FirstNet respects the nation-to-nation relationship that exists between federally recognized Indian tribes and the United States government. In partnership with the Public Safety Advisory Committee’s Tribal Working Group, FirstNet adopted this tribal consultation policy to establish a foundation for honoring tribal sovereignty, accompanied by productive communications, consideration, and engagement with tribal governments surrounding the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

This policy is independent of and implemented separately from FirstNet’s consultation requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (“NHPA”), as amended. The NHPA and its implementing regulations require federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on resources of historical significance, including those of traditional religious and cultural importance to Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations, and prescribes a specific consultation process for those purposes.