NPM and Tribal Leaders Urge the FCC to Uphold Meaningful Tribal Consultation

DENVER, CO – Consultation between governments is not a new idea. There are always a number of reasons why “meaningful” consultation is important. For the 568 American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages in the United States, meaningful Tribal consultation is about garnering views and preferences, understanding possible unintended consequences of a proposed policy or legislation, or getting views on implementation including costs.

“Increasing the level of transparency improves the quality of policymaking by bringing to bear expertise and alternative perspectives, and identifying unintended effects, practical problems, as well as solutions to the challenges,” explains Loris Taylor, President & CEO of Native Public Media.