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DOT Tribal Consultation Plan


The United States government has a unique legal relationship with Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments as set forth in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, and court decisions. The Federal government recognizes the right of selfdetermination for Indian tribal governments and the obligation to work with Indian tribal governments in a government-to-government relationship. As an executive agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has a responsibility and is committed to working with Indian tribal governments in this unique relationship, respecting tribal sovereignty and self determination.

The USDOT seeks to foster and facilitate positive government-to-government relations between the Department and all Federally-recognized Indian tribes. The purpose of this plan is to develop, improve, and maintain partnerships with Indian tribes by using agreed upon processes when the Department develops, changes, or implements policies, programs, or services with tribal implications.