Funded by a Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grant, Skokomish Tribal Members work to safely capture, collar and release elk.
Across our nation, federally recognized Tribes, Alaska Native villages and Hawaiian and Pacific Island Natives protect and conserve more than 56 million acres of wildlife habitat. More than that, Native Americans have a unique relationship to the land and wildlife we all share.
Native communities across Indian Country are protecting and restoring some of North America’s most vulnerable wildlife. From the Nez Pearce Tribe, who stepped in and played a key role in the recovery of the gray wolf in Idaho, to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s construction and management of the Grey Snow Eagle Rehabilitation House, to the Sauk-Sauk-Suiattle Tribe’s efforts to conserve the North Cascade mountain goat – examples of the great conservation work carried out by Tribes and funded through the Service’s Tribal Wildlife Grant Program are everywhere.
Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is set to begin a new chapter in our agency’s expanding relationships with Native peoples. This week it was my privilege to sign the Service’s new Native American Policy, in a ceremony at the Department of the Interior that included dozens of Service employees and Tribal leaders.