Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
RECOVERING AMERICA’S WILDLIFE ACT
The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (Recovering) (HR 2773, S 2372) will dedicate $97.5 million to Tribal Nations and $1.3 billion to state-level conservation efforts for on-the-ground conservation projects — helping prevent wildlife from becoming endangered in the first place.
This funding would allow tribes to build their capacity and develop viable fish, wildlife, conservation and enforcement programs. It would help tribes collect data and work to sustain threatened, endangered and culturally relevant species.Elveda MartinezPresident of the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is monumental legislation for Tribes to protect these species and our cultural ties to them along with promoting tribal self-governance. With the support of this legislation, the Tribes stand ready and committed to ensure that wildlife endures for all of our future generations.Elveda MartinezPresident of the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society
For Tribes, RAWA isn’t just about an increase to their base funding, it’s a game changer in the way they operate, manage, participate and assert self-governance and sovereignty.Julie ThorstensonExecutive Director of the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society
With its broad range of support, including mutual support from states and Tribes, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act can foster improved coordination and collaboration and elevate wildlife management across the nation – with the goal of more abundant fish, flora and fauna for both Tribal and non-Tribal members for many future generations to come.Gloria TomDirector of the Navajo Nation’s Department of Fish and Wildlife
If passed, the Tribal title of Recovering will secure the first ever, secured annual federal funding dedicated to supporting Tribal fish and wildlife management. The funds can be used to develop, carry out, or enhance wildlife conservation and restoration programs, threatened and endangered species recovery, wildlife conservation education and recreation, conservation law enforcement, and program staff.
Funds will be distributed through a noncompetitive application process with no matching funds requirement. The guidelines and criteria will be determined by the Secretary of the Interior, acting through BIA in consultation with Tribes.
NAFWS recognizes the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act as an opportunity to begin addressing the historical inequities, exclusion, and perpetual underfunding of Tribal wildlife management. NAFWS supports Recovering through the following actions:
- Providing education and related updates to Tribes – Watch the NAFWS Webinar
- Active members of the Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife and the Tribal Alliance
- Act as clearinghouse for Tribal Letters of Support
- Passed a resolution in support of dedicated federal funding to recover fish and wildlife