Partnerships with American Indian Tribes
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Originally founded during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s as the Soil Erosion Service and later renamed the Soil Conservation Service, the agency provides technical assistance to private landowners and users to assist them in planning for the conservation and improvement of natural resources. Employees are trained to develop conservation systems for soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources.
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Serving American Indians
NRCS and American Indians share a common interest in conserving and managing the natural resources of our earth. To help meet our goal of providing high quality conservation products and services to American Indian operators, offices are located on each of the seven reservations serving the ten tribes located in Montana. NRCS is committed to providing assistance to American Indian producers and tribes in planning for and managing natural resources.
Links to Tribal Offices
American Indian tribes work with NRCS on a variety of initiatives that include resource inventories and the adaptation of our conservation programs to fit the special needs of their people and their land. Many tribes also maintain web sites containing information specific to their land and people. The following is a partial list of those and other related sites.
For More Information
To obtain more information, or to request assistance, please contact the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office at the number listed below, or contact the NRCS State Office for Montana at 406-587-6811.
NRCS Tribal Conservationists and Contact Information
||NRCS Field Office
406 665-3442 extension 3220
||Fort Belknap Indian Community (Gros Ventre and Assiniboine)
||406-675-2700 extension 1245
||Confederated Salish and Kootenai
||Sioux and Assiniboine
NRCS Montana has also designated two Tribal Liaisons who convene regular Tribal Conservationist meetings; advise the State Leadership Team and various committees (Civil Rights Advisory Committee, Employee Development) on programmatic, technical, training and outreach needs; and will assist in the establishment of a Tribal State Technical Committee.
- West Tribal Liaison serves the Blackfeet, Flathead, and Rocky Boy Reservations:
Anne Stephens 406-338-3153
- East Tribal Liaison serves the Ft. Belknap, Ft. Peck, Northern Cheyenne, and Crow Reservations:
Leon LaSalle 406-265-6792 extension 118