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Native American tribes are in a unique situation. With an ever advancing tribal natural resources agenda, they encounter issues along the way. Some of these include the following:
- Pressures for Development of Land (for recreational use)
- Treaty Rights threatened
- Tribes' ability to manage reduced
- Jurisdictions overlap
- Tribes losing land base
To address some of these pressing issues, a group of Intertribal natural resource organizations have pulled together to host a tribal natural resource conference. These organizations may propose and prioritize issues and recommendations and how to address them.
This collaborative group though in the initial stage strives to develop an integrative action plan. With the current administration supportive of tribes contributes to increased opportunities for tribes. Realizing the potential outcomes, the coalition seeks to provide the following:
- Clear and concise message to Congress and promote dialogue between tribal leadership, resource professionals, federal and state agencies, environmental organizations and industry through sharing of information.
- A unified tribal natural resources strategy
- Overview of tribal needs in order to support tribal natural resource initiatives and programs, etc...
As a non-profit organization, the Society's mission is to assist Native American and Alaska Native Tribes with the conservation, protection, and enhancement of their fish and wildlife resources.
As a 501(c)(3) public charitable non-profit Colorado corporation, all contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.
The Society's purposes are charitable, educational, scientific and cultural, as well as the following:
- To assist in the facilitation and coordination of inter-tribal communication in regards to fish and wildlife matters, including issues with treaty rights, court cases related to fish and wildlife, and hunting and fishing regulations.
- To protect, preserve and conserve the wise use and management of tribal fish, wildlife, and recreation resources.
- To educate Native Americans involved in fish and wildlife management, policy decision makers, community members and others similarly dedicated to tribal natural resource management, of the best management practices.
- To provide administrative support, expertise and advice to tribal governments, relating to tribal fish, wildlife and recreation resources.
- To improve the general welfare of tribal people through educational, charitable, as well as fish and wildlife enhancement activities.
- To provide professional publications and promotional activities for disseminating information about Native American fish and wildlife resources to members, organizations, public officials, and the general public.