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Tribal Consultation

In keeping with Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, APHIS provides opportunities for Tribes to participate in policy development to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law.  Each Tribe has the opportunity for timely and meaningful government-to-government consultation with APHIS in developing policies that may have Tribal implications.  Such policies that could have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian Tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes.  “Substantial direct effects” means positive, neutral, or negative effects and potential effects that APHIS or the Tribes see as significant.

Ongoing/Recent APHIS Issues for Tribal Consultation

Carcass Management Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

APHIS is preparing an EIS that examines the potential environmental effects of various carcass management options used throughout the United States.  Outreach to Tribes has included a teleconference as well as correspondence with individual Tribal members.  Comments on the draft EIS were due December 26, 2013; they are currently under review.   Concurrently, APHIS is drafting sections of the EIS.  APHIS expects to complete a draft document and publish a Notice of Availability of a draft EIS by September 2014.  More details on this EIS may be found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/native_american/downloads/carcass_management.pdf.

Feral Swine Damage Management Environmental Impact Statement
APHIS is in the final stages of preparing a draft EIS, which is expected to be available to the public for review and comments in fall 2014.

Asian Longhorned Beetle Environmental Impact Statement
A Notice of Intent to prepare this EIS was open for comment through September 30, 2013.  APHIS received 27 comment letters during the 45-day scoping period.  Issues and concerns identified by the public and Tribal contacts include impacts to maple syrup producers, ecosystems, and wildlife.  APHIS has reviewed the comments and is now drafting the EIS.  Once a draft EIS is completed, it will be made available to the public for comment.

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