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MAINE BULLETIN NO. ME 450-10-12

 

                                                                                             February 4, 2010
 

Subject: TCH – Cultural Resources Training Module 9

ACTION DUE: APRIL 30, 2010

Purpose. To inform NRCS employees whose work includes the consideration of cultural resources that they must complete Cultural Resources Module 9 on Working Effectively with Tribal Governments.

Expiration Date. September 30, 2010

NRCS National Headquarters has issued a National Instruction (Title 190, Part 306, February 1, 2010) that describes newly required cultural resources training. The training is called “Module 9 - Working Effectively with Tribal Governments”. The module is an interagency course located at OPM’s GoLearn site, http://tribal.golearnportal.org/start.html.  The course takes about one hour and consists of four sections: Course Purpose and Navigation, Introduction to Tribal Concepts; Federal Indian Law and Policy, and Cultural Orientation and Tips for Working More Effectively with Tribal Governments. NRCS is requiring the training in order to establish and increase awareness of the agency’s legal responsibilities to be a steward of cultural resources and to consult with Indian tribes.

All NRCS employees who consider cultural resources in their work must take Module 9. This includes all Field Office staff, RC&D Coordinators, Soil Scientists, Engineers, and State Office technical and programs staff.

Employees must complete Module 9 by April 30, 2010. Upon completion of this course, employees need to email or submit a hard copy of their completion certificates to Stephanie Landry, Human Resources Assistant at the NRCS State Office.

Contact. Gary Shaffer, Archaeologist/Cultural Resources Specialist at 207-990-9566 or email gary.shaffer@me.usda.gov.



/s/ Juan C. Hernandez

JUAN C. HERNANDEZ
State Conservationist