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USACE Authorities

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 Individually Authorized Studies and Projects
 International and Interagency Support (IIS)
 Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP)
 Planning Assistance to States and Tribes Program (Section 22)
Section 22 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 (amended by Section 2013 [Tribal Assistance] of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007): The Corps can provide technical planning services to assist a Tribe or state in the creation of a comprehensive water resources strategy for developing, using, and conserving water and related land resources.

 Regulatory Program
 Tribal Partnership Program (Section 203) 
 WRRDA 2014, Sect. 1031(b) Authority

Contact Us

Michelle Larson, Tribal Liaison
(916) 906-2913

Tina Somenek, Tribal Liaison

Sacramento District Tribal Program

The Tribal Program implements the Department of Defense American Indian/Alaska Native Policy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tribal Policy Principles. We acknowledge the wisdom that tribes bring to the table and how our programs, projects and activities are enhanced by their input.

The primary goals of our program are:
(1) To consult with tribes that may be affected by USACE projects or policies and
(2) To reach out and partner with tribes on water resources projects.

In Sacramento District’s eight-state area of responsibility, there are more than 90 federally recognized tribes and many more non-federally recognized tribes. The district works with tribes to be successful in our mission to serve the nation. The Corps has a unique trust relationship with each tribe based on the U.S. Constitution, treaties, statutes, court decisions and executive orders. This trust relationship requires the Corps to protect and preserve tribal resources to the greatest extent possible.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tribal Policy Principles

TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recognizes that tribal governments are sovereign entities, with rights to set their own priorities, develop and manage tribal and trust resources, and be involved in federal decisions or activities which have the potential to affect these rights. Tribes retain inherent powers of self-government.

TRUST RESPONSIBILITY - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will work to meet trust obligations, protect trust resources, and obtain tribal views of trust and treaty responsibilities or actions related to the Corps, in accordance with provisions of treaties, laws and executive orders as well as principles lodged in the Constitution of the United States.

GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will ensure that tribal chairs/leaders meet with Corps commanders/leaders and recognize that, as governments, tribes have the right to be treated with appropriate respect and dignity, in accordance with principles of self-determination.

PRE-DECISIONAL AND HONEST CONSULTATION - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will reach out, through designated points of contact, to involve Tribes in collaborative processes designed to ensure information exchange, consideration of disparate viewpoints before and during decision making, and utilize fair and impartial dispute resolution mechanisms.

SELF RELIANCE, CAPACITY BUILDING, AND GROWTH - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will search for ways to involve tribes in programs, projects and other activities that build economic capacity and foster abilities to manage tribal resources while preserving cultural identities.

NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will act to fulfill obligations to preserve and protect trust resources, comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and ensure reasonable access to sacred sites in accordance with published and easily accessible guidance.

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