United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Sep 24, 2023
The Secretary shall maintain in the Office of the Secretary an Office of Tribal Relations, which shall advise the Secretary on policies related to Indian tribes and carry out such other functions as the Secretary considers appropriate.
The term “Indian tribe” has the meaning given the term in section 5304 of title 25.
The term “tribal organization” has the meaning given the term in section 5304 of title 25.
The Secretary shall establish an advisory committee, to be known as the Tribal Advisory Committee (referred to in this subsection as the “Committee”) to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary on matters relating to Tribal and Indian affairs.
The Committee shall facilitate, but not supplant, government-to-government consultation between the Department of Agriculture (referred to in this subsection as the “Department”) and Indian tribes.
To the maximum extent feasible, the Secretary shall ensure that the members of the Committee represent a diverse set of expertise on issues relating to geographic regions, Indian tribes, and the agricultural industry.
No member of the Committee shall be an officer or employee of the Federal Government.
The first 3 appointments by the Secretary under paragraph (3)(A)(i) shall be for a 2-year term.
Any vacancy in the Committee shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment not more than 90 days after the date on which the position becomes vacant.
The Committee shall meet in person not less than twice each year.
Not fewer than 1 representative from the Office of Tribal Relations of the Department shall be present at each meeting of the Committee.
The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior (or a designee) shall be present at each meeting of the Committee.
The individuals described in clauses (ii) and (iii) shall be nonvoting representatives at meetings of the Committee.
Members of the Committee shall be compensated at a rate equal to the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5 for each day (including travel time) during which the member is engaged in the performance of the duties of the Committee.