The Agencies consulted with Native American Tribal governments regarding the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).
The Western Area Power Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Agencies) work on a government-to-government basis with Native American Tribes. As a part of the government's Treaty and Trust responsibilities, the government-to-government relationship was formally recognized by the federal government on November 6, 2000, with Executive Order 13175.
The outcome of this PEIS may affect or apply to tribal resources. Therefore, the Agencies will meet their federal requirements to consult with affected tribes throughout the development of the PEIS to jointly evaluate and address the potential effects, if any, of the proposed action. Consultations will be conducted in accordance with Executive Order 13175 "Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments" (65 FR 67249), the President's memorandum of April 29, 1994, "Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments" (59 FR 22961), agency-specific guidance on tribal interactions, and applicable natural and cultural resource laws and regulations (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act).
For More Information
For further information on government-to-government consultation for the Upper Great Plains Wind Energy PEIS, please contact:
Mr. Stephen Tromly, Native American Liaison
Ms. Kim Greenwood, Tribal Liaison