The Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Services is committed to assisting American Indian tribes and individuals protect, preserve and enhance Mother Earth. Each of Michigan's federally recognized tribes has a designated NRCS contact person. In addition, there is a State American Indian Liaison to coordinate assistance for tribes and American Indian individuals and to facilitate communication between the NRCS and tribes.
November is Alaska Native and American Indian Heritage Month
Each year in November the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service contracts with a Native American Artist in the United States to develop a poster that pays respect to the American Indian. If you are interested in receiving a poster for this year’s program, please contact our public affairs specialist to make arrangements.
NRCS has a designated representative for each of the 12 federally-recognized American Indian Tribes. The tribal representatives are responsible for assisting the tribes with NRCS programs and technical assistance.
The aim of the Tribal Scholars Program is to strengthen a partnership between NRCS and 1994 Tribal Land Grant Institutions, increase the number of students studying in agriculture and Agency-related disciplines, and to offer employment opportunities.
2005 is the first year tribal scholarships have been offered. They will be awarded to U.S. citizens who are seeking a degree in agriculture or related natural resource sciences at a 1994 tribal land-grant institution.
NRCS Plants Data Base Comprehensive plant information including lists of plants by state, information on culturally significant and endangered plants, selecting plants for conservation purposes and much more.
The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle from Asia that destroys native ash trees. The ash borer has already destroyed millions of ash trees in Michigan, surrounding states and Canada. The black ash in particular is an important cultural resource for Native Americans and is used in traditional basket weaving. The destruction of the black ash resource threatens cultural traditions of the Anishinaabe People.
Emerald Ash Borer Info - Web site created by the USDA, USDA Land Grant colleges and the Michigan Department of Agriculture to provide up-to-date information on the emerald ash borer and related efforts.