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Tribal Nation Resources

American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Tribal Nations and Tribal Nation members are eligible to participate in all NRCS programs and may have special status as provided by statute or regulation. 

NRCS provides assistance upon request to Tribal Nations and Tribal Nation members, including but not limited to the following: Conservation planning on cropland, pastureland, and rangeland and assistance to apply rangeland management and improvement practices, irrigation water development structures and management, brush control, erosion control structures, agriculture, forestry, farmland protection, wildlife habitat improvement, and wetlands restoration.

Waterway cutting through lush green wetlands heads toward a bluff of trees

Tribes depend on the land to provide us with the gifts that the Creator created for us. Without these gifts, we wouldn’t be who we are, so we protect these lands.

Mark Duffy, Chief Conservation Officer with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa & Red Cliff Tribal Member

Tribal Nations Caring for Wetlands in Wisconsin Videos

The Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service of Wisconsin, the Mashkiiziibii Natural Resources Department and the Red Cliff Treaty Natural Resources Division partnered to release these Tribal Conservation videos, highlighting the wetland and watershed conservation work being done by the Oneida Nation, and the Bad River and Red Cliff Bands of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin. 

These videos continue to showcase the long-term landscape approach Tribes are taking to protect and manage water resources, mitigate flooding, enhance water quality and preserve vital habitats. Caring for these wetlands and watersheds not only serves to protect ecological balance but sustain their cultural heritage and way of life. A healthier, natural environment offers integral opportunities for Tribes to hunt, fish and gather what nature has provided. For more info on how Wisconsin Tribes are leading the way in wetland and watershed restoration, visit wisconsinwetlands.org.

Select from the Playlist menu at the top right corner of the video below to watch all six Tribal Conservation in Wisconsin videos.


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Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC)

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical assistance and financial assistance to private landowners and operators, tribes and tribal members to assist them in protecting and improving natural resources such as soil, water, air, plants, and animals. The Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC) was organized in March 2001 to identify tribal conservation issues and to advise NRCS on more effective ways to deliver USDA programs and assist the Indian Nations of Wisconsin. This Conservation Advisory Council, authorized in the 1995 Farm Bill, was the first such council formed in the country.

NRCS Liaisons to Tribal Nations in Wisconsin

NRCS Liaison & Tribal Nation
Name Position Phone Number Email
Chris Borden
NRCS State Tribal Liaison
Michael Blount
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Michael Stinebrink
Forest County Potawatomi Community
Jon Field
Ho-Chunk Nation
Nicholas Besasie
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Michael Stinebrink
Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Sherrie Zenk-Reed
Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin
Michael Stinebrink
Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Sherrie Zenk-Reed
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
Michael Blount
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Ron Spiering
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
Sherrie Zenk-Reed
Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Community