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Tribal Relations

A woman on a boat holds a fish for the camera. Three small brush piles burn along the side of the road as part of the fire restoration initiative. Head shot of Reed Robinson in front of scenic landscape. 3 people huddled around a table examining an oak branch. Screenshot of a virtual signing ceremoney picturing USDA Undersecretary Jim Hubbard, Tulalip Tribes' Chairwoman Gobin, and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Supervisor Jody Weil Representatives from the Santa Fe National Forest and the Pueblo of Jemez having a discussion at a picnic table under a shelter at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor's Office.
The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) been selected as the newest partner of the Forest Service Resource Assistants Program. Now ANSEP students have a promising pathway to careers in federal service. Read more…
The Karuk Tribe and Six Rivers National Forest are working together on the Somes Bar Integrated Fire Project to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes that both mitigate fire risk and conserve culturally significant tree species. Read more…
Reed Robinson has been appointed as Director of the Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations. Meet Robinson as he shares his perspective on Native American Heritage. Read more…
In Arizona, the Forest Service has partnered with tribes to create the Emory oak Collaborative Tribal Restoration Initiative (EOCTRI), a conservation program focused on restoring Emory oak habitat. Read more…
The Forest Service has partnered with the Tulalip Tribes' in the first ever 638 agreement. The 638 authority allows for the agency to work in collaboration with Tribes on common priorities. Read more…
Staff on the Santa Fe National Forest coordinated socially distanced Tribal consultation meetings with the Pueblos of Tesuque and Jemez in New Mexico. Read more about "mask-to-mask" consultation…

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month! November 2020

November marks the observance and celebration of American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. See the White House Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2020. Smithsonian magazine details the true history behind the U.S. Army’s most integrated World War II unit.

NEW! Final Rule for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Procedures

Forest Service is hosting a Tribal information-sharing webinar on the Agency's final NEPA rule. More information on the final rule is available at:

Webinar Details:
Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET
Entry Link: Microsoft Teams Meeting

For more details, please see the webinar flyer.

National Phasing Programmatic Agreement Consultation Extension

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is extending the current consultation period on the proposed National Phasing Programmatic Agreement (PA), drafted in accordance with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The current 45-day consultation period ending Friday November 20th, 2020 is now extended until December 4th 2020 to provide parties more time to review the draft PA.

To see the draft agreement and other supporting documents, please see the consultation webpage.

Locatable Minerals Proposed Regulations Updates

Forest Service staff will present a webinar to:

  • Provide an overview of the proposed revisions to the Locatable Minerals regulations at 36 CFR 228 Subpart A
  • Discuss how to submit comments
  • Discuss how to engage in Tribal consultation

Webinar Details:
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET
Dial-In: 1-213-493-7443
Access Code: 910 983 490#
Entry Link: Microsoft Teams Meeting

For more details and schedule information, see the webinar flyer. See the executive summary for a brief overview of the proposed update.

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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: 12:40:32 23-Nov-2020