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Current Activities

SISNAR Internship Program

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.

2014 SISNAR Awardees

  1. Rod Caldwell
    1. WY-MT WSC, Helena, MT
    2. Water Mission Area
    3. Establishment Of A Baseline Groundwater Monitoring Program on the Blackfeet Reservation
    4. Blackfeet Tribe, Browning, MT
  2. Tabitha Graves
    1. Northern Rocky Mountain Science Ctr (NOROCK)
    2. West Glacier, MT
    3. Ecosystems Mission Area
    4. Bear Food Monitoring in Northwestern Montana
    5. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), Pablo, MT
  3. Mike Hayes
    1. Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA
    2. Northwest Region
    3. Behavioral Response of Adult Pacific Lamprey to Natural and Synthetic Odors
    4. Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, OR
  4. Kyle Hogrefe
    1. Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK
    2. AK Region
    3. Changing Arctic Ecosystems Program – Avian and Vegetative Phenology Research Project
    4. Alaska Native Regional Corporations: Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, member communities of Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Barrow, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Lay, Point Hope, Wainwright, AK
  5. Joel Schmutz
    1. Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK
    2. AK Region
    3. Identifying Demographic Constraints for Emperor Geese: A Bering Sea Endemic of Conservation Concern for Villages on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta
    4. Alaska Native Villages (predominantly Yup’ik Peoples within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge – Coastal Villages of Chevak, Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Newtok, Tooksook Bay, and Kipnuk), AK
  6. Christian Torgersen
    1. Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, OR
    2. Ecosystems Mission Area
    3. Using Beaver to Restore Ecosystem Functions in the Skykomish Watershed
    4. Tulalip Tribes, Tulalip, WA


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.

Additional information on training activities.

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