About the Office

The FCC's Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) serves as Commission's catalyst to help improve the level of broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast deployment throughout Indian country. 

Established by FCC Order in 2010 as a recommendation of the National Broadband Plan, ONAP's mission is to "bring the benefits of a modern communications infrastructure to all Native communities by, among other things, ensuring robust government-to-government Consultation with Federally-recognized Tribal governments and other native organizations; working with Commissioners, Bureaus, and Offices, as well as with other government agencies and private organizations, to develop and implement policies for assisting native communities; and ensuring that Native concerns and voices are considered in all relevant Commission proceedings and initiatives."

The ONAP team accomplishes its mission through these primary work streams:

  • Represent the FCC in government-to-government consultation with sovereign Tribal nations.
  • Leverage our understanding of Indian Country to work with other Bureaus and Offices around the FCC to craft policies that improve deployment and bring investment to Tribal lands.
  • Conduct regional and national Tribal consultation and training workshops to help build understanding and knowledge of FCC policies which can help spur deployment on Tribal lands, partner with other Federal agencies to bring resources to support deployment, and enhance technical knowledge and skills in Indian Country.

About Telecommunications Deployment on Tribal Lands

Approximately 63 percent of Tribal land residents lack access to fixed broadband speeds of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload, as compared to only 17 percent of the U.S. population as a whole. The disparity is even higher for residents of Tribal lands in rural areas, with approximately 85 percent lacking access according to the 2015 Broadband Progress Report

 

 
Upcoming Events
 
July 20, 2017

The Many Nations Longhouse at the University of Oregon, Eugene
See "Spotlight" on this page for more information. E-mail questions to OregonConsultation@fcc.gov

July 24, 2017

The Broken Arrow Branch of the Tulsa City County Library
See "Spotlight" on this page for more information. E-mail questions to TulsaConsultation@fcc.gov

July 25, 2017

The Burlington Branch of the Knox County Public Library
See "Spotlight" on this page for more information. E-mail questions to KnoxvilleConsultation@fcc.gov

Recent Event
 
June 8, 2017

Tribal Consultation with Chairman Pai on Wireless Infrastructure
Sinte Gleska University - Rosebud Sioux Reservation

Spotlight

Tribal Consultations

The Office of Native Affairs and Policy and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will host in-person Tribal consultations focusing on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment, WT Docket No. 17-79.  The NPRM/NOI seeks comment on, among other issues, the historic preservation and Tribal review processes currently required to deploy wireless facilities.

July 20, 2017 - The Many Nations Longhouse at the University of Oregon, Eugene

The session will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Many Nations Longhouse at the University of Oregon, Eugene.  The Longhouse is located at 1630 Columbia St., Eugene, OR 97403.  Prior to the group session, the Commission will be holding one-on-one meetings with attending FCC Staff from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  These meetings will be held in 20 minute increments and will be made available strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.  To RSVP or to request a one-on-one meeting, please send an e-mail containing your name, your Tribal affiliation, and your Tribal government position to OregonConsultation@fcc.gov

July 24, 2017 - The Broken Arrow Branch of the Tulsa City County Library

The session will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Broken Arrow Branch of the Tulsa City County Library.  The Broken Arrow Branch is located at 300 W. Broadway Ave., Broken Arrow, OK  74012.  Prior to the group session, the Commission will be holding one-on-one meetings with attending FCC Staff from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  These meetings will be held in 20 minute increments and will be made available strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.  To RSVP or to request a one-on-one meeting, please send an e-mail containing your name, your Tribal affiliation, and your Tribal government position to TulsaConsultation@fcc.gov.

July 25, 2017 - The Burlington Branch of the Knox County Public Library

The session will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Burlington Branch of the Knox County Public Library.  The Burlington Branch is located at 4614 Asheville Highway, Knoxville, TN  37914.  Prior to the group session, the Commission will be holding one-on-one meetings with attending FCC Staff from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  These meetings will be held in 20 minute increments and will be made available strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.  To RSVP or to request a one-on-one meeting, please send an e-mail containing your name, your Tribal affiliation, and your Tribal government position to KnoxvilleConsultation@fcc.gov.

 


Contact Us

Non-Tribal entities should use this link to contact the ONAP team on any matter pertaining to the FCC's work with Native nations.

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Request Tribal Consultation

The ONAP team welcomes opportunities to engage in Consultation with Federally recognized Tribes, intertribal organizations and other Tribally owned and/or operated entities.  We invite opportunities to be forwarded at the link, below.

Request Tribal Consultation

 

Proceedings of Tribal Interest

 

Updated: 
Thursday, July 6, 2017