Tribal-State Collaboration

The Tribal-State Collaboration Act of 2022 requires certain state agencies to engage in a tribal collaboration process regarding contemplated programs, rules or services that substantially and uniquely affect Maine’s four federally-recognized Indian Tribes or their members.

The DACF Policy linked below governs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s implementation of the Tribal-State Collaboration Act, 5 M.R.S. §§ 11051 et seq. 

The Tribal-State Collaboration Act of 2022 aims to promote respectful, government-to-government dialogue and improve communication between state agencies and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Mi’kmaq Nation, the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and the Penobscot Nation. Staff should interpret and apply the provisions of the law consistent with this purpose. This policy incorporates the Tribal-State Collaboration Agency Guidance of November 29, 2022.

DACF Policy (PDF)

Emily Horton
Tribal and Legistilvative Liason