Interested parties may submit comments through June 18
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor today published in the Federal Register a proposed tribal consultation policy, which encompasses the agency's programs impacting tribal communities. A comment period will end June 18.
"The development of the Labor Department's tribal consultation policy honors the relationship between the Native American community and the U.S. government, thanks to the president's leadership calling for ongoing engagement with tribal nations and communities," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
On Nov. 9, 2009, President Obama cited Executive Order 13175, which was issued by President Clinton, tasking executive branch departments and agencies with engaging tribal nations to formalize federal programs that impact tribal communities.
Following the president's charge, the Department of Labor began devising a plan. A series of consultative listening sessions, including meetings with representatives of the Native American community, the department's Native American Employment and Training Council, and the National Congress of American Indians, preceded the finalization of the tribal consultation policy proposed today.
After the comment period concludes, the department will evaluate comments for prospective changes to the policy. To view the proposal and submit comments, visit http://www.federalregister.gov/a/2012-09372.
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