2015 NATIONAL

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
CONFERENCE
Indigenous Perspectives Empowered: Forest
Service Tools for Tribal Engagement
Estelle J. Bowman (Navajo) Assistant Director, Office
of Tribal Relations, U.S. Forest Service
March 12, 2015

FS Tribal Relations Strategic Goals:
Goal 1: American Indian and Alaska Native Rights
Uphold the US government’s trust responsibility and
protect AI/AN reserved rights
Goal 2: Partnerships
Leverage partnerships to maximize mutual success
Goal 3: Program Development
Promote integration and utility of the Tribal Relations
Program throughout the Agency

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Forest Service Tribal
Relations Tools
• Tribal Relations Directives
• Tribal Forest Protection Act
• Indian Forest Management Assessment Team
Report
• Tribal Guide to Grants and Agreements
• Tribal Connections Mapping Tool
• Sacred Sites Report and implementation
• Tribes and Climate Change
• Tribal Research Roadmap
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Tribal Relations Directives
• Forest Service guidance and policy
• Proposed Draft available for Tribal
Consultation June 2013
• 60-day public comment period
• Publication of Final

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Tribal Forest Protection Act
•Funding to Intertribal Timber Council to provide
analysis
•Final Report delivered in March 2013
•FS funding to ITC to provide training

March 31 – April 2, in Spokane
April 28 – 30, in Albuquerque

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Indian Forest Management
Assessment Team Study III
• Decadal analysis of the state of tribal forests
across the United States
• Accomplished through a $300,000 FS grant to
Intertribal Timber Council
• IFMAT III shows that Tribes are doing a great
job of forest management

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Partnership Guide

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Tribal Connections
Mapping Tool
Forest
Service
lands

Indian
lands

Treaty
cessions
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Sacred Sites Report &
Implementation
• Implementing recommendations from the 2012
Sacred Sites Report to the Secretary of
Agriculture
• Changing the culture and actions of the Agency
Bringing a Good Mind and a Good Heart
• In sync with interagency Sacred Sites MOU
Working Group

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Protecting Sacred Places
Facilitated Learning Engagements will provide:
– On-the-ground Mutual Learning: FS leaders
with tribal governmental and spiritual
leaders
– Agency-wide and Regionally-specific
webinars
– Leadership Mentoring Program
– Technical Guide on Culture and Heritage
Provisions
– Replicating the To Bridge a Gap model
– Case Studies for lesson learned
– Enhancing FACA Committee representation
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Tribal Engagement Roadmap
Six objectives of the Roadmap:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Enhance Partnerships
Policy & Training on Tribal Relations
Cultural Transformation of R&D workforce
Internal Coordination on Tribal research
Joint Research with Tribes on issues of
mutual interest
6. Decision Support for Tribal Land Managers

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FS Office of Tribal Relations
Fred Clark, (Citizens Band Potawatomi) Director
Estelle J. Bowman, (Navajo) Assistant Director
Kathryn Sosbe, Acting Assistant Director
Ericka Luna, Policy Analyst
Alicia Bell-Sheeter, Policy Analyst
Mariel Murray, Program Analyst
Pamela Williams, Executive Assistant

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FS Office of Tribal Relations
http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations
/
Tele:

202-205-1514

Fax:

202-649-1178

Email:

ejbowman@fs.fed.us
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