About Our Tribal Partnerships

Several new projects are underway in the Blackfeet, Fort Belknap, and Crow Nations. More tribal community work may develop in Flathead, Northern Cheyenne, Rocky Boy and Fort Peck in upcoming months. This work is funded through a Landscape Scale Restoration Grant.

As part of an ongoing partnership, the CSKT Forestry Tribal Nursery purchased approximately 300 tree seedlings, and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program provided continued business support toward culturally significant and native plants, maintaining contacts and resources for bringing these plants into tribal communities across the state. UCF also worked this spring with the Crow Nation and community of Wyola with functional tree plantings for community spaces, removal and mitigation of hazard trees, and training and equipment for workforce development. This included technical assistance and assessment of community trees for future maintenance and removal needs. UCF provided approximately 150 trees in total, planting over 60 along a new community walking path, with the remaining trees donated to community members. Provided at the same event were supplies, equipment and training for use of an Alaskan Sawmill, a portable version to create wood products on site. A partnering arborist contractor donated his equipment and time to split and donate cords of firewood to the community. He also trained members of the Mighty Few Community Group to operate and maintain the sawmill. Wyola’s newly trained operators for the portable sawmill will create wood for various utilization and potential businesses. Some of the wood milled will be used in ADA-accessible ramps for homes and the community center.


Wyola, Crow Nation

This film is part of the Life in the Land [lifeintheland.org] series. Jamie Kirby, UCF Program Manager, assisted with tree plantings for their new Community Walking Path.

Blackfeet Community College (BFCC)

BFCC's goal is to be a part of the balance and not separate. The partnership between BFCC with the DNRC and Forest Service is continually growing.  Watch this short video for a brief overview of what BFCC has and is doing as forest stewards.

Blackfeet Nation

Blackfeet Community College (BFCC) has been hosting Arbor Day Celebrations on campus. BFCC has been recognized as the first Tribal Nation Tree City USA community in 2021, is the first of its kind in the country.  Then, in 2023, BFCC was recognized as Tree City of the WORLD! They are the only Tribal Nation in the world to have this recognition. Over 1,500 seedlings were given away during this latest recognition and Arbor Day Celebration.

Crow Nation and Community of Wyola

The Crow reservation partnered with the DNRC to beautify their community walking path.  This was done by planting over 50 news trees that will later provide shade and protection for future generations.  Residents also learned how to mill the old dead trees to be able to utilize the wood for structures within the community.

Governor's Annual Tribal Relations Report

"The annual Tribal Relations Report commemorates the accomplishments of the State and Indian Nations of Montana. The Governor presents the report to the Indian Nations of Montana in fulfillment of the requirements of MCA 2-15-143, which became law based upon HB 608 sponsored by then Senator Jonathan Windy Boy in 2003. Senator Windy Boy's bill formalized the fundamental principle and integrity of the government-to-government relationship between the State and Tribal Nations of Montana." - Office of the Governor, Indian Affairs