Native American and Alaska Native Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Program
The U.S. Institute's Native American and Alaska Native Environmental Program helps increase the appropriate and effective
use of collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution in environmental matters involving Native American and
Alaska Native communities and federal agencies.
The program focuses on environmental, natural resource, public land and trust land issues where one or more tribes, in
addition to a federal agency or interest, are directly involved. Service areas include:
- Environmental planning;
- Government-to-government consultation;
- Policy development and implementation;
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) actions; and
- Consultations related to traditional cultural property and sacred sites.
For example, the U.S. Institute has provided consensus-building and mediation services to:
Provide facilitation support for stakeholder and tribal engagement for coastal marine planning workshops in several of
the regions established by the National Ocean Policy, including the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, West Coast, and Pacific Islands.
Assist the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform in its
solicitation of recommendations regarding the DOI trust management and administration of nearly $4 billion in Native American trust assets.
Assist the Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service in developing a collaboration and communication strategy and facilitating
regional listening sessions with Native American and Alaska Native communities and tribal leaders to review existing policies and examine
the effectiveness of current laws and regulations to ensure a consistent level of protection for Native American Sacred Sites located
on National Forest lands...
The U.S. Institute also manages the Native Dispute Resolution Network, the only national network of
dispute resolvers with expertise in culturally appropriate collaborative dispute resolution and collaboration across
Tribal, Federal, and State governments.
Staff Contact Information:
Sarah Palmer, Senior Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Click on the link below to print or download a booklet of case briefings.
Program Overview and Case Briefings Booklet