Tribal Engagement

POINT HOPE, Alaska -- The midnight sun dips low over a snow fence and the frame of an umiak, a traditional Eskimo whaling boat, outside this remote village on the shores of the Chukchi Sea. BOEM photo by John Callahan

Many Native Americans live near and use areas where BOEM activities are proposed and conducted. The ancestors of today’s tribes occupied vast areas of land and depended on nearby ocean resources, even prior to both sea level rise at the end of the last ice age and interaction with the U.S. government. Furthermore, it is important to note the impact that the history of Federal law and policy has had on tribal access to ancestral lands. Policies such as the Indian Removal Act of 1830 enabled mass removal of Native Americans from their lands; these types of actions continue to have long-lasting impacts on tribes and their relationship with the Federal government.

BOEM implements tribal consultation policies through both formal government-to-government consultation and informal dialogue, collaboration, and engagement, BOEM is committed to maintaining open and transparent communications with Tribal governments, Alaska Native Organizations, Native Hawaiian Organizations and other indigenous communities. BOEM’s approach aims to emphasize trust, respect, and shared responsibility as part of a deliberative process for effective collaboration and informed decision-making.

BOEM Tribal Liaison Officer

Chief Environmental Officer
William Y. Brown
Washington DC
202-208-6249

Tribal Liaison Representatives

National Liaison
Jennifer Ewald
571-294-8780

Office of Renewable Energy (Atlantic)
Richard Warner
703-787-1085

Alaska Tribal and Community Liaison
Michael Haller
907-334-5276

Pacific Region
Sara Guiltinan
805-384-6345

Gulf of Mexico Region
Doug Jones
504-736-2859

BOEM implements tribal consultation policies through both formal government-to-government consultation and informal dialogue, collaboration, and engagement, BOEM is committed to maintaining open and transparent communications with Tribal governments, Alaska Native Organizations, Native Hawaiian Organizations and other indigenous communities. BOEM’s approach aims to emphasize trust, respect, and shared responsibility as part of a deliberative process for effective collaboration and informed decision-making.  BOEM encourages the use of the consultation processes, initiated by either party, to assure a free and active exchange of information.

BOEM Tribal Guidance (updated June 29, 2018)

Departmental Guidance

2017
2016
2015
2014

The Environmental Studies Program (ESP)

BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program develops, funds, and manages rigorous scientific research specifically to inform policy decisions on the development of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Research covers physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biology, protected species, social sciences and economics, submerged cultural resources and environmental fates and effects. Mandated by Section 20 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Environmental Studies Program is an indispensable requirement informing BOEM’s decisions on offshore oil and gas, offshore renewable energy, and the marine minerals program for coastal restoration. The ESP has provided over $1 billion for research to this end since its inception in 1973.

Selected Studies

Gaining knowledge of how Bureau activities may affect traditional ways, subsistence, and indigenous cultural resources is a key element to effective decision-making. Government-to-government consultations, community meetings, public hearings, and other special activities provide government staff and leadership the opportunity to learn from tribes and incorporate their viewpoints in the decision-making process. For over 40 years the ESP has worked to engage with indigenous communities on cultural and subsistence studies prior to Federal Actions. Then have the Studies drop downs under this text.