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Indian Forest; Land in Trust Philip Rigdon Yakama Nation DNR April 18, 2007 Indian Forest Social Economical Cultural & Traditional Traditional Hunting and Fishing Foods and Medicines Religious & Cultural Today’s Forestry Economic Development is Balanced with;

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indian forest land in trust

Indian Forest; Land in Trust

Philip Rigdon

Yakama Nation

DNR

April 18, 2007

indian forest
Indian Forest
  • Social
  • Economical
  • Cultural & Traditional
  • Traditional Hunting and Fishing
  • Foods and Medicines
  • Religious & Cultural
today s forestry
Today’s Forestry
  • Economic Development is Balanced with;
  • Traditional and Culture Values
  • Fish and Wildlife
  • Water Quality
  • Food and Medicine
indian forest4
Indian Forest
  • 193 Reservation in 33 States have Forestland
  • 17.9 Million Acres of Forestland
  • 10.2 Million Acres of Woodland
  • 7.7 Million Acres of Timberland
diversity of lands
Diversity of Lands
  • Rainforest in Washington
  • Palms of Florida
  • Hardwoods of Northeast and Midwest
  • Juniper Stands of the Southwest
  • Interior West Mixed Conifers Stands
  • With the diversity of lands, tribes have different goals for their lands
timberlands
Timberlands
  • 44 Billion Board Feet
  • Nationally - Annual Allowable Harvest 779.3 Million Board Feet Forest lands
  • Generates over $456 million for Indian communities and $180 million for neighbor non-Indian communities
  • 706 Million Board Feet - Annually Harvested from 1992-1996
indian forest8
Indian Forest
  • A deep history that is shaped by a shifting federal policy from the beginning of treaty relationships between tribes and the U.S. Government.
history of indian forestry
History of Indian Forestry

Trust Responsibility

John Marshall’s 1830’s Supreme Court

Cherokee Nation v. Georgia

“Domestic Dependent Nations”

This created a ward-guardian relationship between tribes and the United States.

indian forestry history
Indian Forestry History
  • 1873 U.S. v. Cook
    • The ruling stated that Indians on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington State had no legal right to sell timber unless the clearing was for agriculture purposes; otherwise the logs belonged to the United States.
    • The court viewed Indian rights to the reservation and the timber upon them as rights of occupancy only.
indian forestry history11
Indian Forestry History
  • 1887 General Allotment Act
    • Assimilate tribes and Indian people
    • Move land out of communally held tribal land into land that is owned by individual people.
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Indian Forestry History
  • 1889 Dead and Down Act
    • Grant tribes the right to salvage dead timber for commercial purposes.
    • Green timber could not be harvested unless it was being cleared for agriculture.
    • This was the first time Congress or the federal government recognized the Indians’ right to use their forest for commercial purposes
indian forestry history13
Indian Forestry History
  • 1909 Act - Appropriated Money for Indian Forestry
  • 1910 Established the Division of Forestry in the Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • The second, in 1910 authorized the Secretary of Interior to approve timber harvesting on a sustain yield basis
    • Even with the new approach, Congress refused to address the failing allotment policy
indian forestry history14
Indian Forestry History
  • 1934 Indian Reorganization Act
    • The act also signified that tribes generally are the real owners of the land and resources.
    • The act also gave tribal governments the power to stop unwanted activities
indian forestry history15
Indian Forestry History
  • 1950 Termination Era
    • The ultimate goal of the new deal was to develop tribes into independent self-governments.
    • Within the extreme of this self-governance, various western congressmen moved toward a federal policy of termination during the 1950s.
    • President Eisenhower wanted “out of the Indian Business” and the approach at that time was to terminate tribes if they could economically and socially sustain themselves.
    • This policy lasted until the mid 1950s,when nearly everyone involved recognized this path was not working
indian forestry history16
Indian Forestry History
  • 1960 to 1970 Tribes began to move toward self-determination
    • Within this new approach, tribes began developing tribal goals and addressing severe problems with federal trust responsibility and inadequate funding and services on Indian forest.
indian forestry history17
Indian Forestry History
  • 1975 Self-Determination Act
    • Enabled tribes to take over management of Bureau of Indian Affairs programs.
    • First significant move where tribes make the management decisions and carry out the goals and objectives of the tribe.
indian forests
Indian Forests
  • During the 100 year history - forestrymanagement was a forestry program inside a social service agency
  • Developing commercial forest during dramatically dynamic policy period
  • During this history of BIA Forestry – inadequate funding
  • Tribes were developing mistrust of the BIA due to poor management, little tribal involvement, and in some cases outright corruption
intertribal timber council
Intertribal Timber Council
  • Tribes Questioning Direction and Past Management of Their Forest
  • Two options
    • Litigation
    • Gather All the Players
  • In 1976 the Intertribal Timber Council was Established
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Intertribal Timber Council
  • Annual Symposium
  • New Collective Voice in Washington D.C.
  • Since establishment, ITC has been vital in addressing issues concerning funding, policy, and other issues involving trust responsibility
national indian forest resource management act 1990
National Indian Forest Resource Management Act - 1990
  • Attention and approach by ITC culminated by Congress paying more attention to Indian Forest
  • Address Several Issues to Indian Forest
nifrma 1990
NIFRMA 1990
  • Recognition by Congress of Trust Responsibility
  • Development of 10 year management plans, integrating tribal values
  • Education & Technical Training Developed
  • Last Mandate was the development of an Independent Assessment of Indian Forestlands every Ten-years
ifmat report
IFMAT Report
  • Secretary of Interior contracted with ITC
  • Panel of Scientist Selected
  • The first assessment had 8 question
  • Mainly aimed at finding out the state of Indian forest
  • Took 2 years to finish - finished in 1993
  • Panel visited 33 reservations
  • The report came back with ten findings and developed some recommendations for Indian Forest
ifmat report24
IFMAT Report
  • The Four Most Significant Findings

Number 1

Vision - gap between how Indian people envision their forest and how these forest have been managed

ifmat report25

IFMAT Report

Number 2

Gap in funding between Indian forest and comparable federal and private lands

Indian forestry is funded 63% of that for timber production on National Forest

50% compared to private forestry in PNW

35% compared to coordinated resource management on national forest

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IFMAT Report

Number 3

Lack of Coordinated Resource Planning

Number 4

The need for better method of setting and overseeing trust standards for Indian forestry

ifmat ii
IFMAT II
  • 2003 As mandated, re-assessment every 10 years
  • Going back over the issues from previous
ifmat ii report
IFMAT II Report

Number 1

  • 1993 - Vision - gap between how Indian people envision their forest and how these forest have been managed
  • 2003 Significant Progress
    • Cooperation between tribe / BIA
    • Management and responsibility of taken over by tribe
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IFMAT II Report

Number 2

  • 1993 - Gap in funding between Indian forest and comparable federal and private lands
  • 2003 Some Progress
    • 68% of other federal agencies
    • Mainly due to large reduction of funding for forest on the National Forests
    • Significant increase in funding for fuels management, fire preparedness and emergency stabilization on Indian forest
ifmat ii report30
IFMAT II Report

Number 3

  • 1993 - Lack of Coordinated Resource Planning
  • 2003 Some Progress
    • Funding has been more of an issue
    • Tribes and BIA are actively progressing
ifmat ii report31
IFMAT II Report

Number 4

  • 1993 - The need for better method of setting and overseeing trust standards for Indian forestry
  • 2003 Little if any Progress
    • Many issues are and will continue to go to court
    • Cobel Lawsuit
final analysis by ifmat team
Final Analysis by IFMAT Team
  • Recognized Potential for Indian forest to serve as models of sustainability for society as a whole. Due to the unique communal ownership, native lands must be used in a way that protects and enhances the resources for generations of children yet unborn because they bear the environmental and economic consequences of today…...