Tribal Relations


USGS provides information to tribes as part of our basic mission of providing unbiased scientific information to the Nation, and as part of the Federal Trust Responsibility to tribes.

Sunrise over March’s Point from the Samish canoe landing near Anacortes, Washington.

USGS has recognized the importance of Native knowledge and living in harmony with nature as compliments to the USGS mission to better understand the Earth. 

Image: Paria Riffle Field Trip

USGS Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) staff consists of two full-time personnel, the Head of OTR and the Bureau Tribal Partnership Coordinator, and USGS staff who serve collaterally as Mission Area Tribal Advisors or Regional Tribal Liaisons. 

Pueblo del Arroyo, Chaco Canyon

The USGS follows Department of Interior policies for consultation with federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporations.