NCAI Applauds Department of the Interior for Recognizing Tribal Role in Managing Federal Lands and Natural Resources

Published on Oct 21, 2016


October 21, 2016


NCAI Applauds Department of the Interior for Recognizing Tribal Role in Managing Federal Lands and Natural Resources

Washington, DC, October 21, 2016 | NCAI applauds the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell as she announced a Secretarial Order encouraging cooperative management opportunities between the Department’s land managers and federally-recognized tribes. Through this effort, the Department of the Interior is recognizing enhanced management through collaborative partnerships and the integration of tribal knowledge, practices, and concerns into the management of federal lands and natural resources where there is a connection to tribal communities.

According to the Order, agencies are directed to identify opportunities, engage in consultation with tribal governments, and to undertake efforts to develop collaborative partnerships with tribes in the management of resources.

NCAI has long supported and advocated for the advancement of cooperative relationships that foster and integrate traditional indigenous knowledge and practices into the management of natural resources that affect tribal lands, empowering tribal self-determination and resiliency of tribal communities. NCAI will continue to work with tribes to ensure equitable participation by tribes in the co-management of traditional and customary resources for the continued well-being of their peoples and appropriate co-management agreements.

NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata said, “The Order announced today sets up a process and identifies the need for cooperative relationships that will benefit tribes in their efforts to manage natural resources. This also supports the exercise of our rights, and provides recognition of essential indigenous knowledge.”


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