Policies and Guidance


NIH Guidance on Implementation of HHS Tribal Consultation Policy

In 2013, the NIH issued its Guidance on the Implementation of the HHS Tribal Consultation Policy that describes how the agency will consult with and share information with the Indian tribes about planned and current NIH programs relevant to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research. The purpose of the NIH guidance is to facilitate the implementation of the HHS Tribal Consultation Policy. Following the issue of the Tribal Consultation Policy, the Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) was established in September, 2015. The NIH convened its first consultation session on September 21, 2015.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tribal Consultation Policy

In 2004 and updated in 2010, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tribal Consultation Policy was issued. The policy directs HHS divisions to establish a process to ensure accountable, meaningful, and timely input by Tribal officials in the development of policies that have Tribal implications. The policy is applicable to all HHS staff and divisions, including the NIH, and supports President Obama’s national efforts on Tribal Consultation. (See the Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation.)

This page last reviewed on March 11, 2019