About the Office

  • The Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) was established by FCC Order in 2010 to further the Commission's efforts to bring the benefits of modern communications to all Native communities. ONAP assists the Commission in developing policies and programs to address the lack of adequate communications services on Tribal lands nationwide. ONAP plans and leads the Commission's outreach to Tribal governments and organizations, with the objective of increasing their awareness of, and participation in, Commission programs and proceedings. These efforts include disseminating information about Commission initiatives, and ensuring Native views and interests are heard in the decision-making process. ONAP is also responsible for overseeing the work of the Native Nations Communications Task Force.
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The FCC Seeks Applications for Vacancies on the Native Nations Communications Task Force

The FCC is seeking Tribal applications to fill three vacancies on the current Native Nations Communications Task Force. The Task Force was created to provide an effective way for Tribal leaders to exchange ideas and develop recommendations to the Commission on the availability of communications facilities and services – including broadband – on Tribal lands, among other things.

New members selected by the Acting Chairwoman of the Commission to fill the vacancies will serve through the end of the Task Force’s current term, which runs through October 24, 2022.

Applicants must be elected leaders from federally recognized Tribal governments or governmental entities (e.g., Tribal utility commissions), or their designated employees. Detailed information about eligibility to serve on the Task Force, the obligations of its members, and the application process can be found in the Public Notice available at:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-extends-native-nations-comms-task-force-application-deadline.

The FCC has extended the deadline to submit applications. They must be received by the Commission no later than September 27, 2021. Please follow the application procedures outlined below. No specific application form is required, but each application must include the following information:

  • Name and Tribal government position of applicant
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address and/or e-mail address
  • A brief description of the applicant’s areas of expertise and qualifications to serve on the Task Force

Applicants who are a "designated employee" must also identify by name and position the elected Tribal officer on whose behalf the employee would be acting and must include a letter from that officer designating the applicant to represent them on the Task Force.

All applications should be submitted by email to native@fcc.gov. If it is not possible to submit the required information through email, please contact Janet Sievert at (202) 418-1362 to determine another method of delivery.

Learn About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford service during the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide a discount of up to $75 per month for eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Find more information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit and how to apply here.


Tribal Leaders Directory

The following link will take you to the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Leaders Directory website: www.bia.gov/tribal-leaders-directory. There you will find an electronic, map-based, interactive directory of information on each federally recognized Indian Tribe, as well as a separate Excel spreadsheet with the names and contact information of current Tribal leaders, among other information.


Request Tribal Consultation

The ONAP team welcomes opportunities to engage in consultation with federally recognized Tribes, including facilitating consultation between Tribes and other Commission Bureaus and Offices. We also welcome opportunities to engage with intertribal organizations and Tribally owned and/or operated entities. Please use the link below to contact the ONAP team.

Request Tribal Consultation

Contact Us

Send an email to the ONAP Team or call 202-418-2930.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021