New York agency adopts consultation policy
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation adopted a consultation policy that will treat tribes on a government-to-government basis.

Commissioner Pete Grannis said the state will consult tribes on air, water and other environmental matters. The policy covers issues on and off reservations.

"It is really good to have a formalized policy," Ken Jock, the environmental division director for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, told The Albany Times-Union.

The policy applies to the seven federally recognized tribes and the two state recognized tribes.

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