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Tribal Relations

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The Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations has been honored with a 2021 Chief's Award in the Applying Knowledge Globally category for improving the tribal consultation process to better meet tribal trust responsibilities.

NEW! Department of Interior Announces Consultation Sessions on the Reconciliation of Derogatory Geographic Names

The list of candidate replacement names under review is available at: Tribal Consultation sessions will be held virtually at the following date and location:

Mountain Time
Date: March 21, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM MT

Pacific Time
Date: March 22, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM PT

Eastern Time
Date: March 23, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET

Apply for the Native Youth Climate Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC)

Seeking groups of 3-5 students, with adult mentor, from any federally recognized tribe of the United States, including those from U.S. territories. Applicants should be rising highschool seniors now in their 11th-grade year.

The one-week, on-site Congress uses open space technology to allow students to create a personalized action plan each year that is relevant to current issues. A mini-grant program provides students with resources for implementing lessons learned once they return back home with the goal of empowering native communities.

For more information, please visit:

Tribal Information Session: Co-developing USDA Forest Service New Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America’s Forests

The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC), Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations (OTR), and Forest Service Wildfire Risk Reduction Infrastructure Team (WRRIT) are hosting an informational session on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding for use in USDA Forest Service fuels and fire risk mitigation work.

Forest Service staff presented a webinar on December 1, 2021 to:

  • Share with interested Tribal governments & staff the context and early framing of a Strategic Implementation Plan for wildfire risk reduction. Identify how the plan relates to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding.
  • Share opportunities for Tribal involvement in implementation of the Plan.
  • Listen to feedback, seek strategies for on-going engagement and identify opportunities for continued discussions in developing the final Strategic Implementation Plan.
  • Feedback will be recorded and reported to agency officials for incorporation into upcoming forums and consultation opportunities scheduled for 2022.

For more information, please see the webinar recording and additional background material.

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Tribal Connections

Tribal Connections is an interactive map that shows the connection between national forests and grasslands, tribal trust lands and tribal lands ceded as part of a treaty. The map is used by the Forest Service as one tool of many to better inform land management decisions.


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.

Last modified: 06:37:34 3-Mar-2022