USGS Office of Tribal Relations
The USGS initiated a small internship program in Fiscal Year 2006 for students to work in the summers. The name of the internship program, "Student Interns in Support of Native American Relations," explains its purpose—to build Tribal self-governing capacity by training future Tribal leaders. Through an internal competitive process, the USGS Tribal Liaison team solicits proposals for intern support from USGS scientists for USGS projects that are on Tribal lands. Awarded SISNAR funds allow for student interns to work on USGS projects.
The USGS provides technical training in geospatial information, hydrology, wildlife diseases, and other topics, depending on available needs and resources. The USGS has also developed and held a Tribal Relations Training course for its employees to facilitate positive interactions with Tribes.