Native American Affairs

Native American Integrated Product Team (IPT)

The DoD is required by numerous laws, treaties, and the “Trust Relationship” between the United States and Indian tribes to consult with tribes on a government-to-government basis before taking action that may affect Indian lands, treaty rights, traditional cultural properties, or tribal sovereignty.

DoD’s trust responsibility is derived from treaties, Executive Orders, agreements, Statutes, and other obligations between the United States and tribes. The DoD American Indian and Alaska Native Policy embodies and exemplifies our national commitment to working cooperatively and effectively with Indian Nations.


In November 2002, DoD chartered the DoD Native American Integrated Product Team (Native American Team). The Native American 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.

The quarterly meetings of the Native American Team promote exchange of information and encourage members to combine program resources. Members also review pending legislative, regulatory, and policy proposals concerning Native American issues, especially those related to DoD’s responsibilities under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the National Historic Preservation Act, and other statutes.


  • Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Army Civil Works
  • National Guard


The DoD Integrated Product Team was chartered on November 18, 2002. The charter outlines the DoD’s relationship and responsibilities to Indian tribes as well as the role of the IPT to include:

  • Enhancing coordination and communication between DoD Components regarding Indian tribal issues;
  • Assisting DoD Components in meeting their responsibilities under federal law and policy as it relates to Indian tribal issues; and
  • Fulfilling responsibilities assigned to the ODSUD as DoD’s senior-level tribal liaison.

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