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Native American Policy

The Native American PolicyPDF. of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service articulates the general principles that guide our government-to-government relationships with Indian Tribes in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources. The conservation values and partnerships that we share with Indian Tribes help the Service to accomplish its mission and fulfill our Federal and Departmental trust responsibilities to Native Americans.

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Maggots Help Game Wardens Fight Poachers

October 2018
the study of insects and decomposition stages in forensic cases can lead to the arrest of criminal poachers. This is not the most glorious part of a game warden’s job, as it means examining rotting animal carcasses and collecting samples of maggots to determine time of death. In July, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region hosted training for dozens of tribal game wardens from reservations across the country. The Region’s Native American Liaison and former federal wildlife officer, Joseph Early, coordinated the training event funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

Read the entire story. (Warning: This story contains graphic images of animal carcuses.)

Read the Missoula Current version of the story.

 


Thirty-four tribal game wardens, rangers and conservation officers from across the region attend the 2018 NAtive American Conservation Officer Training. Credit: USFWS.
Thirty-four tribal game wardens, rangers and conservation officers from across the region attend the 2018 NAtive American Conservation Officer Training. Credit: USFWS.
Native American Conservation Officer Training

September 2018
Southwest Region Native American Liaison, Joe Early worked with the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) to host a 40 hour training course for 34 tribal game wardens, rangers and conservation officers from Laguna Pueblo, Acoma Pueblo, Isleta Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Santa Ana Pueblo, the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Hualapai Tribe, Jicarilla Apache, White Mountain Apache, Mescalero Apache, Walker River Paiute, Round Valley Indian Tribes, and the Chippewa-Cree Tribe.

Funding for the training was provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs which was used to teach on a variety of topics which included eagle and migratory bird feather identification and the illegal trade and legal acquisition of birds and feathers, feral horse management, post critical incident management, use of deer decoys, CPR training, defensive tactics, firearms training, federal case law, and wildlife field forensics. which consisted of firearms evidence field analysis, wildlife-human attack response training, and decomposition state analysis for time of death estimates.

Training for the identification and use of feathers was provided during the week long session. Credit: USFWS.
Training for the identification and use of feathers was provided during the week long session. Credit: USFWS.


Participants learn CPR techniques. Credit: USFWS.
Participants learn CPR techniques. Credit: USFWS.

 

Participants learned self-defense tactics. Credit" USFWS.
Participants learned self-defense tactics. Credit" USFWS.

 

Firearms training was held so participants could improve their skills. Credit: USFWS.
Firearms training was held so participants could improve their skills. Credit: USFWS.

 

Participants learn about decomposition state analysis for time of death estimates on a deer carcus. Credit: USFWS.
Participants learn about decomposition state analysis for time of death estimates on a deer carcus. Credit: USFWS.

Training was given by the Native American Liaison, Bosque del Apache NWR, U.S. Department of Justice Tribal Liaison, the Hopi Tribe, Walker River Paiute, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and Caliber's Gun Range. Within the past four years the Native American Liaison has worked with NAFWS to host three separate 40 hour training courses. In it's ongoing efforts to continue to build up tribal relations and trust responsibilities,the Southwest Region will continue work with tribes and provide such training and support.

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Click on the play button and watch the forensics video. Credit: USFWS.
Click on the play button and watch the forensics video. Credit: USFWS.

Read the video transcript.

 

 

Native Amercian Policy signing ceremony

Native American Policy Signing Ceremony January 20, 2016. Photo credit: USFWS.

Revised Policy Strengthens Service–Native American Tribal Collaboration for Conservation of Shared Natural Heritage


Native American leaders and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) officials gathered today to recognize new measures to strengthen the agency’s 20-year-old policy guiding government-to-government relations between tribes and the agency. Service Director Dan Ashe signed the updated Native American Policy (NAP) during a Washington, D.C., ceremony attended by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Michael Bean and numerous tribal representatives. The Service manages lands and resources of great importance to tribes.

Sixteen tribes worked with Service representatives for more than two years to create the revised policy. Tribal representation on the NAP Team includes members from the: Cherokee Nation, Chugach Regional Resources Commission, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Gros Ventre and Assiniboine of Fort Belknap, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Native Village of Emmonak, Navajo Nation, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Penobscot Indian Nation, Quinault Indian Nation, San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

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International Visitors Tour Successful Natural Resource Conservation Projects on Tribal Lands

Diamondback rattler inside Prairie dog hole
A highlight for the International visitors was seeing a western diamondback rattlesnake tucked inside a prairie dog hole. Credit: Joe Early, USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Southwest Region worked with the U.S. Department of State to provide a tour of Natural Resource Conservation Projects on Tribal lands for seven International visitors touring sites in New Mexico. Traveling from Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru, these visitors were looking for opportunities to study indigenous communities in the United States and to see the tribal trust relations between the tribes and the Federal government. To meet this request, the FWS assisted in arranging a tour of the Pueblo of Santa’s bosque and wilderness areas on June 18, 2015. These Tribal lands feature several successful Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) projects. In addition to the successful TWG projects, the Pueblo has also been involved in a many other cooperative projects (i.e. Safe Harbor Agreement) in partnership with the FWS benefiting threatened and endangered species (e.g. silvery minnow and southwestern willow flycatcher).​

wild turkeys on Santa Ana Pueblo
Wild turkeys reintroduced to the Pueblo of Santa Ana bosque area, with support from a FWS TWG, were seen at the bosque during the group’s visit. Credit: Joe Early, USFWS.

During the tour of the Pueblo’s Tribal lands, the visitors were shown how telemetry equipment was used to track collared deer and pronghorn in the wild. The visitors also learned about installment of water catchments devices and habitat restoration sites, which included invasive species removal and replanting of native vegetation. Discussions about prescribed burns and habitats being impacted by climate change and decreased water levels were also presented.

While in New Mexico, the group also coordinated with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to visit several Native American schools and the Pueblo of Isleta, and the Pueblo of Acoma. Prior to stopping in New Mexico, the group visited Washington D.C. and several tribes in Oklahoma, and Washington State.

Visit the Pueblo of Santa Ana’s website to learn more about these natural resource management programs. 

 

Native youth at valle de Oro
The crew poses in front of their mural. Photo credit: USFWS.

Native American Urban Youth Corps Devote Time to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Working on Conservation Projects


In partnership with the Conservation Legacy, La Plazita Institute, Inc. and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed a conservation service project for a field crew of 8 Native American youth participants in October 2014 at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a $25,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the La Plazita Native American Urban Corps was formed with the purpose of providing learning opportunities to Native Youth ages 16 to 25 as they work on conservation projects on Tribal and Ancestral lands and waters. At Valle de Oro NWR the crew was involved in a variety of important tasks including building trails to groundwater monitoring wells, clean-ups, community outreach and they even designed and painted a mural.

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

 

 

Contact the Southwest Region Native American Liaison:
Joe Early

Joe Early
500 Gold Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-248-6602
Joe_Early@fws.gov

 
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Non-Eagle Feather Repository Receives National Award
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the 2011 Partners in Conservation Awards to 17 organizations who have achieved exemplary conservation results with community engagement and local partnerships. This year’s awards recognize more than 500 individuals from all 50 states and include representatives from Tribes, local communities and states, other Federal agencies, business and industry, nonprofit institutions, and private landowners. The awards also include 150 outstanding Interior employees who are helping to advance important conservation initiatives are also recognized this year.
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Last updated: October 5, 2018