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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.  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.  The kinds of projects that may require tribal consultation include large corridor environmental studies, projects affecting or located near significant prehistoric archaeological sites, and especially projects that may impact prehistoric human burials or mortuary sites. 

The federal government’s unique relationship with Indian tribe is embodied in the U.S. Constitution, treaties, court decisions, federal statutes, and executive orders. The United States acknowledges federally recognized Indian tribes as sovereign nations; thus, their interaction takes place on a “government-to-government” basis.  Tribal consultation for MoDOT projects is initiated by and conducted through the Missouri Division of the Federal Highway Administration.  

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, 23 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, 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, 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, and Wyandotte Nation.

Each Tribe has identified specific counties in Missouri and the age of archaeological remains that they wish to consult about.  The tribal responses 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 and the age of archaeological remains that Tribe is concerned about.   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.


Iowa Tribes¹ Refers to both the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and the Iowa Tribe of
Oklahoma (both have similar areas of interest)
Sac & Fox Tribes² Refers to all three Sac and Fox Tribes including the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (all three have similar areas of interest)

St. Charles and
St. Louis Counties and
St. Louis City

1. Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma (All Years)
2. Delaware Nation of Oklahoma (All Years)
3. Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (All years)
4. Iowa Tribes1 (All Years)
5. Kaw Indian Nation of Oklahoma (AD 1400 - 1900)
6. Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas (AD 1752 - 1830)
7. Miami Tribe of Oklahoma (pre - 1846)
8. Osage Nation (All Years)
9. Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma (All Years)
10. Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (All Years)
11. Quapaw Tribe of Indians (All Years)
12. Sac and Fox Tribes2 (mid 1700s - mid 1800s)



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