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Tribal Relations

APHIS works with Native American producers and Tribes to help safeguard their agricultural livestock, crops, and natural resources from disease, pests, and wildlife damage. We are committed to building a future where history is acknowledged, sovereignty is respected, and mutual growth fostered.  >>More

Program Priorities

  • News and Announcements: APHIS Hosts 2014 WINS Interns

    APHIS’ support for American University’s (AU) Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) program entered its 17th year as the Agency hosted five WINS interns this summer.  Working at APHIS headquarters in Riverdale, Maryland, and in USDA’s downtown offices, the students earned six college credits and gained professional experience while learning how the U.S. Department of Agriculture protects and safeguards agricultural resources.

  • Tribal Consultation

    In keeping with Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, APHIS provides opportunities for Tribes to participate in policy development to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law.

  • Program in Focus: PPQ Montana Helps Tribes Fight Rangeland Weeds With Biocontrols

    APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine staff in Big Sky Country are helping Tribes protect their cattle’s grazing land with unlikely partners: insects from abroad.

  • APHIS Native American Working Group

    The APHIS Native American Working Group (ANAWG) provides advice to APHIS animal and plant health experts around the country about ways to better serve Tribes, intertribal committees, and related organizations.  ANAWG also helps coordinate APHIS’ partnerships with Tribal governments.