Welcome to the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
Indigenous Connections Website!

Indigenous peoples have stewarded the land and waters of what is now known as the United States since time immemorial. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) partners with Tribes across the country to manage the conservation of fish and wildlife.

This website documents the past, present, and future of this important collaborative effort. Here, you’ll find opportunities for Indigenous youth to learn about and become involved in conservation, educational videos covering a wide variety of topics related to Indigenous stewardship and land connections, guidelines for using land acknowledgements, information on Tribal histories of current-day wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries, and a listing of key partnerships between USFWS and Tribes.

NYCALC

Learn about and apply for the annual Native Youth Climate Adaptation and Leadership Congress 

Natural Resource Careers for Indigenous Youth

Discover federal, non-profit, for-profit, and educational career paths in outdoor recreation and conservation

Indigenous Connection Broadcasts

Watch videos that cover a wide variety of topics related to Indigenous conservation and history

Land Acknowledgement Guide

Learn about the practice of acknowledging Indigenous connections to the land 

NYCALC

Learn about and apply for the annual Native Youth Climate Adaptation and Leadership Congress

Natural Resource Careers for Indigenous Youth

Discover federal, non-profit, for-profit, and educational career paths in outdoor recreation and conservation

Indigenous Connections Broadcasts

Watch videos that cover a wide variety of topics related to Indigenous conservation and history

Land Acknowledgement Guide

Learn about the practice of acknowledging Indigenous connections to the land