In 2012, the Nation submitted to the Department of the Interior a request to enter into a Title IV Self-Governance Compact, and from that request the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Office of Self-Governance was estab-lished. The Title IV Compact replaces the default Bureau of Indian Affairs 96-638 self-determination contract and allows for greater tribal autonomy.
Overarching, the Compact creates administrative freedom and the framework for the Nation to implement self-determined decision making pursuant to our sovereign authority. The Compact also grants the Nation the power to choose, make decisions, and determine our own destiny and future, providing equal footing in government-to-government negotiations and relationships.
Fundamentally, self-governance promotes the inherent and legal sovereignty of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation.
Functionally, the Office of Self-Governance advise the administration and the Council, serves as the point of contact and facilitates government-to-government relationships and negotiations, executes initiatives that promote the advancement of tribal sovereignty, and ensures the success of tribally identified goals.