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Tribal Consultation

Federal regulations require agencies to consult with federally-recognized American Indian tribes and nations for certain kinds of projects receiving federal funds or requiring environmental permits.  The federal government’s unique relationship with Indian tribes is embodied in the U.S. Constitution, treaties, court decisions, federal statutes and executive orders. Tribal consultation for MoDOT projects is initiated by and conducted through the Missouri Division of the Federal Highway Administration with tribes on a “government-to-government” basis.  

Agency consultation with tribes is intended to facilitate avoiding or minimizing project impacts to cultural resources that a tribe considers of historical or religious significance. A good way for a tribe to determine if there are any proposed MoDOT projects at or near known cultural sites and/or localities in Missouri that are of cultural/historical significance is to search the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) located at http://www.modot.org/plansandprojects/index.htm.  The STIP is a rolling 5-year plan where each year one year is dropped off and another added.  The easiest way to see if any projects are planned in a culturally sensitive/significant locality is to select the current STIP link; then select the “Map” option in the various districts delineated on the displayed map of Missouri.  If a job number is near one of the culturally sensitive/significant locations one can then go to the “Project Lists” to get a description of that project.  Being early in the planning process this has the greatest opportunity to work to avoid or minimize adverse effects to these culturally sensitive/significant areas.  If at any time a tribe has a concern that a project on the STIP may impact places of significance to their tribe, please notify the MoDOT Historic Preservation Manager, Mike Meinkoth, at michael.meinkoth@modot.mo.gov.

FHWA and MoDOT have communicated with a large number of modern Indian tribes and nations with historical ties to Missouri to identify areas of tribal interest and concern.  To date, 27 federally-recognized Indian Tribes have requested consultation about transportation projects in some portion of Missouri.  These Tribes include the: Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe of Indians, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Kaw Indian Nation of Oklahoma, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, Shawnee Tribe, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, and Wyandotte Nation.

Each tribe has identified specific counties in Missouri that they wish to consult about, which are illustrated in the interactive Missouri county map below.  Scrolling to a county provides a list of specific tribes that have requested to consult about proposed transportation projects in that county.   Additional information about tribal consultation can be obtained by contacting the MoDOT Historic Preservation section.

Click a county below to see Tribal Information pertaining to that location. Map will open in a new window by clicking on the map title.



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