On 27 October 1999, the DoD promulgated its annotated American Indian and Alaska Native Policy, which emphasizes the importance of respecting and consulting with tribal governments on a government-to-government basis. The policy requires an assessment, through consultation, of the effect of proposed DoD actions that may have the potential to impact protected American Indian tribal resources, American Indian tribal rights, and American Indian lands before decisions are made by the services. DoDI 4710.02 provides additional guidance for this policy.
Consultation takes on many forms. The ARNG may need to consult on a project basis for proposed actions that may affect cultural resources of interest to Tribes. If ARNG activities have the potential to affect tribal properties or resources, all interested Tribes will be consulted early in the planning process and their concerns will be addressed to the greatest extent possible.
Respect for the sovereign status of each Native American tribal government is key to the UTNG Tribal Consultation program area. The UTNG will work directly with federally recognized Tribes on a government to government basis, recognizing the sovereignty of each Tribe.
Building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with the Tribes is the cornerstone of effective consultation. Accordingly, the UTNG Cultural Resources Program Manager (CRM) is considered the primary liaison between the UTNG and Tribal governments. As the liaison, it is the responsibility of the CRM to foster meaningful relationships with tribal representatives. The CRM coordinates with Air Force and Army counterparts (Hill Air Force Base, Dugway Proving Ground and Tooele Army Depot) to meet with Tribal representatives on a quarterly basis. This effort culminates during the Annual American Indian Meeting each year.
It is the goal of the consultation process to identify both the resource management concerns and the strategies for addressing them through an interactive dialogue with appropriate American Indian communities.