Natural Resources

Natural Resources

The distinct cultures of Tribal Nations are highly integrated into our environments, with many Tribal cultures and economies heavily dependent on environmental and subsistence resources. Disturbances to these environments, which extend beyond the boundaries of individual reservations, have proven to disrupt the survival of Tribal cultures and subsistence lifestyles. In fulfillment of the trust obligation, the federal government has a responsibility to ensure the protection of Tribal environments and resources by recognizing and upholding the inherent sovereign status of Tribal Nations. As sovereigns, Tribal Nations must be able to exercise our authority by enacting and administering important regulatory programs over our homelands. These authorities must not be subject to or diminished by state regulatory standards which do not have authority over Tribal lands and could threaten crucial Tribal or federal protections for our environment and resources.

 

Comments

2021

2020

 

Joint Letters

2021

 

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