFS' Letter to Alaska Natives and Community Representatives, December 2011
- Public comments on the Chinook salmon bycatch management Draft EIS
- Public participation, outreach, and tribal consultation (section 1.5.7, pg. 16)
- NMFS' Letter to Alaska Natives and Community Representatives, January 2010
- NMFS' Letter to Alaska Native and Community Representatives, December 2008
- NMFS' Letter to Alaska Native Representatives, December 2007
- NMFS' Letter to NPFMC, March 2012
- Chum Salmon Bycatch Consultation, June 2011
- Consultation Follow-up Teleconference, October 2011
- NMFS' letter to Alaska Natives and Community Representatives, January 2009
- Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures
- Subsistence Halibut
NMFS and Tribal Representatives WorkgroupNovember 2009 Meeting
- NMFS' response letter to the recommendations for NMFS' tribal consultation process, June 2010
- Meeting Report and Recommendations
- Northern Bering Sea Research Area
Tribal Consultation Policy Directives and Public Law
- 78 FR 68819, November 15, 2013. Notice of a final NOAA Procedures Handbook for Government-to-Government Consultation with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations. The Handbook is intended to assist NOAA in conducting effective government-to-government consultations and fulfill NOAA's obligations under E.O. 13175 and Department Administrative Order 218–8 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, and the Department of Commerce Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy.
- 78 FR 37795 June 24, 2013. Notice announcing the availability of and request for comments on the Draft NOAA procedures for Government-to-Government Consultation with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes. This Draft Handbook is intended to assist NOAA staff in conducting effective government-to-government consultations. Comment period through August 23, 2013.
- 78 FR 33331, June 4, 2013. Department of Commerce Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy Statement. This policy establishes the manner in which the Department works with federally recognized Indian tribes when developing Department policies that have tribal implications.
- 77 FR 39464, July 3, 2012. Notice of a public comment period on the draft "Consultation and Coordination Policy of the U.S. Department of Commerce." This proposed policy establishes the manner in which the Department works with federally-recognized Indian tribes when developing Department policies that have tribal implications. Comment period through October 1, 2012.
- DOC Administrative Order 218-8 Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, April 2012
- Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance for E.O. 13175, July 2010
- Executive Order 13175, November 2000
- Section 161 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-199) and amendments made by Section 518 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 (Public Law 108-447)
- Department of Commerce (DOC) Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy, May 2013
- Memorandum from the President, November 2009
- Memorandum from the President, April 1994
- List of Federally Recognized Tribes, 79 FR 4748, January 2014
- Department of Commerce (DOC), Office of Native American Affairs
- NOAA, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Tribal Relations