The Secretary of Interior’s Standards and Guidelines definition for consultation: “Consultation means the process of seeking, discussing, and considering the views of others, and, where feasible, seeking agreement with them on how historic properties should be identified, considered, and managed”
Consultation with Tribes are done so with the recognition of Tribal sovereignty. The federal government requires Federal Agencies to interact with tribes on a government-to-government basis. When an Agency reviews information about sites within the area of potential effect of a project, Native American groups are notified to help review potential projects. Consultation between the Agency and the Tribe lasts until the parties resolve adverse effects or until an impasse is reached.
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historic Preservation Office assists in this process. The Tribal Historic Preservation Office helps preserve and protect cultural resources by identifying culturally sensitive areas and works with Agencies to resolve adverse effects that a project could have on cultural resources.