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Aug. 20-21, 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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2.5 GHz Tribal Priority Window

On July 10, 2019, the Commission adopted a Report and Order transforming the way Educational Broadband Services (EBS) spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band is licensed and used, including the creation of a Tribal priority filing window for new spectrum licenses over rural Tribal lands.   The Report and Order can be found here.

Native Nations Communications Task Force

The FCC seeks nominations for vacancies on the Native Nations Communications Task Force. Information about the function of the Task Force, who is eligible to be nominated, and procedures to submit a nomination can be found at Members appointed by the Chairman of the Commission to fill the vacancies will serve through the end of the Task Force's current three-year term, which runs through October 2021. 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.



Tribal Leaders Directory

The following link will take you to the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Leaders Directory website: 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.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019