Tribal Relations


NOAA's Tribal Relations Team

NOAA is committed to developing policies and procedures that improve its relations and cooperative activities with Federally-recognized Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis.  NOAA’s Tribal Relations Team works to ensure an accountable process for meaningful and timely consultations on policies with tribal implications.  Please click here for a list of NOAA's Tribal Team Members [PDF].


NOAA opens public comment period on Sec. 4(b) in Executive Order 13795 focused on Natl. Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Natl. Monuments

NOAA is soliciting comments on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments designated or expanded since April 28, 2007, during a 30-day public comment period, which opens June 26, 2017, to assist the Secretary of Commerce in his review under Section 4(b) of the Presidential Executive Order (EO) 13795, Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. There are a total of six National Marine Sanctuaries expanded and five Marine National Monuments designated or expanded since April 28, 2007, that are a part of this review (please see table below).

The Federal Register Notice is now available for public inspection and can be found here. It is also attached below. Should you or your constituents wish to submit comments via this process, you may do so by one of the following methods, identified by docket ID NOAA–NOS–2017-0066:

  • Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

  • Mail:  EO 13795 Review, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring Metro Campus Building 4 (SSMC4), Eleventh Floor, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, 20910

National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments Under Review Pursuant to EO 13795, Sec. 4(b)





Size in Acres

Federal Register Citation

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary …………..





May 24, 2007


72 FR 29,208 (May 24, 2007)

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary ………………....



March 12, 2015


80 FR 13,078 (March 12, 2015)

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary ……….…..



March 12, 2015


80 FR 13,078 (March 12, 2015)

Marianas Trench Marine National Monument ………......

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands/Pacific Ocean


January 6, 2009




74 FR 1,557 (January 12, 2009)

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary ………………..…



November 20, 2008


73 FR 70,488 (November 20, 2008)

National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa …………..

American Samoa


July 26, 2012


77 FR 43,942 (July 26, 2012)

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument ……………..…..

Atlantic Ocean


September 15, 2016


81 FR 65,161 (September 21, 2016)

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument ……..….

Pacific Ocean

Designation; Expansion

January 6, 2009; September 25, 2014


74 FR 1,565 (January 12, 2009); 79 FR 58,645 (September 29, 2014)

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument …………



August 26, 2016


81 FR 60,227 (August 31, 2016)

Rose Atoll Marine National Monument1  ………………....

American Samoa


January 6, 2009


74 FR 1,577 (January 12, 2009)

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary  …. ………………..



September 5, 2014


79 FR 52,960 (September 5, 2014)

1 All of Rose Atoll Marine National Monument is contained within National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.


NOAA Fisheries Releases National Climate Science Strategy

NOAA Fisheries' has released a National Climate Science Strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information in fulfilling NOAA Fisheries’ mission. This and the full report are posted online at The Strategy is part of NOAA Fisheries proactive approach to collect and provide information to resource managers and affected sectors to help them better prepare for and respond to changing climate and ocean conditions. Implementation will help reduce impacts to and increase resilience of marine resources and the many people, businesses and communities that depend on them. While the strategy is focused on strengthening the NOAA Fisheries science enterprise needed to prepare for and respond to a changing climate, NOAA Fisheries depends on many science partners inside and outside of the agency to meet these needs. Input, engagement, and support for the Strategy from science and non-science sectors is critical to its success. In 2015-16, Science Centers and Regional Offices will lead development of Regional Action Plans to implement the Strategy at the regional level over the next 3-5 years. We are committed to working with science and management partners in development of these Regional Action Plans. For more information, please contact Roger Griffis, Climate Change Coordinator at 301-427-8134 or


Tribal Resource Guide to the Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce is pleased to make available the Tribal Resource Guide to the Department of Commerce.  This guide is an important first step in revamping the Department’s work with tribes to spur even greater collaboration with tribes and native business enterprises. In addition, the guide introduces the Secretary's new Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs,  the policy of the Department regarding tribes (which include references to the United States’ trust responsibility to the tribes and native peoples of the United States and the advances tribes have made in the Self-Determination Era), and includes contact information for each of the bureaus’ tribal liaisons in order to make it easier for tribes to interact with the Department. In addition this guide includes working links to other resources (web pages, our tribal consultation policy, etc.) within NOAA and the Department.