The primary stakeholders for this program are the governments and staff members of Native American Tribes that contain rangelands in the U.S.
The Intertribal Agriculture Council conducts a wide range of programs designed to further the goal of improving Indian Agriculture. The IAC promotes the Indian use of Indian resources and contracts with federal agencies to maximize resources for tribal members. The Intertribal Agriculture Council is working with the NRCS in an effort to further enhance the stewardship of Native American lands by providing improved access to conservation planning technical assistance, management resources, and useful land stewardship tools.
A national Native American non-profit organization, the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society serves as a communication medium for self-determined Native American fish and wildlife managers. They serve in the facilitation and coordination of inter-tribal communication in regards to fish and wildlife matters, including issues with treaty rights, court cases related to fish and wildlife, and hunting and fishing regulations.
Established in 1976, the Intertribal Timber Council is a nonprofit nation-wide consortium of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and individuals dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities. The ITC works cooperatively with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), private industry, and academia to explore issues and identify practical strategies and initiatives to promote social, economic and ecological values while protecting and utilizing forests, soil, water, and wildlife.
The Society for Range Management is the professional scientific society and conservation organization whose members are concerned with studying, conserving, managing and sustaining the varied resources of the rangelands which comprise nearly half the land in the world. The Native American Rangelands Advisory Committee helps to facilitate a relationship that supports Tribal efforts in rangeland conservation.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides conservation programs and technical services to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Tribal governments. This is done through 45 full-time and 30 part-time field offices on Indian lands and through numerous other field offices located off of Indian lands.
The US Forest Service aims to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Office of Tribal Relations supports meaningful and significant collaboration and consultation with Tribes across all program areas. The Office of Tribal Relations is committed to help increase opportunities for Tribes to benefit from the Forest Service programs and to help the Forest Service benefit from input from Tribes, in support of Tribal Sovereignty, self-governance, and self-determination, as well as Forest Service goals such as adaptation and mitigation of climate change.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) mission is to: “… enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.” The Division of Natural Resources provides coordination, management, planning, oversight, and monitoring for development and protection of trust natural resources, protection of Indian water rights, water development projects, litigation support, attorneys fees, and fish and wildlife resources.
The USDA Climate Hubs are a unique collaboration across the Department’s agencies with a vision of achieving robust and healthy agricultural production and natural resources under increasing climate variability and climate change. The Climate Hubs’ mission is to enable agricultural and natural resource managers to make climate-informed decision-making. To do this, the Hubs develop and deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies, in collaboration with USDA agencies and partners. They also provide access to assistance programs that agricultural and natural resource managers can use to implement those decisions.
What does it take to be a partner?
- Your organization/agency is involved (to any extent) with tribal rangelands (including education and outreach);
- You share interesting projects that you are doing on tribal rangelands to help strengthen other tribes;
- You help provide us with important calendar events for those related to tribal rangelands; and
- You help us spread the word!
To join our partnership, please contact Diana Doan-Crider.