Cultural Orientation and Working with Tribal Governments
Respect for the Natural World
One important theme within many Native American cultures is a strong connection to all aspects of the natural world. It is important for federal employees to understand that the vitality of Native American cultures, religions, and the environment are often inextricably linked. The resulting sense of responsibility often affects the way that they approach and evaluate programs that impact the natural world.
A subsistence lifestyle is still practiced by many tribal members. This may involve utilizing natural resources for subsistence fishing, farming, ranching, hunting and gathering, and for the maintenance of spiritual and physical health. When planning or implementing federal programs, impacts on natural resources are critical to consider.