Tribal Relations

Twenty-one federally recognized Native American tribes have notified TVA that they have a cultural and historical interest in the Tennessee Valley.

TVA consults with these tribes on projects that could impact Native American cultural sites.  TVA works with these tribes as part of our compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (see laws).

TVA has an important responsibility to manage and protect Native American artifacts, human remains and traditional cultural places. Native American tribes play an invaluable role in the management of these resources. TVA recognizes the importance of continuing to build relationship and create new partnerships with tribes.

TVA hosted its first TVA-Native American Consultation Workshop in 2002, and began a dialogue with representatives of several tribes to improve the consultation process. TVA held additional tribal consultation workshops in 2007, 2012 and 2017 to continue the exchange of ideas and concerns, to discuss current efforts and plans and to strengthen relationships. TVA continues to hold these important stakeholder meetings.

Learn more about these tribes by visiting their websites: