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TRIBAL CONSULTATION.

The federal government’s trust responsibility toward sovereign Indian nations dates back to the very beginning of the country. In October 2020, the Trump administration removed the Gray Wolf from the endangered species list without engaging in the required consultation with Indian Country.

 

This action, which the Biden Administration is currently defending in federal court, erodes tribal sovereignty and silences Native voices on an issue that is key to the interests, sacred ceremonies, and culture of many tribal nations.

On September 14, 2021 leaders representing nearly 200 Tribal Nations in the U.S. sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet member, urging her to act on an emergency petition to restore wolves to the Endangered Species List.

The letter, which can be read below, demands that Secretary Haaland honor the federal government’s treaty responsibilities towards Tribal Nations, which includes consulting Native leaders on relisting and delisting measures that are tied to Indigenous land-based religion and culture. 

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) passed a resolution in late June 2021 calling on President Biden to direct his administration to consult with Tribal Nations to reconsider the delisting of the Gray Wolf.

On September 28, 2021, two letters were issued by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs petitioning Secretary Haaland to vacate the Trump delisting rule. These monumental letters were authored by two organizations that represent all 634 Canadian tribes

On October 5, 2021, the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG), an organization led by Laguna Pueblo Governor Wilfred Herrera Jr. that represents every Pueblo Tribe, sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland-- a member of the Laguna Pueblo -- demanding that she grant wolves emergency protections.

Earlier in the summer, the filmmaker Rain (Say Her Name/Somebody's Daughter), released "FAMILY", a direct appeal to Secretary Deb Haaland to reverse President Trump and relist the wolf under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Watch the short film below.