ABOR Tribal Consultation Policy & UArizona Guidelines


ABOR 1-118 functions as the highest level of authority, outlining ABOR's expectations and requirements when engaging with Native Nations, by recognizing fundamental principles of tribal sovereignty, consultation, and respect.  When collaborating in research and institutional engagements with Native Nations, the University of Arizona community, including its students, administrators, faculty, and staff, is required to abide by and uphold all elements of the ABOR policy.  For the complete ABOR policy, see <ABOR Tribal Consultation Policy>.


ABOR 1-118 requires that all human and non-human research projects, including both unfunded and funded sponsored projects, University of Arizona Foundation initiatives, contracts, intra-university agreements, and other instruments related to tribal engagement must be supported by documented evidence of consultation and approval (ABOR 1-118 B(2)(b)).  In compliance with ABOR's policy, the University of Arizona has established guidelines regarding consultation. For the complete UArizona guidelines, see <UArizona Consultation Guidelines>.

RDI requires the principal investigator or project director to collect and retain documentation of consultation indicating approval from the Native Nation prior to any research or engagement. Authorizations may include letters or electronic communications of support or approval, requests for assistance or engagement, memorandum of agreement or understanding, tribal resolutions, contracts, research or ethnographic permits, crossing permits, special use permits or other forms of agreement or consultation. These consultative documents are subject to compliance review on request. Please review the University's data storage and retention policy. 

The following is a list of University of Arizona research or institutional engagement activities where documentation of consultation and approval is required:

  • The research or institutional engagement targets Native Americans for enrollment or participation and takes place in Indian Country or Alaska Native homelands, and/or on land under the control or jurisdiction of a sovereign tribe; or
  • Human research is conducted in Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities or involving IHS staff or resources; or
  • The research or institutional engagement involves participation by members of a sovereign tribe and may foreseeably result in research results with implications specific to a tribe or to individuals as members of a tribe; or
  • Any research or institutional engagement involving human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, objects of cultural patrimony that are subject to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; or
  • The research involves human subjects, including genetic testing or testing of blood, tissue, or other biological materials if the individual's membership in or affiliation with a tribe is identified, and that is intended to or may foreseeably result in conclusions or generalizations about a tribe or individuals as members of the tribe.

A determination also needs to be made whether the project is human research requiring IRB approval.   Procedures and required documentation including the "Determination of Human Research" form can be found on the HSPP website.

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