CONSERVATION Native fish, wildlife and their habitat
ODFW Tribal Relations
ODFW’s mission closely aligns with the history and culture of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. ODFW partners with federally recognized tribes through management agreements and other shared commitments that protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats while supporting tribal self-determination and cultural expression.
The Oregon Legislature adopted Senate Bill 770 in the 2001 Legislative session. This law directs state agencies to promote government-to-government relations with Oregon’s federally recognized tribes, and to develop and implement policies that include the consideration of tribal interests in the development and implementation of state programs that may affect tribes.
ODFW’s Tribal Government Relations Policy promotes government-to-government relations between ODFW and Oregon’s federally recognized Indian tribes. ODFW recognizes and respects the sovereign status of Oregon’s federally recognized Tribes and their respective authorities on tribal lands.