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Tribal Relations

The Forest Service values the traditional knowledge natural resources so richly engrained in Native American and Alaskan Native culture. Their ancient cultures, traditions, and knowledge help the agency in making effective land and resource management decisions that conserve the environment for generations We want to partner in support of tribal sovereignty, self-governance, and self-determination, as well as the Forest Service's land management mission.

One of the primary responsibilities of the Tribal Relations program is to ensure that consultation with area tribes is conducted according to federal law and Forest Service policy. (

Agency Goals

A picture of Tribal leaders consultation on the Kaibab National Forest

      • Provide Tribes equal opportunity and access to Forest Service programs.
      • Eliminate barriers to Tribal participation.
      • Improve overall knowledge of Tribe and Tribal cultures.
      • Develop partnerships and accomplish common goals in accordance with the Forest Service mission, the National Tribal implementation team report, and Regional priorities.

      Cultural Heritage

      Members of Ute Tribe  wear traditional dress

      In working with Tribes, the Forest Service will:
      • Redeem its trust responsibility and protects American Indian and Alaska Native reserved rights as they pertain to agency programs, projects, and policies.
      • Leverage partnerships with Tribes to maximize mutual success.
      • Promote integration and utility of the Tribal Relations Program throughout the agency.
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