This paper discusses options the Commonwealth could consider when evaluating decision-making processes that affect tribes in Virginia, with the goal of improving communication and collaboration between tribal, state, and local governments; and will highlight key case studies from other states and localities that provide precedents. The following options are based on a framework of free, prior, and informed consent, which emphasizes self-determination and an individual right to pursue economic, social, and cultural development. This framework can be applied to decision making and projects for any topic. Moving forward, government-to-government communication will be key to developing solutions to pressing issues such as building climate change resiliency and other long-term initiatives.
This abstract has been taken from the authors' introduction.
Newcomb, Karly and Sisti, Abigail, "A Study of Tribal Communication Frameworks: Some Approaches to Building Partnerships Between Tribal, State, and Local Governments in Virginia" (2022). Virginia Coastal Policy Center. 69.