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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Learn About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help eligible families and households struggling to afford internet service as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides the following discounts to eligible households: a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service ($75 per month on qualifying Tribal lands), and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers, subject to a modest co-pay requirement. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the end of the pandemic, whichever is sooner.

Click here https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit for eligibility criteria, application instructions, a consumer outreach toolkit for providers, an informational webinar and more.


Proceeding of Tribal Interest

  • Ex Parte Reform NPRM Summary

    On July 9, 2020, the Commission released an Ex Parte Reform Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (2020 NPRM).  The Commission’s ex parte rules govern when and how outside parties may communicate with the Commission about pending rulemakings and other matters.  The 2020 NPRM proposed, among other things, to alter the rules governing ex parte presentations by federally recognized Indian Tribes to facilitate candid government-to-government discussions and presentations between the Commission and individual Tribes in certain circumstances.  Under the proposed rule, at the Tribe’s  option, neither the topics discussed during the consultation nor the fact that a meeting or presentation occurred or the contents of such a meeting or presentation would need to be publicly disclosed; but the Commission would not be able to rely upon any information from the meeting or presentation in its decision making unless the Tribal government agrees to make the information part of the public record.

    Click here https://www.fcc.gov/document/updating-commissions-ex-parte-rules to obtain a copy of the 2020 NPRM.  You can also review public comments on the 2020 NPRM through the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/, by searching in GC Docket No. 20-221.


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, October 8, 2021