Tribal Relations

The Tribal Relations Program focuses on improving relations between American Indian Tribal Governments and the Forest Service.

The history of Federal policies, treaties, statutes, court decisions, and Presidential direction (Executive Orders) regarding Indian Tribes and tribal rights and interests is extensive. The relationship between the United States and Tribes extends to all Federal agencies and is unique and distinct from those that apply to other interests and constituencies served by the Forest Service.

Forest Service officials are directed to;

  • Coordinate land and resource management plans, appropriate study plans, and actions with tribal land and resource management plans.
  • Assist tribal members in obtaining ceremonial and medicinal plants, animals, and the use of specific geographic places.
  • Protect tribal cultural and historical information.
  • Provide research, transfer of technology, and technical assistance, where mutually agreed to and authorized by law.
  • Seek traditional ecological knowledge that may be relevant to the management of natural and cultural resources.
  • Ensure that consultation takes place during the formulation and implementation of policies that may have tribal implications.
  • Ensure government-to-government relationships with Tribes are established.

The Six Rivers National Forest maintains governmental relationships with 12 federally recognized tribal governments: the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Yurok Tribe, Karuk Tribe, Wiyot Tribe, Blue Lake Rancheria, Elk Valley Rancheria, Big Lagoon Rancheria, Bear River Band of Rhonerville Rancheria, Resighini Rancheria, Smith River Rancheria, Trinidad Rancheria, and the Round Valley Indian Tribes; A Sovereign Nation of Confederated Tribes. The Six Rivers also works with four Indian communities: Tsnungwe Council, Lassic Band of Wylacki-Wintoon Family Group, Inc., Eel River Nation of Sovereign Wailaki and Tolowa Nation.  The tribal liaison for the Six Rivers is the Tribal Relations Program Manager.