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Improving Section 106 Compliance by Improving Relationships: FHWA Tribal Consultation Workshops
The Federal government's relationship with Indian tribes is deeply rooted in American history, dating to the earliest contact between colonial and Tribal governments. In order to ensure meaningful and timely tribal consultation, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is working with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to present the FHWA Tribal Consultation Workshops.

Improving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process Through Enhanced Tribal Capacity
The Council on Environmental Quality has established the Interagency Tribal NEPA Capacity Work Group (the Work Group) in its continuing efforts to make the NEPA process more effective, efficient and timely. The Work Group seeks to enhance the knowledge, understanding and skills of federal agencies and American Indian tribes, Alaska Native entities and Native Hawaiian organizations and thereby enable them to work together more effectively throughout the NEPA process.

FHWA Historic Preservation and Archaeology Program, Tribal Issues
This tribal issues page provides information on tribal consultation and coordination, examples of streamlining initiatives, and links to various resources related to tribes and historic preservation.

Tribal Consultation and Cultural Resources Assessment - Environmental Justice Case Studies
This case study describes a project that confronted the discovery of protected historical resources. The case illustrates an effective working relationship between Federal, State, and Tribal Governments. The case shows how different governmental agencies can work together on planning projects, and at the same time respond to their respective mandates, and strive to serve their constituencies in the best way possible.

Section 106 FAQ's on Tribal Consultation
The Section 106 regulations state that "the agency official shall ensure that consultation in the Section 106 process provides the Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization a reasonable opportunity to identify its concerns about historic properties, including those of traditional religious and cultural importance, articulate its views on the undertaking's effects on such properties, and participate in the resolution of adverse effects. This section provides access to frequently asked questions on this process.

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