Wildland Fire Tribal Consultation & Coordination
The Department of the Interior, Office of Wildland Fire's (OWF) overriding mission is to provide the strategic leadership and oversight that result in a safe, cohesive, efficient, and effective wildland fire program for the nation. Fulfilling this mission requires close coordination with our governmental partners across the United States, including the Nation's American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments.
The OWF recognizes the sovereign authority of tribal governments and is committed to working in partnership with Indian tribes on a government-to-government basis. We believe that this partnership will yield improved policy outcomes. To acknowledge and honor the sovereignty of tribal nations, OWF conducts regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with federally recognized tribes on departmental action with tribal implications as related to Department of the Interior Wildland Fire Management.
OWF drafted a policy memorandum to provide the policy for tribal consultation and coordination on departmental action by the Department of the Interior's Wildland Fire Management program. OWF sought feedback from all federally recognized tribes. The comment period has now closed and OWF is reviewing comments.
The Office of Wildland Fire attended the 33rd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium, hosted by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to provide information on the wildland fire budget and other initiatives.
2014 Symposium Award Winners (L to R). Ken Borchert, BIA Northwest Regional Office; Dan O'Brien, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; Soledad Holguin, BIA Pacific Regional Office; Norris Boothe, Coeur d'Alene Tribe; Barb Scaroni, Coeur d'Alene Tribe; ITC National Forester of the Year John Gordon.
|Paul Steblein||Erin Darboven|
Deputy Director - Policy & Budget/
|Tribal Consultation Coordinator|