Other TSF Tribal Partnership Projects

The Sierra Fund is advancing, or seeking funds to advance, the following projects.

Developing Respectful Informed Collaboration Guidance

The Sierra Fund heard from many tribal partners a growing concern about agencies, nonprofits, and other partners not understanding best practices for creating respectful informed tribal collaboration. Respectful informed collaboration with Tribes for The Sierra Fund means going beyond land acknowledgment, or checkbox style consultation, to create an active reciprocal and ongoing relationship. Working with a tribe is not the same as working with an agency, nonprofit, or corporation. We are seeking input from tribal partners to develop a guidance document for The Sierra Fund. We may offer this document or other tools for consideration to our other non-tribal partners, in the spirit of advancing thriving partnerships for all.

Morning fieldwork huddle in Clover Valley

Exploring a Cultural Resource Management Framework

The Sierra Fund has learned of multiple instances where tribes have had difficulties getting effective co-management agreements of their ancestral homelands on federal lands in the Sierra Nevada. We are fundraising now, and hope to create a cultural resource management framework with tribal partners modeled on other successful tribal agreements around the West. This framework could be offered by tribes, if desired, to federal land managers to explore creating co-management that tribes find more effective in restoring their ecological and cultural relationships with ancestral Sierra lands.

two men felling a small tree