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Tribal Relations

Walking on Sacred Ground

The Lolo Trail National Historic Landmark is a special place. Many who travel this rugged route today may not be aware that the natural and cultural resources along the Lolo Trail are deceptively delicate. Walking on Sacred Ground explains why this landscape—from its cultural importance to modern Nez Perce people, to its sensitive mountain habitats—is so remarkable.

Agency Goals 
A picture of Tribal leaders consultation on the Kaibab National Forest

  • Provide Tribes equal opportunity and access to Forest Service programs.
  • Eliminate barriers to Tribal participation.
  • Improve overall knowledge of Tribe and Tribal cultures.
  • Develop partnerships and accomplish common goals in accordance with the Forest Service mission, the National Tribal implementation team report, and Regional priorities.

Cultural Heritage

In working with Tribes, the Forest Service will:

  • Redeem its trust responsibility and protects American Indian and Alaska Native reserved rights as they pertain to agency programs, projects, and policies.
  • Leverage partnerships with Tribes to maximize mutual success.
  • Promote integration and utility of the Tribal Relations Program throughout the agency.

Tribal Connections

Tribal Connections is an interactive map that shows the connection between national forests and grasslands, tribal trust lands and tribal lands ceded as part of a treaty. The map is used by the Forest Service as one tool of many to better inform land management decisions.

Related Sources 
Members of Ute Tribe

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