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This web page is provided as a service to Tribes. Information is compiled from many sources. The information and opinions from sources other than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Service. For additions or corrections to tribal "Tracks" news: contact Ivy Allen, Phone: 303-236-4575, Email: Ivy_Allen@fws.gov.

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Register Now for Eagle Summit III on March 20


FWS Tribal Communication Specialist, Ivy Allen


The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are co-hosting an Eagle Summit III, followed by a government-to-government consultation regarding eagles to be held in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The date and city were chosen to coincide with the Denver March Powwow. If you plan to attend the Eagle Summit, Eagle Government-to-Government Consultation or the Eagle Repository Tour, please register online.

WHAT: Eagle Summit III and consultation regarding eagles - view the draft AGENDA

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge 6550 Gateway Road, Commerce City, Colorado 80022

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Upcoming Events

Meeting: Tribal Energy Program Review March 24-28, Denver, CO. Recognizing tribes' increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, our annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, and to share in each other's successes.

Conference: 2014 Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Great Plains Regional Conference March 25-27, Billings, MT.


Conference: Native American Fish and Wildlife Society National Conference May 6-8, Pendleton, OR. Hosted by Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Presentation proposals due 3/7/14.


Training: 1-day Climate Change Adaptation Planning on Monday, May 12, in conjunction with the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF) in Anacortes, WA. This training provides an introduction to planning for climate change impacts and is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning.


National Park Service (NPS) Academy: The SCA and the National Park Service (NPS) are looking for young men and women who are interested in discovering and exploring the many career opportunities available in today’s Park Service. In this unique opportunity, participants will gain valuable work experience as well as access to key leaders within NPS.

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FWS Tribal Liaison and Communications Team


Our Tribal Programs Facebook page is place for people to share and provide information from the Fish and Wildlife Service and our Tribal partners which is relevant to Indian Country. Native American Liaisons strive to identify areas where both Federal and tribal conservation efforts can most effectively conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. The Liaisons combine their backgrounds in wildlife biology, conservation, Indian law and policy to achieve the best possible conservation scenario in Indian Country.


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period on Wolf Proposal


Independent scientific peer review report available for public review.


Following receipt of an independent scientific peer review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the comment period on its proposal to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. The Service is making that report available for public review, and beginning Monday, February 10, interested stakeholders will have an additional 45 days to provide information that may be helpful to the Service in making a final determination on the proposal.


The independent scientific peer review was hosted and managed by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), a highly respected interdisciplinary research center at the University of California – Santa Barbara. At the Service’s request, NCEAS sponsored and conducted a peer review of the science underlying the Service’s proposal.


Photo Caption: Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS

Historical Happenings


Notes on Cultural Resource Management in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Historical Happenings provides information on the USFWS Cultural Resources Management program. Information comes from sources such as the Regional Historic Preservation Officers, websites, new sources, as well as other cultural resource management professionals. Issues are also available on the USFWS Cultural Resources website. Submissions are encouraged and can be made via email. Please contact Eugene Marino for submission guidelines. Read Historical Happenings - December, 2013 (183 KB PDF)


Photo Credit: Oglala women and children - circa 1895


Photo from the Facebook page: Native American Indian - Old Photos

This page is a collection of public-domain photos, taken by many different photographers between 1845 and 1950, representing Native North American Indian folks from many Tribes and Nations.


My name is Jonathan Holmes and I'm the Administrator of this Educational Page. I started 'Native American Indian - Old Photos' in February 2010 in the hope that it will help towards a better understanding of the past, and also help some folks to make a connection with their ancestors as well. While my original intention was to portray old photos of Native American folks from the United States, I soon decided to include Tribes and Nations from along the United States borders, so now this Educational Page includes old photos representing Native folks from Canada and Mexico also.

Reminder: The 2014 Regional Director's Priorities


Mountain-Prairie Regional Director, Noreen Walsh

As we start the fiscal year, I wanted to share the priorities that the Regional Directorate developed for fiscal year 2014. Many of the main themes in this document will look similar to last year, because many of the priorities we established in past years were significant and aspirational, and therefore are still works in progress that we will continue to focus on to achieve a shared vision together.


However, we have expanded the document this year to capture some additional priorities that were brought forward through program Assistant Regional Directors. We have also updated the specific action items that we will accomplish this year under each priority.


We are all aware of the budget constraints that our agency is facing. Reduced budgets and staffing levels mean that we have to make difficult choices. However, even with tight budgets we can work together across programs and with our partners to focus on specific conservation objectives. Great examples of such cross-program collaboration are occurring across our Region, from the conservation efforts focused on the lesser prairie-chicken to the efforts to conserve grasslands in the Northern Great Plains.


We recognize that we are in the difficult situation of letting some things go that we all think are important and value-added, to focus on a smaller subset of priorities we can tackle with our existing resources. This list of Regional priorities is meant to help guide those decisions.

View the Regional Priorities Document

Service Extends Final Decisions on Listing Gunnison Sage-Grouse & Critical Habitat


he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today a six-week extension of its final decisions on proposals to protect the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and to designate critical habitat for the species. A final determination on both proposals was due March 31, 2014. However, due to delays caused by the lapse in government appropriations in October 2013, and the resulting need to reopen a public comment period and reschedule public hearings associated with this action, the Court has now approved a six week extension of that deadline, to May 12, 2014. This extension will ensure thorough consideration and evaluation of the numerous public comments received on the proposed listing rule and proposed critical habitat rule for Gunnison sage-grouse.


As a result of ongoing and future threats to the species’ survival, the Service on January 11, 2013, proposed ESA protection for the species and proposed the designation of critical habitat essential for the species’ survival and recovery. About 5,000 breeding Gunnison sage-grouse exist, occupying seven population areas in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. “Thanks to collaborative conservation efforts, the largest Gunnison sage-grouse population has remained relatively stable over the past 18 years,” said the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Regional Director Noreen Walsh. “However, the status of the remaining populations remains uncertain, and we want to make sure our final decision is based on strong science.”nement, or if further analysis is needed through preparation of an environmental impact statement.


Photo caption: A pair of Gunnison sage-grouses are pictured. Credit: USFWS


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