Upcoming Event
June 12-13, 2019

About the Office

  • The Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) was established by FCC Order in 2010 to further the Commission's efforts to bring the benefits of modern communications to all Native communities.  ONAP assists the Commission in developing policies and programs to address the lack of adequate communications services on Tribal lands nationwide.  ONAP plans and leads the Commission's outreach to Tribal governments and organizations, with the objective of increasing their awareness of, and participation in, Commission programs and proceedings.  These efforts include disseminating information about Commission initiatives, and ensuring Native views and interests are heard in the decision-making process.  ONAP is also responsible for overseeing the work of the Native Nations Communications Task Force.
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Native Nations Communications Task Force

On October 24, 2018, Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of members to the FCC's renewed Native Nations Communications Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of elected and appointed leaders, or their designees, from a broad cross section of Native Nations, as well as senior staff and decision-makers from across the Commission.

Guidance on Section 106

On March 22, 2018, the Commission adopted a Second Report and Order in the Wireless Infrastructure proceeding (WTB Docket No. 17-79), which clarified and revised its National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review processes relating to the deployment of wireless infrastructure. These changes became effective on July 2, 2018. A summary of the changes and some answers to common questions can be found here.



Tribal Leaders Directory

The following link will take you to the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Leaders Directory website: www.bia.gov/tribal-leaders-directory. There you will find an electronic, map-based, interactive directory of information on each federally recognized Indian Tribe, as well as a separate Excel spreadsheet with the names and contact information of current Tribal leaders, among other information.


Request Tribal Consultation

The ONAP team welcomes opportunities to engage in consultation with federally recognized Tribes, including facilitating consultation between Tribes and other Commission Bureaus and Offices. We also welcome opportunities to engage with intertribal organizations and Tribally owned and/or operated entities. Please use the link below to contact the ONAP team.

Request Tribal Consultation

Contact Us

Send an email to the ONAP Team or call 202-418-2930.

Friday, May 10, 2019