"Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], hereby establishes a Native American consultation policy/plan with American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages and Native American organizations, including Native Hawaiian and Native American Pacific Islanders. Where appropriate, ACF [Administration for Children and Families] will also consult with other eligible Native American entities such as urban Indian centers; tribally controlled community colleges; Alaska Native Regional Corporations and others as defined in program guidance. This policy is a living document that encourages ongoing comments from Indian Country and the Native American community. It was developed based upon: 1) Input of all programs within ACF, many of which already consult with Tribes and Native American communities/organizations. 2) Input from Tribes and communities to ensure a consultation policy that reflects the goals of all partners involved. As recommended in Secretary Shalala's memorandum of August 7, 1997 to the heads of Operating Divisions and Staff Divisions, the guidelines provided by the HHS Working Group on Consultation with American Indians and Alaska Natives serve as the framework for the ACF Policy and Plan."
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