President Joe Biden
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USET SPF Initial Priorities for Biden-Harris Administration – December 18, 2020


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USET SPF Consultation Principles for Biden Consultations March 2021
Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships January 26

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Executive Order Tracker – Akin Gump

The Biden-Harris Administration

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USET SPF Letter Regarding the IHS Director Nomination (March 9, 2022)
USET SPF Support for Lauren King as a Federal District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (June 4, 2021)
USET SPF-Led Tribal Organization Support Letter for Bryan Newland’s Confirmation as AS-IA  (June 4, 2021)
USET SPF Support for Rep. Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior  (January 26, 2021)
USET SPF Leads Joint Inter-Tribal Organization Support Letter for Deb Haaland (February 3, 2021)
Joe Biden Adds Several Native Americans to Administration – NativeNewsOnline January 26
Biden Administration Cabinet & Staff Index – Akin Gump


HSDW Memo January 22 – White House Releases Executive Order on Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulations

Previous Consultations


January 20: The Biden Administration released an initial list of items for agency review (i.e. reconsideration and likely withdrawal) pursuant to one of the new Admin’s anticipated first Executive Orders, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” Here is a link to the release on the list of items for review.
Here are some highlights:

  • “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act,” 85 Fed. Reg. 43304 (July 16, 2020).
  • “The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States,’” 85 Fed. Reg. 22250 (April 21, 2020).
  • “National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Lead and Copper Rule Revisions,” 86 Fed. Reg. 4198 (January 15, 2021).
  • “Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter,” 85 Fed. Reg. 82684 (December 18, 2020).
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, M-37056: Status of Mineral Ownership Underlying the Missouri River within the Boundaries of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (North Dakota) (May 26, 2020).
  • “National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures for the Bureau of Land Management (516 DM 11),” 85 Fed. Reg. 25472 (May 1, 2020).
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, M-37055: Withdrawal of Solicitor’s Opinion M-37029, “The Meaning of ‘Under Federal Jurisdiction’ for Purposes of the Indian Reorganization Act” (March 9, 2020).

Another release on Day-1 Executive Actions to, “Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises.” Items of interest include:

  • Launch a “100 Days Masking Challenge” and Leading by Example in the Federal Government: Today, President-elect Biden is launching his “100 Days Masking Challenge,” asking the American people to do their part — their patriotic duty — and mask up for 100 days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that masks “are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease.” President-elect Biden is also doing his part by issuing an Executive Order today requiring masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors. He is also asking the Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Disease Control to engage with state, local, Tribal, and territorial officials to implement masking, physical distancing, and other CDC public measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Structure Our Federal Government to Coordinate a Unified National Response: The federal government must act swiftly and aggressively to combat COVID-19. President-elect Biden will sign an Executive Order creating the position of COVID-19 Response Coordinator, who will report directly to the President and be responsible for coordinating all elements of the COVID-19 response across government, including managing efforts to produce, supply, and distribute personal protective equipment, vaccines, and tests. In addition, this Executive Order restores the NSC Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense to focus on domestic and global biological threats, play a critical role in stopping the COVID-19 pandemic, and prevent future biological catastrophes.
  • Launch a Whole-of-Government Initiative to Advance Racial Equity: The president-elect will sign an Executive Order beginning the work of embedding equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions. The Executive Order will define equity as the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; LGBTQ+ persons; people with disabilities; religious minorities, persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise affected by persistent poverty or inequality. The president-elect will:
    • Establish that advancing equity for all — including people of color and others who have been historically underserved and marginalized — is the responsibility of the whole of our government;
    • Direct every federal agency to undertake a baseline review of the state of equity within their agency and deliver an action plan within 200 days to address unequal barriers to opportunity in agency policies and programs;
    • Launch a new equitable data working group to ensure that federal data reflects the diversity of America;
    • Task the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with working to more equitably allocate federal resources to empower and invest in communities of color and other underserved communities;
    • Improve the delivery of government benefits and services to ensure that families of all backgrounds across the country can access opportunity, for example by reducing language access barriers;
    • Study new methods that federal agencies can use to assess whether proposed policies advance equity;
    • Direct agencies to engage with communities who have been historically underrepresented, underserved, and harmed by federal policies.
    • In this Executive Order, the president-elect will also rescind the Trump Administration’s 1776 Commission, which has sought to erase America’s history of racial injustice. And, he will revoke President Trump’s damaging executive order limiting the ability of federal government agencies, contractors and even some grantees from implementing important and needed diversity and inclusion training. Additional actions in the coming weeks will restore and reinvigorate the federal government’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Regulatory Process Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum: Regulations are an important tool for the federal government to address the crises facing the nation. The Trump Administration unnecessarily hamstrung this critical tool by creating arbitrary obstacles to regulatory action. Today, the president-elect will issue a Presidential Memorandum withdrawing the Trump Administration’s regulatory process executive orders to remove those needless obstacles to regulating in the public’s interest. And, the president-elect will direct the Director of the OMB to develop recommendations for improving and modernizing regulatory review. These recommendations will create a process to advance regulations that promote public health and safety, economic growth, social welfare, racial justice, environmental stewardship, human dignity, equity, and the interests of future generations.

Today, the White House Chief of Staff will also issue a regulatory freeze memo that will pause any new regulations from moving forward and give the incoming Administration an opportunity to review any regulations that the Trump Administration tried to finalize in its last days. The memo directs all agencies to confer with the Director of OMB before renewing any regulatory activity. This action will allow the Biden Administration to prevent any detrimental so-called “midnight regulations” from taking effect, while ensuring that urgent measures in the public’s interest can proceed.

Transition Meeting and Inaugural Events