25 USC 2411 - Inter-departmental Memorandum of Agreement

(a) In general 
Not later than 120 days after October 27, 1986, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall develop and enter into a Memorandum of Agreement which shall, among other things
(1) determine and define the scope of the problem of alcohol and substance abuse for Indian tribes and their members and its financial and human costs, and specifically identify such problems affecting Indian youth,
(2) identify
(A) the resources and programs of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service, and

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(B) other Federal, tribal, State and local, and private resources and programs,

which would be relevant to a coordinated effort to combat alcohol and substance abuse among Indian people, including those programs and resources made available by this chapter,

(3) develop and establish appropriate minimum standards for each agencys program responsibilities under the Memorandum of Agreement which may be
(A) the existing Federal or State standards in effect, or
(B) in the absence of such standards, new standards which will be developed and established in consultation with Indian tribes,
(4) coordinate the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service alcohol and substance abuse programs existing on October 27, 1986, with programs or efforts established by this chapter,
(5) delineate the responsibilities of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service to coordinate alcohol and substance abuse-related services at the central, area, agency, and service unit levels,
(6) direct Bureau of Indian Affairs agency and education superintendents, where appropriate, and the Indian Health Service service unit directors to cooperate fully with tribal requests made pursuant to section 2412 of this title, and
(7) provide for an annual review of such agreements by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
(b) Character of activities 
To the extent that there are new activities undertaken pursuant to this chapter, those activities shall supplement, not supplant, activities, programs, and local actions that are ongoing on October 27, 1986. Such activities shall be undertaken in the manner least disruptive to tribal control, in accordance with the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.), and local control, in accordance with section 20101 of this title.
(c) Consultation 
The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in developing the Memorandum of Agreement under subsection (a) of this section, consult with and solicit the comments of

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(1) interested Indian tribes,
(2) Indian individuals,
(3) Indian organizations, and
(4) professionals in the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.
(d) Publication 
The Memorandum of Agreement under subsection (a) of this section shall be submitted to Congress and published in the Federal Register not later than 130 days after October 27, 1986. At the same time as publication in the Federal Register, the Secretary of the Interior shall provide a copy of this chapter and the Memorandum of Agreement under subsection (a) of this section to each Indian tribe.
[1] See References in Text note below.