In the late 1800s, John Wesley Powell, the second director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), followed his interest in the tribes of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau and studied their cultures, languages, and surroundings. From that early time, the USGS has recognized the importance of Native knowledge and living in harmony with nature as complements to the USGS mission to better understand the Earth. Combining traditional ecological knowledge with empirical studies allows the USGS and Native American governments, organizations, and people to increase their mutual understanding and respect for this land. The USGS is the earth and natural science bureau within the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). The USGS does not have regulatory or land management responsibilities.
Posted August 2008
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Marcus, S.M., 2008, U.S. Geological Survey activities related to American Indians and Alaska Natives, fiscal year 2006: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1326, 114 p.
List of Tribes or Tribal Governments Mentioned in the Report
Organizations or Events Related to American Indians or Alaska Natives in the Report
States Mentioned in the Report
Most Notable Achievements of Fiscal Year 2006
Education and Training
Resources and Environment