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Tribal Relations

Dr. Frank Lake has received the Pacific Southwest Research Station Director’s 2019 Honor Award for his inclusion of indigenous resource management practices. Read more about Lake's work…
Adolph Samora, one of the original members of the Taos Pueblo Snowball crew responsible for the rescue of Smokey Bear. Read more about the Taos Pueblo Snowball Crew…
Many guests gathered on December 10, 2019, to celebrate the Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) Director Fred Clark’s retirement. Read more about Fred Clark's retirement…
Tongass National Forest Supervisor M. Earl Stewart and Ketchikan Indian Community President Norman Skan shake hands after signing a Memorandum of Understanding on November 18, 2019. Read more…
Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Conserve Culturally Significant Plants. White oak baskets at Qualla Arts and Crafts, a Native American cooperative in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Read more…
Building Relationships on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. MOU signing ceremony in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Read more about building relationships…

Cultural and Heritage Cooperation Authority Technical Guide Available Online

Originating in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Cultural and Heritage Cooperation Authority legislation – unique to the Forest Service – expands Forest Service authority to manage reburials of remains repatriated to Tribes; institute temporary closures for traditional and ceremonial uses; provide free use of trees, portions of trees, or forest products to federally-recognized Indian tribes for traditional and cultural purposes; and exempt from FOIA certain requests for information that Tribes consider confidential.

Read the Cultural and Heritage Cooperation Authority Technical Guide...

Community Forest and Open Space Webinar Recording

A Tribal information webinar was held September 19, 2019, to provide an overview of the Community Forest Program and the current Request for Applications; to share information about the Hall Mountain Community Forest with Tommy Cabe, forester with the Cherokee Nation; and, to answer questions.

National Historic Preservation Act Phasing Programmatic Agreement Webinar Recordings

Tribal information webinars were held over the week of August 26, 2019, to provide an overview of the proposed National Phasing Programmatic Agreement, how to submit comments, and how to engage in Tribal consultation.

Tribes are being engaged to provide input on the proposed National Phasing Programmatic Agreement. This is the Consultation Package:

Please send any comments or questions to or your local forest representative.

See more past news, events, and webinars...

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.

Current Collaboration & Consultation

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