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Leveraging Co-Management and Co-Stewardship

As Tribes enter into “co-management” and “co-stewardship” agreements with federal entities, it is increasingly important for these agreements to be centered on Tribal Sovereignty, values, and interests. Investment in capacity-building and project implementation is also needed for long-term sustainability and success.

To support this growing field of work, First Nations is developing a national platform for Tribal co-management and co-stewardship resources that builds upon past experiences, best practices, and models to inspire innovation for future opportunities. The platform offers a variety of resources to support Tribes through the various stages of co-management and co-stewardship — from negotiations, planning, and implementation, to monitoring — by providing grants, technical assistance, peer-networking opportunities, trainings, webinars, and publications.


Webinar Series

This webinar series is designed for Tribal representatives and federal agency staff who are interested in or pursing a co-management or co-stewardship agreement on federal lands.

The series is made possible with support from the Doris Duke Foundation and the USDA  Forest Service as part of First Nations’ Tribal Co-management and Co-stewardship project, which aims to provide greater support to Tribes to access land through innovative stewardship approaches.

Webinar 1: Tribal Co-Management and Co-Stewardship: 101, Wednesday, February 28, 2024 

In this webinar, guest speakers Monte Mills and Martin Nie provide a brief history of tribal co-management and co-stewardship and explanations for how they differ. Also presented are an overview of opportunities available under various federal authorities, considerations for capacity-building and pathways for effective implementation, and how to strengthen agreements to protect tribal values and interests.

Access the recording and presentation materials.

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Grant Opportunity

To support tribal co-management and co-stewardship planning, First Nations is providing grants and technical assistance to Tribes entering into co-stewardship or co-management agreements with a federal agency for the purpose of land stewardship. Through a competitive RFP process First Nations will award five grants of $75,000 to Tribes over seven months to support co-management and co-stewardship planning. Learn more and apply here.

This work is supported in part by the Doris Duke Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.