Tribal Relations

 Tribal Government Relations

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.

Native Americans in the Great Basin

The Great Basin American Indians, like so many other historical tribes, have a fascinating history. Here, you will find interesting information on where they lived, their traditions and customs, clothing, what weapons they used, their handmade art, and the tribal rituals of these men and woman. There is also a list of the Great Basin tribes.
The high desert regions between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains make up the territory that has been home to the indigenous peoples of the Great Basin for the thousands of years. It includes all of Nevada and Utah, the southern regions of Oregon and Idaho, a small area of southwestern Montana, western Wyoming, eastern California, a portion of northern Arizona, and the majority of western Colorado. 

Great Basin American Indian Tribes List

  • Anasazi Tribe
  • Bannock Tribe
  • Chemehuevi Tribe
  • Fremont Tribe
  • Goshute Tribe
  • Kawaiisu Tribe
  • Mono Tribe
  • Navajo Tribe
  • Paiute Tribe
  • Panamint Tribe
  • Shoshone Tribe
  • Washoe Tribe
  • Ute Tribe