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U.S. Forest Service Tribal Relations

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Tribal Relations
Tribal Relations

Tribal Relations

Learning Through Listening: Convening with the Navajo Nation. Rural Development and the Navajo Nation convened an economic development workshop. Read more at the USDA blog…
U.S. Forest Service and Alamo Band of Navajo Nation Expand Forest Health and Tribal Employment Partnership. Read more in MyUSDA October 2016, page 6 (PDF)…
NRCS Helps to Keep Native American Traditions Alive. NRCS Soil Conservation Technician Allen Hughes mailed longleaf pine needles to Oregon to be used to weave baskets. Read more at the USDA blog…
The Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station hosted a workshop at the Blodgett Experimental Forest, California, as part of last year’s Native American Research Assistantship Program. Read more at the USDA blog…
A YouTube video documents a partnership of the Kaibab National Forest and the Hopi Tribe to conduct restoration treatments on natural springs while outreaching and training Hopi youth. See the video on the USDA YouTube channel…
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…

Forest Products for Traditional and Cultural Purposes

The USDA Forest Service is implementing regulations under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the ‘‘2008 Farm Bill’’). This rule provides for the provision of trees, portions of trees, or forest
products from National Forest System lands, free of charge, to federally
recognized Indian tribes (Indian tribes) for traditional and cultural purposes. This rule implements section 8105 of the 2008 Farm Bill. This rule is effective October 26, 2016.

Read the Federal Register notice for more information...

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.


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: 16:34:54 15-Dec-2016