Published on Sep 23, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 23, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 23, 2016 | The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) looks forward to the tribal consultation sessions announced today by the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Army. These federal departments are taking the next step as outlined by their September 9, 2016 Joint Statement in setting a tribal consultation schedule, to address longstanding issues of ensuring meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions that impact tribal communities, resources, and lands.
“Tribal Leaders from across Indian Country have come together in an unprecedented show of support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in the fight to protect their water and cultural places,” said NCAI President Brian Cladoosby, “So many of our tribal nations have dealt with the same type of issues protecting our natural and cultural resources.”
NCAI encourages the advancement of tribal sovereignty, and anticipates these tribal consultations sessions as an opportunity for tribal nations to their take place as governments during the review and permitting process of projects that will impact tribal waters, lands, and sacred places.
About The National Congress of American Indians:
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information, visit www.ncai.org.