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From: Kerrigan, Margo (IHS/CAL)
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 7:59 PM
Subject: Fw: DTLL: Tribal Consultation Policy Evaluation

Dear Tribal Officials,

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is requesting your input into the DHHS Tribal Consultation Policy Evaluation. Please see the attached letter for further instructions. She asks you to forward your remarks to no later than December 7, 2012.

Margo Kerrigan
IHS California Area Office

From: (HHS/IEA)
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 10:34 AM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: DTLL: Tribal Consultation Policy Evaluation

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been a leader in the federal government’s efforts to improve its partnership with tribes. HHS continuously strives to find innovative and meaningful ways to work with you and your communities.  One mechanism to ensure this collaboration is our Tribal Consultation Policy (TCP).  In accordance with that policy, HHS has conducted tribal consultation in a variety of ways over the years, including: conference calls; direct correspondence to tribal leadership; meetings with tribal leadership at the local, area, or national levels; and national and regional consultations.  Tribal leaders have indicated their agreement with current HHS policy, but we are always looking for ways to make improvements. We have mailed copies of this letter to every Tribe as it was sent on October 19, 2012. Attached you will find a letter from Secretary Sebelius asking for your feedback on what is working, what isn’t, and what we can do to improve our activities to ensure meaningful tribal consultation.  This will greatly assist us in our evaluation of the policy.  Here is the link to our current policy for your review:

Please  provide your feedback by submitting your comments by Friday, December 7, 2012. Comments can be sent to: 

Stacey Ecoffey, Principal Advisor for Tribal Affairs
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
US Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave SW Room 620-E
Washington, DC 20201


Please contact Travis Coleman ( for a copy of original attachment that was sent with this email correspondence.  Reference email message sent 11/05/12 Subject: DTLL: Tribal Consultation Policy Evaluation