Established in 1976, the ITC is a nonprofit nation-wide consortium of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and individuals dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities. The ITC works cooperatively with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), private industry, and academia to explore issues and identify practical strategies and initiatives to promote social, economic and ecological values while protecting and utilizing forests, soil, water, and wildlife. Over 60 tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations currently belong to the ITC.
The purpose of the Intertribal Timber Council is to:
- Promote Sound, Economic Management of Indian Forests
- Facilitate Communication
- Work in Partnership with the BIA and Others Interested in Improving the Management of Indian Natural Resources
- Help Establish Natural Resource Based Business Enterprises
- Encourage the Training and Development of Indian Foresters
- Publish an Indian Forestry & Natural Resources Directory
- Convenes an Annual Timber Symposium to explore problems and solutions to current issues confronting Indian natural resource management.
- Offers training sessions on current topics of interest to Indian resource managers and tribal officials.
- Monitors current natural resource management related legislative, administrative and legal issues of importance to tribal communities
- Publishes a newsletter three times per year.
- Awards annually the Truman D. Picard Scholarships to outstanding students, and the Earle R. Wilcox Memorial Awards for excellence in Indian natural resource management.
Membership: General membership is offered to tribes for $250 annually; Associate membership is offered to individuals and other organizations for $25 annually.