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Tribal Relations

Government-to-Government: Working with Oregon's Tribes

Oregon was the first state to pass a state-tribal government-to-government relations law. In 2001, Senate Bill 770 (SB 770) established a framework for communication between state agencies and tribes. Effective government-to-government communication increases our understanding of tribal and agency structures, policies, programs, and history. These state and tribe relations inform decision makers in both governments and provides an opportunity to work together on shared interests.

The state statute created from SB 770 is ORS 182.162-168, state agencies followed Executive Order EO-96-30. This order, established in 1996, defined a process to "assist in resolving potential conflicts, maximize key inter-governmental relations, and enhance an exchange of ideas and resources for the greater good of all of Oregon's citizens." Agencies responded to the executive order by presenting interest statements to the Governor and tribal government. In 1997, DLCD presented its interest statement at the first annual meeting between state and tribal governments.

DLCD’s Tribal Liaison program is anchored by our agency policies 06-01 (Local and Tribal Government Communication Policy) and 07-02 (Policy on Government to Government Relations with Oregon Tribes).

Today, the department actively participates in government-to-government work groups to discuss land use planning and tribal related activities. DLCD notifies tribal governments of land use grant opportunities and regional land use projects that may be of interest. The agency also invites tribes to participate in relevant rulemaking activities. For more specific information about DLCD tribal activities, please see the annual reports provided below.

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Other Tribal Resources

Legislative Commission on Indian Services

Archaeological Sites

Native American burial sites are not simply pieces of the tribe's cultural past, but are considered sacred and represent a continuing connection with their ancestors. Native American remains and related cultural objects are protected under state law with potential criminal penalties. These items must be treated in a sensitive and respectful manner.

If you discover Native American remains, or potential Native American artifacts, see the Legislative Commission on Indian Services website for archaeological information and instructions.


Brenda Bateman, Ph.D.
Director and Key Contact
Phone: 971-701-0213

Kirstin Greene
Deputy Director and Alternate Key Contact
Phone: 971-701-1584