TEK and tribal-federal collaboration : three case studies in the western United States Public Deposited

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  • The goal of this research is to understand factors influencing the use of TEK in natural resource management collaborations between tribes and federal agencies. This includes what evidence exists that TEK is being used, what tribal factors influence the use of TEK, what agency factors influence the use of TEK, and how different collaborative arrangements influence the use of TEK. This research uses a case study approach and multiple sources of data to understand three collaborative agreements between American Indian Tribes and Federal Agencies in natural resource management. The three case studies consist of one case representing a co-management agreement and two cases representing contractual agreements. Data sources include interviews with tribal and federal managers and decision makers, the observation of management practices and meetings, and the analysis of secondary data such as meeting minutes and project implementation documents including the written agreement, communication protocols, and NEPA documents. Findings from this research indicate that TEK can be incorporated into natural resource management through a collaborative agreement. However, tribes need to be clear on how TEK is defined and how it is going to be applied. Failure to do so may jeopardize the agreement by introducing conflict into the project. Furthermore, the findings also tell us that the distribution of power, organizational capacity and the collaborative process impact the success of the collaborative agreements.
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