Tribal Engagement Roadmap

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service is recognized as a leader among Federal land management agencies in partnering collaboratively with American Indian and Alaska Native governments and indigenous communities. The Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) Deputy Area recognizes that working with tribes and indigenous groups is vital to its mission to develop and deliver knowledge and innovative technology to improve the health and use of the Nation’s forests and grasslands— both public and private.

by USDA Forest Service

According to 2010 Census data, the combined American Indian and Alaska Native population is 5.1 million. Within the United States, 566 federally recognized tribal nations currently exist as sovereign governments. In addition, numerous distinct indigenous groups exist, including those of Pacific Islanders in Hawaii, American Samoa, and Guam. These communities are linked to their local natural resources through centuries of locally relevant experiences and knowledge.

The Forest Service Research and Development Tribal Engagement Roadmap (Tribal Engagement Roadmap) encompasses a wide range of the biological, physical, and social sciences. It aims to guide collaboration across communities and tribal nations to help develop ethical and significant research partnerships. Highlighting tribal engagement opportunities will build the Forest Service R&D staff commitment to the USDA’s government-to-government relationship and trust responsibilities to tribes. It will also encourage joint learning with tribes and indigenous groups on issues of common concern.

Attached document published March 2015

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