TRIBAL LISTENING SESSIONS: Land and Water Conservation Fund

The passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. P.L. 116-152 (GAOA), which authorized $900 million annually in permanent funding of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), presents a number of exciting opportunities for conservation efforts and partnerships through the Department of the Interior (DOI).

The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to fulfill a bipartisan commitment to safeguard our natural areas, water resources, and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. The L WCF invests earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to help strengthen communities, preserve our history, and protect our national endowment of lands and waters. The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service all have programs that are funded through L WCF as well as the U.S. Forest Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

DOI is scheduling the following listening sessions to create an opportunity for sharing and dialogue about these programs and to learn what Tribes see as important opportunities. In addition to hearing from you about opportunities, we would also like your input on the following questions:

1. What opportunities do you foresee for the LWCF program? Particularly in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, and access to public lands and equities in recreation?
2. What is important to highlight across the programs in Interior to show the benefits of LWCF to Tribes?
3. How do we encourage more Tribally led participation and access to the programs?
4. What ideas do you have that could maximize partnerships?
5. What topics should we have for future sessions?

Tribal Listening Sessions

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET

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Monday, October 25, 2021 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET

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We envision these first sessions as a starting point that informs future sessions and engagement. Please contact if you have any questions about the listening sessions.


Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates


Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)