Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Cultural Orientation and Working with Tribal Governments

Tribal leaders at a meeting

Leadership and Decision-making

Tribal traditions often require that tribal leaders deliberate extensively and consider the long-term consequences of their decisions. This responsibility to consider the impacts of decisions on future generations may contrast with the time frames federal agencies are accustomed to considering. Furthermore, tribal governing bodies may meet to deliberate at set times of the year, and federal employees should be aware of these schedules in order to provide adequate time for tribal decision-making.

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