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Tribal Partnerships

Through our Tribal Partnerships Program, the National Wildlife Federation partners with sovereign Tribal nations to solve today’s conservation challenges for future generations. We work nationwide with Tribes to protect wildlife, advance land stewardship, safeguard water resources, provide environmental education, and combat climate change.

bison in snowy grass

The Tribal Partnerships Program is guided by the 30-year vision that “Sovereign Tribal governments have the capacity and influence to achieve their natural resource goals and better address associated socio-economic and environmental justice issues.” Along with our Tribal partners, we work to address historical injustices through the advancement of new policy that leads to increased resources and capacity for Tribes to address wildlife and habitat conservation priorities while sustaining their cultural values.

In addition to the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act mentioned above, legislative priorities for the 117th Congress and the Administration include the Indian Buffalo Management Act, the Save Oak Flat Act, legislation to provide universal Tribal access to clean water, inclusion of Tribes in Interior Secretarial Order 3362 (Big Game Habitat and Migration Corridors), and corresponding implementation and advancement of Tribal priorities in the Department of the Interior’s Bison Initiative.

Photo credits: Cindy Souders, USFWS (bison), Jon Myatt/USFWS (California condor)

Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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