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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Emergency Connectivity Fund Virtual Training and Listening Session for Tribal Leaders, Staff, and Outreach Partners

The Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy and the Wireline Competition Bureau hosted a virtual listening session for Tribal leaders, staff, and outreach partners on its Emergency Connectivity Fund (Fund) on Tuesday, July 15, 2021.

The interactive, two-hour session identified the entities eligible to apply for financial support from the Fund, how that support can be used, and how to apply. The Fund is a $7.17 billion program established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help schools and libraries support remote learning. The Fund will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of eligible equipment such as laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, and routers as well as broadband services, that can be provided for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons who would otherwise lack sufficient connectivity to engage in remote learning during the pandemic. The Fund is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the Commission's supervision.

The Fund’s initial 45-day application filing window opened on June 29, 2021 and closes on August 13, 2021. During the initial filing window, eligible schools and libraries, and consortia of schools and libraries, can submit requests for funding to make purchases of eligible equipment and services necessary to serve unmet off-campus needs between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

The virtual training and listening session included an overview of the Fund, and was followed by an opportunity for Tribal participants to ask questions and provide feedback based on their experiences with the Fund to date. USAC staff provided an overview of the application process.

The event was recorded and posted on the Commission's YouTube channel.

For questions about the listening session, please send email to Derik Goatson at derik.goatson@fcc.gov.


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.

Thursday, August 5, 2021