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Tribal Relations
Tribal Relations

Tribal Relations

Honoring my Teachers, Sharing Traditions on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Arthur “Butch” Blazer and Smokey with a group of San Carlos Apache Reservation fourth graders. Read more…
Ted Catton has published a new book, American Indians and National Forests, the result of a contract through the Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations. Read more about the new book…
Navajo Nation Highlights the Value of the Environmental Justice. Arthur "Butch" Blazer and colleagues on a tour of Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. Read more at the USDA blog…
Tribal Connections is an interactive mapping tool that shows how lands managed by the agency connect or overlap with current tribal trust lands and lands tribes exchanged with the federal government prior to 1900. Visit Tribal Connections…
Gardens bring Learning to Life in North Dakota Tribal Community. The Cannon Ball Elementary School Garden on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. Read more at the USDA blog…
Opportunities for Native Youth Available through APHIS's Safeguarding Natural Heritage Program. Read more at the USDA blog…

Tribal Relations Directives

The Forest Service Manual (FSM 1560) and Handbook (FSH 1509.13) revision has been completed. These directives were published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2016. For more information, see these directives on our Authorities web page; or, you may contact the Office of Tribal Relations at or 202-205-1514.

Tribal Forest Protection Act Workshop

The Forest Service and the Intertribal Timber Council are presenting a workshop to assist tribes developing Tribal Forest Protection Act proposals. The workshop will be held in Sacramento, California, on May 24-26, 2016. For further information, contact Jessica Robertson, Forest Service Forest Management, at 202-302-1193 or You may also contact Stephanie Lucero, Workshop Coordinator, at 916-628-1042 or The Intertribal Timber Council maintains a web page for Tribal Forest Protection Act activities and products.


The Forest Service is recognized as a leader among Federal land management agencies in partnering appropriately and collaboratively with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal governments and communities for mutually beneficial outcomes.

Current Collaboration & Consultation

Last modified: 13:55:45 22-Apr-2016