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Oregon Agriculture

​​The Oregon Department Agriculture is committed to a positive working relationship with Oregon’s nine-federally recognized Indian tribes. ODA will work with tribes to understand and address tribal interests related to ODA’s mission and statutory authorities. ​


The State of Oregon and Nine Federally-Recognized Tribes Forge a Path Forward

Journal of Northwest Anthropology, Volume 55, Number 1, Spring 2021. Includes a series of articles on consultation and collaboration in regard to cultural resources between the State of Oregon and Oregon’s nine federally-recognized Tribes. Journal of Northwest Anthropology, Volume 55, Number 1

Relationship of State Agencies with Indian Tribes

In 1996, Executive Order 96-30 formally established government-to-government relations between the State of Oregon and the nine federally recognized Indian Tribes that reside within Oregon’s borders. Oregon Revised Statute (ORS 182.162 - 182.168)

Oregon Department of Agriculture Government-to-Government Relations Policy Statement

Document helps to establish a policy on government-to-government relations between the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon’s federally recognized tribes. Policy statement

Oregon Department of Agriculture Government-to-Government Annual Reports

Per ORS 182.166(3), a summary report of the government-to-government interactions with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes by program area. Government-to-Government 2022 Annual Report
Government-to-Government 2021 Annual Report
Government-to-Government 2020 Annual Report

Office of the Governor: Executive Order No. 17-12

The order establishes a task force that will determine the most appropriate steps for establishing workable strategies for the return of cultural items from state public institutions and agencies to associated Oregon tribes. Executive Order No. 17-12

Legislative Commission on Indian Services

Includes information on the commission, the nine tribes of Oregon, key contact information, Government to Government, and more. Legislative Commission on Indian Services

Land Acknowledgement Guidance

Information about land acknowledgement from the Legislative Commission on Indian Services. Land Acknowledgement Guidance document

Helping Them Home: The need to Return Artifacts and Sacred Objects to Native American Tribes

A video that covers the importance of returning sacred objects or artifacts in private collections, to the appropriate tribe. It covers why it is the right thing to do, and why it is important to tribes. Helping Them Home video




Christina Higby
Citizen Advocate Liaison
635 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-510-4907