"American Indians and National Forests" tells the untold story of how the U.S. Forest Service and tribal nations dealt with sweeping changes in forest use, ownership, and management over the last century and a half. Indians and U.S. foresters came together over a shared conservation ethic on many cooperative endeavors; yet, they often clashed over how the nation s forests ought to be valued and cared for on matters ranging from huckleberry picking and vision quests to road building and recreation development.
All national forest lands were once Indian lands. Tribes modern-day interests in their ancestral lands run the gamut, from asserting treaty rights to hunt and fish to protecting their people s burial grounds and other sacred places to having a say in ecological restoration.
Marginalized in American society and long denied a seat at the table of public land stewardship, American Indian tribes have at last taken their rightful place and are making themselves heard. Weighing indigenous perspectives on the environment is an emerging trend in public land management in the United States and around the world. The Forest Service has been a strong partner in that movement over the past quarter century."
American Indians and the National Forests
University of Arizona Press
A History of Forest Service Tribal Relations