This relationship exist to assist forest service officials to:
Fulfill the unique relationship and obligation the United States Government has with federally recognized Indian tribes
Assist in the development and implementation of Forest Service interests in establishing a mutual and beneficial partnership with our American Indian neighbors
Provide opportunities for partnership building with tribes to facilitate economic development assistance through State & Private Programs
The goals of this relationship is to:
Maintain a governmental relationship with federally acknowledged tribal governments
Implement our programs and activities honoring and fulfilling legally mandated trust responsibilities on National Forest System lands
Administer programs and activities to address and be sensitive to traditional Indian religious beliefs and practices
Provide research, transfer or technology, and technical assistance to tribal governments
This can be accomplished in three primary areas:
Education/Training - Developing and presenting training on Forest Service responsibility in the federal and tribal relationship such as treaty workshops and in protocol/consultation with Tribal Governments.
Research - Assistance can be provided in researching tribal claims or positions; historical Indian claims or requests regarding National Forest lands; and to better understand current issues and policies.
Technical Support and Advise - Tribal relations Program Managers can help Line and Staff Officers better understand current events and emerging issues; and provide advice regarding official correspondence with tribes, political relationships between tribal governments, in drafting planning documents, and when creating MOU's or MOA's with tribes.