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A Natural Partnership: APHIS and the Tribes

APHIS is an agency with many missions vital to the health and welfare of plants and animals in Indian Country.  For many years, we have worked with Native American producers and Tribes to help safeguard their agricultural livestock, crops, and natural resources from disease, pests, and wildlife damage.  

Through partnerships, cooperative agreements, emergency training, and other means, APHIS’ teams of experts offer Native American communities in-depth advice and assistance to ensure their animals and plants remain healthy and strong.   In addition, APHIS reaches out to teach young Native Americans about agriculture and offers works experiences through summer internship and training programs.  This Web page provides a sampling of the many resources APHIS can provide and a look at recent and ongoing projects.

APHIS is also committed to respecting Tribal heritage and cultural values when planning and initiating its programs as described by Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments. We believe it is critical for sovereign Tribal Nations to participate in the development of APHIS policies and programs that affect them.  Each Tribe has the opportunity for timely and meaningful government-to-government consultation with APHIS in developing policies that may have Tribal implications.  For more information, please see the Tribal Consultation section of this Web page.

APHIS looks forward to nurturing existing relationships—and making new connections—with our Tribal partners. Together we can strengthen our agricultural network and build a future where history is acknowledged, sovereignty is respected, and mutual growth fostered.

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