Programs and Collaboration Opportunities
"The United States seeks to continue restoring and healing relations with Native Americans and to strengthen its partnership with tribal governments, for our more recent history demonstrates that tribal self-determination -- the ability of tribal governments to determine how to build and sustain their own communities -- is necessary for successful and prospering communities."
President Barrack Obama
Executive order – Establishing the White
House Council on Native American Affairs
David Agnew, Director of the White House Office of
Intergovernmental Affairs, meets with leaders of the Moapa Band of
Paiute Indians and the Moapa Solar Project. (by Eric Lee)
DoD Programs of Interest to Tribal Nations
Integrated Product Team
The Native American Integrated Product Team facilitates coordination and communication among parts of DoD on tribal issues and helps DoD meet its responsibilities under Federal law and policy related to tribal issues. This group also advises the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment). Its members include representatives of each of the Military Departments and Army Civil Works.
IPT Charter (PDF)
Innovative Readiness Training Program
Improves military readiness while simultaneously providing quality services to communities throughout America. These programs primarily are related to engineering, medical, healthcare, human services, and transportation projects.
Legacy Resource Management Program (LEGACY)
Provides financial assistance efforts to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the nation. The Legacy program also assists in protecting and enhancing resources while supporting military readiness.
Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP)
DoD created the NALEMP program to address environmental impacts on Indian lands and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) - conveyed properties from former DoD activities and facilities. DoD is committed to address impacts from weapons testing, practice bombings, field maneuvers, and other activities through government-to-government consultation. DoD works closely with tribes to mitigate environmental impacts with the maximum tribal participation possible.
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
USACE provides premier engineering and management products and services to the Army, Air Force, other federal agencies, and other governments as assigned. The focus of the USACEÃ‚Â’s military mission includes:
- Military Construction - DoD-wide support
- Environment - Formerly Used Defense Sites Program, munitions response and clean up
- Civil Works - infrastructure projects
- Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
DoD Office of Small Business Programs
HUB Zone Empowerment Contracting Program
Encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones "HUB Zones" through the establishment of preferences.
Indian Incentive Program
Provides a 5% rebate to prime contractors on subcontracted work performed by an Indian organization.
Assists small businesses to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies under individual, project-based agreements.
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program
Provides and improves prime and subcontracting opportunities for veteran and service-disabled veteran small-business concerns.
Woman-Owned Small Business Program
Highlights the DoD efforts to achieve the 5% goal for prime and subcontract awards to small business concerns owned and controlled by women.
Contracting & Surplus Property Programs
Defense Reutilization & Marketing Service
The DRMS disposes of excess property received from military services through reutilization and surplus property sales to other federal agencies, state, tribal, and local governments.
- DoD surplus property sales
- Disposal of hazardous materials from DoD activities
- Resource recovery and recycling
- Demilitarization program
DoD Surplus Property Program (PPT)
This presentation, developed by the Defense Reutilization Marketing Service (DRMS), provides visual step-by-step instructions on how to utilize the ServiceÃ‚Â’s website to assist in oneÃ‚Â’s surplus property requests.
Property Screening and Requisitions (PPT)
This presentation, developed by the Defense Reutilization Marketing Service (DRMS), highlights the DRMS's mission and process toward redistributing excess property while protecting the public and maximizes the sales revenues.
Improving Tribal-DoD Relations: Contracting Programs (PPT)
This presentation helps identify the basic steps, tools, and opportunities in the contracting process. It also details other sources one might find useful when utilizing the contracting process.
Contracting by AFOPO (PPT)
This presentation, developed by the Air Force Outreach Program Office (AFOPO), highlights the Air Forces' community outreach activities, contracting programs and opportunities, as well as other policies and resources.
Tribal Organizations and NGOs
The National Congress of American Indians
The National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. Since 1944, the National Congress of American Indians has been working to inform the public and Congress on the governmental rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
A nonprofit organization, Walking Shield works to improve the lives of American Indian families through programs to provide shelter, health care, community development, and educational assistance. DoD coordinates with the program to provide surplus relocatable military housing units for the tribes' use.
United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET)
USET is dedicated to promoting Indian leadership, improving the quality of life for American Indians, and protecting Indian rights and resources on Tribal lands. Although its guiding principle is unity, USET plays a major role in the self-determination of all member Tribes by working to improve the capabilities of Tribal governments. Established in 1969, United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., is a non-profit, intertribal organization that collectively represents its member Tribes at the regional and national level.
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI)
ATNI is a nonprofit organization representing 57 Northwest tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, southeast Alaska, Northern California and Western Montana. Through its conferences, forums, networks and alliances, it is the intent of ATNI to represent and advocate for the interests of its member Tribes to national Indian and non-Indian organizations and governments.
Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)
The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) is the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska. Its membership includes 178 villages (both federally-recognized tribes and village corporations), 13 regional Native corporations and 12 regional nonprofit and tribal consortiums that contract and run federal and state programs. The mission of AFN is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community.
Alaska Inter-Tribal Council (AITC)
The Alaska Inter-Tribal Council is a statewide, tribally-governed non-profit organization that advocates in support of tribal governments throughout the state. The Council promotes indigenous self-determination by providing technical assistance to tribal governments, facilitating inter-governmental and inter-agency communication and collaboration, offering public education regarding Alaska Native cultures and tribal governments, and advocating on behalf of tribal initiatives and self governance.
Western Regional Partnership
In November 2007, state and tribal executive leadership from the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah met with senior leaders from DoD and other Federal agencies to establish a regional-senior policy level partnership. The Western Regional Partnership (WRP) was formed to eliminate redundancies in resource management, create a strong working entity to address issues of regional significance and develop solutions for the five-state region.
Other Federal Agency Programs of Interest to Tribal Nations
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) within HHS promotes the self-sufficiency and cultural preservation for Native Americans by providing social and economic development opportunities, language preservation, development of environmental regulations, and family preservation goals of tribes through financial assistance, training, and technical assistance to eligible tribes and Native American communities.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Minority Veterans Program helps ensure that the VA addresses the unique circumstances and special needs of minority veterans. The Veterans Business and Economic Outreach initiative assists minority veterans with business related needs; identifies opportunities and benefits; and provides access to business opportunities and contracts within the federal government and private sector.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) at EPA coordinates the agency-wide effort to strengthen public health and environmental protection in Indian Country. The Tribal Solid Waste Interagency Workgroup assists tribes to clean up and close non-compliant solid waste sites and developing alternative disposal options and integrated solid waste management plans.
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The ACHP promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. The ACHP Native American Program provides technical assistance and outreach on Native American historical matters.
Recognizing Tribal Sovereignty and Cultural Traditions
Working to Fulfill Federal Trust Responsibilities
Protecting Natural and Cultural Resources
Consulting with Tribal Nations