Division of Natural Resources: (605) 226-7621
The Division provides services related to planning, coordinating, and evaluating programs in the field of natural resource management and provides assistance to protect and enhance the value of the Indian agronomic, environmental, and natural resources. Emphasis is placed on maximizing income while maintaining and/or improving the Indian resources on trust lands and managing the Indian natural resources through technical assistance to BIA agency offices, tribes, individual Indian landowners, and operators of trust properties.
Division personnel provide technical assistance on a broad spectrum of natural resource issues including: dam safety, range management, wildland fire management, geographical information system (GIS) mapping and tribal trust land information, water resources, and fish, wildlife and recreation issues.
This Division also provides to field agencies and tribes, technical assistance, and oversight of Public Law 93-638 contracts. This assistance and oversight is in support of the BIA goal for promoting Indian self-determination.
Natural Resource Management There are 6 million acres of trust land with more than 1200 permitted range units and 8000 farm/pasture leases in the Great Plains Region. The Division of Natural Resources provides technical assistance to BIA Agencies and Great Plains Tribes in the development of:
Integrated Resource Management Plans (IRMP) Integrated Resource Management Plans covering all land and natural resource uses within the Reservation have been promoted by BIA
Agricultural Resource Management Plans (ARMP) ARMP covering all agricultural resource uses within the Reservation is required to be developed in accordance with an IRMP for agricultural land pursuant to the American Indian Agricultural Resource Management Act of 1993.
Conservation plans for each permit/lease A Conservation Plan to protect the trust land used for agricultural purposes must be developed in accordance with the ARMP for each permits/leases in the Region.
Agriculture and Rangeland Management
- Rangeland Management
- Range management and operation
- Range leasing and permitting
- Noxious weed controlBlack Cow
- Biocontrol projects throughout region
- Initiation of a bio-control distribution center in Great Plains Region
- Noxious weed control coordination and study
- Forestry Management PlansNoxious Weed Control
- Timber sales analysis and preparation
Wildland Fire Management
Conduct about 45 Prescribed burns annually for 10,000 acres
Wildland fire response and All Risk response
Fire Prevention –
Fire training provided through Region and Nation. Fire GIS Specialist provides technical assistance for GIS development and use. Fire Archeologist provides cultural and traditional use protection for fire projects. Fire Dispatcher is supported at the Great Plains Dispatch Center as part of Inter Agency Coordination.
Water Resource Management
Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation