Tribal Nations

The Omaha District Tribal Liaison implements DoD and USACE Native American/Alaska Native policies, thereby empowering Tribes so that they are full partners with USACE in resolving water resources issues.

USACE Native-American/Alaska Native Policy Principles are as follows:

  • Tribal sovereignty
  • Trust responsibility
  • Government-to-government relations
  • Pre-decisional consultational
  • Self reliance, capacity building, growth
  • Natural and cultural resource management and protection

Tribal & Cultural Policy & Guidance

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tribal Policy Principles and implementation guidance for the Northwestern Division.
 Repatriation & Reburial of Remains & Cultural Objects
Northwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. William E. Rapp signed two implementation plans on Oct. 31, 2008, that streamline the process of reburial of Native American remains and cultural items within the Northwestern Division region. Those plans are available below.

Tribal Relations During a Flood Fight: During a flood fight, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works with local, state and federal agencies to mitigate the risks associated with high water.


Omaha District meets with state emergency operations centers and Tribes: During the winter of 2012, the Omaha District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers arranged for a series of meetings throughout the upper Missouri River Basin to meet with representatives from state emergency operations centers and Tribes to discuss the potential for flooding in the following year. Realizing that a federal response to a flood involves more than just the Corps, representatives from FEMA and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were invited. The meetings helped to reinforce existing relationships and lay the groundwork for future cooperation.