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Understanding the Government-to-Government Consultation Framework for Agency Activities That Affect Marine Natural Resources in the U.S. Arctic

October 2013

Citation: ELR 10872

Author: Greta Swanson, Kathryn Mengerink, and Jordan Diamond

Alaska Natives work with the federal government in managing resources in the Arctic. Federal consultation with tribes is one of the ways that such cooperative management can be achieved. Existing federal-level policies require consultation with tribes when federal agencies make decisions affecting tribal interests in Alaska. Taking into account the unique circumstances for tribes in Alaska, it is necessary to explore existing consultation policies and procedures, highlighting those that strengthen the underlying framework and how consultation occurs in practice.

Greta Swanson is a Visiting Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute. Kathryn Mengerink is a Senior Attorney and Co-Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute. Jordan Diamond is a Staff Attorney and Co-Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute.

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