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Director Dan Ashe signs the agency's revised Native American Policy at a ceremony attended by tribal representatives from across the continent.

Director Dan Ashe signs the agency's revised Native American Policy at a ceremony attended by tribal representatives from across the continent. Kayt Jonsson / USFWS

Revised Policy Strengthens Service's Tribal Collaboration for Conservation of Our Shared Natural Heritage


Native American leaders and Service officials today celebrated completion of the agency’s revised policy guiding government-to-government relations between tribes and the agency. The framework of the new policy emphasizes partnership and collaboration on natural and cultural resources conservation. Sixteen tribes worked with Service representatives for more than two years to revise the policy, which went through extensive consultation nationally, and in Service Director Dan Ashe’s words “will foster and nurture relationships with tribes and honor the mutual trust of guardianship we hold for decades to come.


Final Policy

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A young Billy Frank Jr. fishing along the Columbia River

Billy Frank Jr. fishing along the Columbia River Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Billy Frank Jr. Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom Award


“He saved the salmon that had fed his family for generations,” said President Obama. “He was spat on, shot at, chased, clubbed and cast as an outlaw, but Billy kept fighting because he knew he was right.”


The pursuit of justice is the work of every generation, and Billy Frank Jr. inspired all of us, native and non-native alike, to fight for what we believe in. Read more on Billy Frank Jr. and how he has inspired one Pacific Northwestern native:


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Josiah and his sons at the opening of the Wanapum Heritage Center.

Josiah and his sons at the opening of the Wanapum Heritage Center.

Region 1 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month


Region 1 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proudly celebrating National Native American Heritage Month this November. We welcomed Nez Perce Tribal member and ethnologist Josiah Pinkham yesterday in our Regional Office in Portland, Oregon. Pinkham shared Nez Perce creation stories, spoke about tribal history and culture, his journey as a storyteller, and our shared responsibility to care for the earth and our animal brothers and sisters. You can replay a shorter version of Pinkham's presentation below. The Nez Perce Tribe is one of 45 federally recognized tribes within our Region, with whom we work together to maintain a government-to-government relationship and fulfill our federal tribal trust responsibility.


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