“Honoring Our Past; Serving Our Tribal Family; Protecting Our Culture and Independence; and Controlling Our Future Through Stewardship and Conservation of Our Cultural and Natural Resources.”
To protect the cultural and natural resources of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and to ensure that the heritage of our people will provide oversight in the management of our natural resources for future generations.
1. To develop principles, tribal laws, plans and policies by promoting a comprehensive and cultural approach to conservation, enhancement and management of all our natural resources.
2. To establish the Committee as meaningful participants at the policy level.
3. To ensure healthy cultural and natural resources to the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal citizens for ceremonial and subsistence purposes.
Description of Services:
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Fish and Game Committee was officially formed and members sworn into office on December 09, 2011. In August 2018, the Committee agreed to change the name of the committee to the Natural Resources & Harvesting Committee, in order to encompass a wider variety of resource issues. The Standing Committee Policy establishes duties and powers of the Committee and ascertains that it is an advisory board to the TDN Tribal Council (which retains the ultimate authority to address these issues).
Duties of the committee include advisement and consultation of the following:
• Conservation and management of the Tribe’s cultural resources, natural resources, and lands;
• Annual and seasonal harvesting regulations;
• Harvesting methods & take of flora and fauna;
• Fire management;
• Invasive species removal;
• Habitat restoration;
• Water quality;
• TDN (in-house) & external projects;
• Plans, policies, and laws;
• Distribution of information to Tribal citizens and TDN Tribal Council; and
• Additional concerns from the Tribal community regarding the Tribe’s natural resources
Management of our natural resources and the strategic development of guidelines and policies for TDN citizens involve many areas and levels of expertise to completely, and consistently, protect TDN inherent rights.
Appointed Committee Members:
• Jaytuk Steinruck, Chair
• Kurt Miller, Vice Chair
• Eric Brundin
• Troy Travis
• Don James
• Tyler Travis
The Committee holds one regular meeting per month to accommodate committee involvement of Tribal members.
One issue of continual discussion and evaluation is the Tribal management of our resources and what impact it will have in the way of jurisdiction. Dialog and communication is a Tribal management tool that will influence effective conservation management.
It is imperative that all levels of Tribal government work towards strengthening sovereignty for the benefit of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.