Tribal Relations

Relations between Tribal governments and the US Forest Service are integral to managing traditional homelands. The Forest Service maintains 'Government-to-Government' relations with seven federally recognized Tribal governments as domestic sovereign nations in the Southeast.

These are the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, Kialegee Tribal Town of the Muskogee Nation, and Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town. Through consultation, recommendations for responsible stewardship are made.

Federal cultural resource laws specifically require the Forest Service to identify significant archeological sites and potential Sacred Sites and adjust management practices accordingly. Tribal consultation is a key component of this responsibility.