The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has adopted the the following Tribal Policy Principles:
- Tribal Sovereignty
- Trust Responsibility
- Government-to-government relations
- Pre-decisional consultation
- Self reliance, capacity building and growth
- Natural and Cultural Resources management and protection
USACE established these principles upon those outlined in the Constitution and treaties, as well as those established by Federal laws, regulations and Executive Orders, which continue to guide our national policy towards Tribal Nations.
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers acts to fulfill obligations to preserve and protect trust resources, comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and ensure reasonable access to sacred sites.
Among these efforts is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Natural Resources and Cultural Resources program.
USACE searches for ways to involve Tribes in programs, projects and other activities that build economic capacity and manage Tribal resources while preserving cultural identities through collaborative processes designed to ensure information exchange, consideration of disparate viewpoints before and during decision making, and utilize fair and impartial dispute resolution.
USACE works to meet trust obligations, protect trust resources, and obtain Tribal views of trust and treaty responsibilities.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has lasting and positive relations with many tribal governments. All USACE Commands adhere to principles of respect for Tribal governments and honor our Nation's trust responsibility.