Press Release
More Than $7 Million Awarded to 42 Native American Tribes in 16 States for a Wide Range of Conservation Work

February 25, 2010

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced more than $7 million in grants will go to 42 Native American projects in 16 states to fund a wide range of conservation projects nationwide.

“Tribal Wildlife Grants are much more than a fiscal resource for Tribes. The projects and partnerships supported by this program have enhanced our commitment to Native Americans and to the United States’ shared wildlife resources,” Salazar said.

More than $50 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program in the past eight years, providing funding for 400 conservation projects administered by 162 participating Federally-recognized tribes. The grants provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat, including non-game species.

“The Tribal Wildlife Grants program has helped the Service to collaborate more effectively with Native American tribes in conserving and restoring the vast diversity of fish and wildlife habitat they manage,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director Rowan Gould.

The grants have enabled tribes to develop increased management capacity, improve and enhance relationships with partners including State agencies, address cultural and environmental priorities, and heighten interest of tribal students in fisheries, wildlife and related fields of study. Some grants have been awarded to enhance recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species.

The grants are provided exclusively to Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments and are made possible under the Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002 through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grant program.

During the current grant cycle, tribes submitted a total of 137 proposals that were scored by panels in each Service Region using uniform ranking criteria. A national scoring panel recommended 42 proposals for funding.

Editors: A list of all Tribal grants follows

2010 Tribal Wildlife Grants Awards

ALABAMA
Poarch Band of Creek Indians ($200,000)
Restoration of Longleaf Pine Habitat

ALASKA
Native Village of Kwigillingok ($189,310)
Reducing Carbon Emissions for the Birds

Native Village of Old Harbor ($87,319)
Nuniaq Taquaka'aq Rehabilitation Plan

Chilkoot Indian Association ($193,527)
Chilkat and Chilkoot River Eulachon Project

ARIZONA
Hopi Tribe ($200,000)
Golden Eagle Assessment

Quechan Tribe ($68,997)
Habitat Protection and Enhancement of Wetlands

Tohono O’odham Nation ($200,000)
Proposal for a Flora and Fauna Inventory

CALIFORNIA
Habematolel Band of Pomo Indians ($171,686)
Clear Lake Hitch Recovery Project

Hoopa Valley Tribe ($200,000)
Bobcat Ecology and Fisher Survival

Karuk Tribe ($195,000)
Bluff/Camp Creek Habitat Protection - Road Decommissioning

Pinoleville Pomo Nation ($116,950)
Restoring Oak Woodlands

Round Valley Indian Tribes ($65,796)
Mill Creek Riparian Corridor Project

Susanville Indian Rancheria ($200,000)
Re-establishment of Wild Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout

Washoe Tribe ($197,000)
Wildlife Management Plan

Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians ($200,000)
Cache Creek Cultural Restoration Project

Yurok Tribe ($200,000)
Condor Reintroduction Feasibility Initiative

IDAHO
Nez Perce Tribe ($200,000)
Rare Plant Conservation of Nez Perce Lands

MAINE
Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians ($200,000)
Brook Trout Conservation Project

MICHIGAN
Grand Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians ($200,000)
Boardman River Restoration Project

Little River Band of Ottawa ($200,000)
Artic Grayling and Elk Re-establishment

Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians ($199,973)
Walleye Assessment

MONTANA
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes ($200,000)
Monitoring of Wildlife at Highway Crossing

NEVADA
Moapa Band of Paiute Indians ($55,446)
Muddy River Habitat Enhancement Project

Summit Lake Band of Paiute Indians ($200,000)
Food Web Investigation to Promote Lahontan Cutthroat Recovery

Walker River Paiute Tribe ($200,000)
Tamarisk Removal for Habitat Restoration

NEW MEXICO
Pueblo of Santa Ana ($199,963)
Gray Vireo Pop. Monitoring

NEW YORK
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe ($193,191)
Akwesasne Wildlife Management Plan

Seneca Nation ($199,762)
Walleye Conservation Program

OKLAHOMA
Citizen Band of Potawatomi ($199,823)
Citizen Potawatomi Eagle Aviary Program

Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma ($195,874)
Propagation of the Neosho Madtom and Neosho Mucket

OREGON
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation ($177,416)
California Bighorn Sheep Project

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Reservation ($127,882)
Upstream Migration of Pacific Lamprey in the Willamette Basin

SOUTH DAKOTA
Oglala Sioux Tribe ($199,610)
Study of the Wahupe Oyate Hena

*Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate ($101,138)
Diversity/Abundance of Amphibians - Northern Leopard Frog

*Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate ($95,996)
Small Mammal Population Study

Yankton Sioux Tribe ($200,000)
Emergent Sandbar Habitat Management

WASHINGTON
Jamestown S'Kllalm Tribe ($57,312)
Restoring the Dungeness Elk Herd to its Historic Range

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe ($199,995)
River Otters and American Dippers

Lummi Indian Nation ($200,000)
South Fork Fobes Reach Project

Stillaguamish Tribe ($147,895)
River Otters and American Dippers: River Restoration

Tulalip Tribes ($192,039)
Monitoring Fish and Water Resources

WISCONSIN
Lac du Flambeau Band of Chippewa Indians ($83,954)
Walleye Assessment to Safeguard Fishery


* Tribes may submit more than one proposal as long as their cumulative cost
is less than $200,000.

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