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Office of Tribal Relations

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The USGS Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) builds partnerships between the USGS and Native American and Alaska Native governments, tribal organizations, and other federal agencies to help the USGS meet its mission of conducting gold-standard scientific research in order to describe and understand our planet’s natural systems and resources, and by doing so, enhance and protect our quality of life.

Tribal Liaison Team

Tribal Liaison Team

The Liaison Team represents each USGS region/geographic area, scientific mission area, and the bureau as a whole; building and strengthening partnerships with other federal agencies, universities, and numerous tribes throughout the United States.

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Feature Stories

Feature Stories

Feature Stories and highlights on USGS work in partnership with Native American tribal governments, tribal communities, and much more.

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Publications

Year Published: 2018

Science partnership between U.S. Geological Survey and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe—Understanding the Elwha River Dam Removal Project

After nearly a century of producing power, two large hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River in Washington State were removed during 2011 to 2014 to restore the river ecosystem and recover imperiled salmon populations. Roughly two-thirds of the 21 million cubic meters of sediment—enough to fill nearly 2 million dump trucks—contained behind the dams...

Duda, Jeffrey J.; Beirne, Matt M.; Warrick, Jonathan A.; Magirl, Christopher S.
Duda, J.J., Beirne, M.M., Warrick, J.A., and Magirl, C.S., 2018, Science partnership between U.S. Geological Survey and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe—Understanding the Elwha River Dam Removal Project: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3025, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183025.

Year Published: 2017

Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development

Salish Kootenai College (SKC), in the Flathead Reservation in the northwestern corner of Montana, is the largest of the seven Tribal colleges in the State. In 2011, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Tribal Liaison Monique Fordham from the Office of Tribal Relations/Office of Science Quality and Integrity began discussions with SKC faculty to...

Sando, Roy; Fordham, Monique
Sando, Roy, and Fordham, Monique, 2017, Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3065, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173065.

Year Published: 2017

Conversing with Pelehonuamea: A workshop combining 1,000+ years of traditional Hawaiian knowledge with 200 years of scientific thought on Kīlauea volcanism

The events surrounding volcanic eruptions and damaging earthquakes in Hawai‘i have often been described in journals, letters, and newspapers articles in the English language; however, the Hawaiian nation was among the most literate of countries in the 19th century, and many Hawaiian-language newspapers were in circulation through all but the...

Kauahikaua, James P.; Babb, Janet L.; Kauahikaua, James P.; Babb, Janet L.
Kauahikaua, J.P., and Babb, J.L., comps. and eds., Conversing with Pelehonuamea—A workshop combining 1,000+ years of traditional Hawaiian knowledge with 200 years of scientific thought on Kīlauea volcanism (ver. 1.1, June 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2017–1043, 169 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171043.