Effective Date: May 14, 1998
|Responsible Office: Office of Policy and Plans|
|Subject: Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Government|
The United States has a unique legal relationship with Indian tribal governments
forth in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, Executive orders, and
court decisions. Since the formation of the Union, the United States has recognized
Indian tribes as domestic dependent nations under its protection. In treaties, our Nation
has guaranteed the right of Indian tribes to self-government. As domestic dependent
nations, Indian tribes exercise inherent sovereign powers over their members and territory.
The United States continues to work with Indian tribes on a government-to-government
basis to address issues concerning Indian tribal self-government, trust resources, and
Indian tribal treaty and other rights.
Therefore, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish regular and meaningful
consultation and collaboration with Indian tribal governments in the development of
regulatory practices on Federal matters that significantly, or uniquely affect their
communities; to reduce the imposition of unfunded mandates upon Indian tribal
governments; and to streamline the application process for and increase the availability of
waivers to Indian tribal governments; it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Definitions. For purposes of this order:
(a) "State" or "States" refer to the States of the United States of America.,
individually or collectively, and, where relevant, to State governments, including units of
local government and other political subdivisions established by the States.
(b) "Indian tribe" means an Indian or Alaska Native tribe, band, nation, pueblo,
village, or community that the Secretary of the Interior acknowledges to exist as an Indian
tribe pursuant to the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994, 25 U.S.C. 479a.
(c) "Agency" means any authority of the United States that is an "agency" under 44
U.S.C. .3502(l), other than those considered to be independent regulatory agencies, as
defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(5).
Sec. 2. Policymaking Criteria. In formulating policies significantly or uniquely affecting
Indian tribal governments, agencies shall be guided, to the extent permitted by law, by
principles of respect for Indian tribal self-government and sovereignty, for tribal treaty and
other rights, and for responsibilities that arise from the unique legal relationship between
the Federal Government and Indian tribal governments.
Sec. 3. Consultation. (a) Each agency shall have an effective process to permit elected
officials and other representatives of Indian tribal governments to provide meaningful and
timely input in the development of regulatory policies on matters that significantly or
uniquely affect their communities.
(b) To the extent practicable and permitted by law, no agency shall promulgate any
regulation that is not required by statute, that significantly or uniquely affects the
communities of the Indian tribal governments, and that imposes substantial direct
compliance costs on such communities, unless:
(1) funds necessary to pay the direct costs incurred by the Indian tribal government in
complying with the regulation are provided by the Federal Government; or
(2) the agency, prior to the formal promulgation of the regulation,
(A) in a separately identified portion of the preamble to the regulation as it is to be issued
in the Federal Register, provides to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget a
description of the extent of the agency's prior consultation with representatives of affected Indian tribal governments, a summary of the nature of their concerns, and the agency's position supporting the need to issue the regulation; and
(B) makes available to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget any written
communications submitted to the agency by such Indian tribal governments.
Sec. 4. Increasing Flexibility for Indian Tribal Waivers. (a) Agencies shall review the processes
under which Indian tribal govenments apply for waivers of statutory and regulatory requirements and take appropriate steps to streamline those processes.
(b) Each agency shall, to the extent practicable and, permitted by law, consider any application by an Indian tribal government for a waiver of statutory or regulatory requirements in connection with any program administered by that agency with a general view toward increasing opportunities for utilizing flexible policy approaches at the Indian tribal level in cases in which the proposed waiver is consistent with the applicable Federal policy objectives and is, otherwise appropriate.
(c) Each agency shall, to the extent practicable and permitted by law, render a decision upon a complete application for a. waiver within days of receipt of such application by the agency. The agency shall provide the applicant with timely written notice of the decision and, if the application for a waiver is not granted, the reasons for such denial.
(d) This section applies only to statutory or regulatory requirements that are discretionary and subject to waiver by the agency.
Sec. 5. Cooperation in developing regulations. On issues relating to tribal self-government, trust resources, or treaty and other rights, each agency should explore and, where appropriate, use consensual mechanisms for developing regulations, including negotiated rulemaking.
Sec. 6. Independent, agencies. Independent regulatory agencies are encouraged to comply with the provisions of this order.
Sec. 7. General provisions. (a) This order is intended only to improve the internal management of the executive branch and is not intended to, and does not, create any right, benefit, or trust responsibility, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or equity by a party against the United States, its agencies or Instrumentalities, its officers or employees, or any other person.
(b) This order shall supplement but not supersede the requirements contained in Executive
Order 12866 ("Regulatory Planning and Review"), Executive Order 12988 ("civil justice
Reform"), OMB Circular A-19, and the Executive Memorandum of April 29, 1994, on
Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments.
(c) This order shall complement the consultation and waiver provisions in sections 4 and 5 of the Executive order, entitled "Federalism," being issued on this day.
William J. Clinton
THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 14, 1998.
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