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Osage Nation in Oklahoma to receive $185,511 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants Program to help protect American Burying Beetle

American Burying Beetle, photo by Holger Gröschl

American Burying Beetle, photo by Holger Gröschl

May 13, 2014 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced Tribal Wildlife Grants Program awards to federally recognized tribes in 15 states to fund a wide range of fish and wildlife conservation projects. The Osage Nation in Oklahoma was awarded $185,511 to help protect the American Burying Beetle. For a complete list of awards, click here.

“Tribal nations share our conservation challenges in the United States,” said Service Director Dan Ashe.  “The Tribal Wildlife Grants Program creates opportunities for tribes to build conservation capacity and for us to work together in a variety of ways, including species restoration, fish passage, protection of migratory birds and efforts to cope with the long-term effects of a changing climate.”

Tribes have received more than $64 million through the Tribal Wildlife Grants Program since 2003, providing support for more than 380 conservation projects administered by participating federally recognized tribes. These grants provide technical and financial assistance for development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources, including nongame species and their habitats.

The grants provide tribes opportunities to develop increased management capacity, improve and enhance relationships with partners (including state agencies), address cultural and environmental priorities and heighten tribal students’ interest in fisheries, wildlife and related fields of study.  A number of grants have been awarded to support recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species.

The grants are provided exclusively to federally recognized tribal governments and are made possible under the 2002 Related Agencies Appropriations Act through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. Proposals for the 2015 grant cycle are due Sept. 2, 2014.

For information about projects and the Tribal Wildlife Grants application process, visit http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html.