The United States Government holds 55.7 million acres of land in trust for Native Americans, of which much is considered to be rangeland. Native vegetation on the rangelands provide habitat for native wildlife and livestock, and provide other resources needed for a high quality life for the Native Americans. Dynamic and high quality management of rangelands is essential for the success of the Native American communities. Successful management of the rangelands, which includes a wide variety of resources, must not be focused on a single objective but rather on achieving a wide variety of habitat objectives that best meet the social, cultural, economic, and physical needs of the tribes.
The Society for Range Management’s (SRM) mission is to provide leadership for the stewardship of rangelands based on sound ecological principles and to promote the professional development and continuing education of individuals who work with rangelands and are committed to their sustainable use. The Native American Rangeland Advisory Committee’s (NARAC) mission is to serve as a facilitator to provide necessary stakeholders with a healthy environment to develop new approaches that are appropriate for Native American culture, social issues, traditional uses of plants and wildlife, and land tenure patterns, while meeting regulatory (tribal and federal) standards. The expertise provided by SRM members can support tribal initiatives by partnering in science and range management, and by providing support for policy on tribal lands where tribal governments request assistance. SRM also takes an active role in partnering with tribes and agencies to train students in range management, while being respectful for the inclusion of tribal traditional and cultural values.
The Native American Rangeland Training Initiative (NARTI)
Recognizing the numerous changes that have and are occurring in the management and use of the Native American rangelands, the Society is collaborating with tribal partners and federal agencies to implement a comprehensive strategy that addresses a number of critical disconnects that were identified by our tribal stakeholders and that impact the sustainable management of rangelands in Indian Country.
We address areas such as recruitment, education, capacity building, and outreach through sound science and strong consideration of tribal traditional and cultural values through the following components: 1) Interactive online courses and experiential rangeland management workshops that are tailored for each tribe or group of tribes; 2) rangeland management outreach toolkits for tribal managers; 3) assessment of a potentially accredited online soil and rangeland ecology course for tribal students; and 4) the development of an inter-tribal informational website on rangeland management.
This project is being funded by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the USDA Forest Service. Partners include the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society, the Intertribal Agriculture Council, the Intertribal Timber Council, the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the USDA Climate Hubs.
For more details, please visit the project website at http://www.nativeamericanrangelands.org.
(As of 6/2020)
- Nick Padilla – Chair 2/2020-2/2022
- Richard Bonine
- Cini Brown
- James Calabaza
- Blaze Cummins
- Ferin Davis
- Robert W. Demery
- Norman Duwer
- Joseph Gazing-Wolf
- Blythe Gill
- Rafel J. Guerrero
- Virgil McCormick
- Amalia Montoya
- Donald Moore
- Velma Pickett
- Arielle Quintana
- Sicanna Realbird
- Valerie Small
- Don Woerner, DVM
- Jess Peterson, Executive Vice President, Society for Range Management
- María Fernández-Giménez, NARAC Liaison to Council (BoD Representative)
- Diana Doan-Crider, Native American Rangeland Training Initiative Coordinator
CLICK HERE for the latest Native American Rangeland Management Training Initiative (NARTI) Program Update.