We will work in good faith with Native American tribes on projects that could affect them, and ensure that they have an equal opportunity to participate in the project development process.
Coordination with American Indian tribes on energy infrastructure projects has evolved over the past few years through industry experiences, tribal interactions, agency and governmental actions, and our own attentiveness to addressing their unique concerns and questions regarding energy development.
Our aim is to engage American Indian tribes and to develop robust and lasting working relationships. A variety of different statutes, regulations, executive orders and federal policies dictate the legal requirements for formal tribal government-to-government consultation with federally recognized tribes. Dominion Energy always will respect and comply with these well-established procedures. But we will not stop there.
Our aim is to engage Native tribes and to develop robust and lasting working relationships.
In many areas where Dominion Energy does business, Native American tribes have community, religious and cultural ties that may intersect with company interests. Each tribe has its own laws, procedures and guidelines governing activities on tribal lands and ancestral interests. Dominion Energy’s policy is to engage with tribes in the early stages — and regardless of their federal-recognition status — as part of project outreach and communications.
For Dominion Energy, engagement means more than simply listening to what someone has to say. Whenever a project has the potential to affect the rights or resources of Native people, Dominion Energy will work directly with the tribe to fully understand their concerns, and determine appropriate measures to avoid or minimize our impacts.
To ensure a focus on meaningful tribal outreach, Dominion Energy has a designated advisor role responsible for leading engagement with Native tribes to ensure proactive, consistent efforts across our footprint.