Each year, the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society recognize individuals working in the tribal natural resource management. These individuals are also performing exceptional work. So to acknowledge their work, the NAFWS each year puts out a call for nominations to tribes so that tribal natural resource managers could be recognized and honored for their exceptional work which is viewed as a contribution to the betterment of tribal natural resources management. Their impact in Indian Country also creates the road for better tribal natural resources management for the future.
The Chief Sealth Award each year is presented during the NAFWS National Conference. The award is named after Chief Sealth a leader in his tribe, the Suquamish, and was known for his strong oratory stance on behalf of his people, the land, and for cultural and religious protection.
The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society has recognized these stewards of the environment and natural resources: