Tribal Government Consultation
The tribal monitoring program addresses conditions, trends, and access to resources protected by treaty or of interest to American Indian tribes, the condition of and access to religious and cultural heritage site, and the quality of the government-to-government relationship. The basic monitoring questions are:
- How well and to what degree is government-to-government consultation being conducted under the Northwest Forest Plan?
- Have the goals and objectives of the consultation been achieved?
- Is the consultation occurring because of effects on resources of tribal interest on federal lands or trust resources on tribal lands?
Monitoring information is collected using a standardized questionnaire format during formal, face-to-face consultations between tribal government representatives and federal agency officials. Interviews will be conducted with all 76 federally recognized Indian tribes affected by Northwest Forest Plan direction.