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BIA Tribal Consultation on Departmental Policy on Indigenous Knowledge

February 27, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

February 27, 2023 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Consultation Materials: Draft Department Manual (DM) Chapter on Indigenous Knowledge

The Department of the Interior (DOI) seeks input from Tribal Leaders, Alaska Native Corporation Leaders, and Native Hawaiian Community Leaders, on the development of a policy to respect, and equitably promote the inclusion of, Indigenous Knowledge in the Department’s decision making, program implementation, and other activities. This policy will guide the Department’s Bureaus and Offices.

At the White House Tribal Nations Summit in November 2021, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a memorandum recognizing the importance of Indigenous Knowledge and committing to elevating its role in federal scientific and policy processes and creating an interagency working group to develop government-wide guidance.

In 2022, OSTP, CEQ, and the White House Domestic Policy Council conducted several Tribal consultations and listening sessions, received written comments, and held individual meetings to gather input for the development of government-wide guidance, which was issued on November 30, 2022. The Department reviewed the feedback received by OSTP and CEQ and incorporated it into the attached draft Indigenous Knowledge policy. If you have already commented during the OSTP and CEQ process, you do not need to provide duplicate comments for this consultation.

They are seeking input on the following:

  1. How would you like to work with the Department to ensure that Indigenous Knowledge properly informs Departmental policies, programs, research, and decision making? What challenges do you foresee? How can we structure our actions to address your concerns and interests?
  2. How can the Department work with you to identify appropriate knowledge holders and to obtain appropriate consent for the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge?
  3. How can the Department work with you to value and protect this knowledge? What ethical considerations should guide the Department’s efforts?
  4. For which specific federal laws, regulations, policies, or research/scientific processes can Indigenous Knowledge inform the Department’s decision making? How should Indigenous Knowledge be included in these authorities and processes?

Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



February 27, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST
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