Office of the Secretary of the Interior
November 6, 2019
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This position is located with Office of the Secretary of Interior, Office of Federal Acknowledgement in Washington, District of Columbia.
The incumbent evaluates petitions basing decisions on anthropological considerations and firm ethno-historical evidence.

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  • Evaluates petitions of groups seeking Federal acknowledgment as Indian tribes eligible for Federal services as sovereign entities.
  • Independently evaluates petitioner?s claim of continuous historical existence as an Indian tribe and political entity, and makes recommendations for approval or disapproval.
  • Initiates and conducts field research interviews and observations to verify statements in petitions. Holds meetings with governments, archivist, historical societies, newspapers, and other record holding groups.
  • Conducts archival research in local, state, and national record centers and community sources to develop documentation.
  • Identifies, analyzes and interprets the anthropological implications and requirements of Federal laws, regulations, Executive Orders and guidelines as they apply to the Organization.
  • Prepares comments on legislation, reviews legislative reports on proposal affecting the Organization and the acknowledgment process.
  • Conducts special studies, and prepares briefing papers, articles, speeches. Draft decisions and responses to correspondence and appeals. Edits reports.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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