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
Tribal Liaison Representatives
Office of Renewable Energy (Atlantic)
Alaska Tribal and Community Liaison
Gulf of Mexico Region
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.
In March 2013, the BOEM Director called for the creation of a Tribal Consultation Policy Working Group (Group) to develop recommendations for a BOEM Tribal Consultation Policy. The Group convened with the assistance of a facilitator for 3 days in December 2013. Representatives from each Region and Program office participated, developing recommendations for the development of BOEM’s Tribal Consultation Guidance memo. Drawing from those recommendations and other sources, the Bureau Chief Environmental Officer (CEO), William Y. Brown, issued Bureau Tribal Consultation Guidance on May 5, 2015 in a memorandum through BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank (Guidance). The Guidance adopts and augments the Department of Interior’s Tribal Consultation Policy, statues and orders, which call for regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Federally-recognized tribes.
BOEM Tribal Guidance
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.
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.
Traditional Knowledge Regarding Bowhead Whales in the Chukchi Sea, 2007-2009
Monitoring Social and Cultural Effects, Phase I: Beaufort Region (TR-117)
Subsistence Use And Knowledge Of Salmon In Barrow And Nuiqsut, Alaska, 2009-2012
Subsistence Mapping Of Nuiqsut, Kaktovik, And Barrow, 2009-2013
COMIDA: Impact Monitoring For Offshore Subsistence Hunting, 2008-2012
Sociocultural Consequences of Alaska OCS Activities: Data Analysis And Integration, 1995-2001
An Investigation of The Sociocultural Consequences Of Outer Continental Shelf Development In Alaska I. Introduction, 1991-1995
Compendium of Alaskan OCS Cultural Resources Studies 1978-1986
Working with youth in the community