The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or FWS), announced that they finalized a new Native American policy, which will replace the 1994 policy at 510 FW 1 in the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.
The purpose of the policy is to carry out the United States’ trust responsibility to Tribes by establishing a framework on which to base interactions. The policy recognizes the sovereignty of Federally Recognized Tribes; states that the Service will work on a government-to-government basis with Tribal governments; and includes guidance on co-management, access to and use of cultural resources, capacity development, law enforcement, and education.
FWS provided many opportunities to comment on the draft policy, click here to review the comments and responses.
The policy went into effect on January 20, 2016. Click here to read the new policy.