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On November 29, 2022, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael L. Connor signed guidance for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tribal Partnership Program. This new guidance directs that the TPP shall be implemented more broadly to include projects that are not typically considered water resources development projects. It also directs that consideration of the breadth of environmental, social, and economic benefits provided will be considered in project development, including those identified by Tribal Nations to deliver projects that substantially benefit Tribal Nations. The guidance also provides that the USACE will use Tribal expertise and Indigenous Knowledge to the maximum extent. The interim guidance will be incorporated into the broader effort of developing comprehensive guidance for the TPP to ensure transparency and a common understanding of the TPP and the benefits it can provide to Tribal Nations. The TPP guidance can be found here: Tribal Partnership Program Guidance.pdf [PDF - 137.9 KB].