A national Native American non-profit organization, the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society, serves as a communication medium for self-determined Native American fish and wildlife managers.

We serve as a communication network between tribal, federal, and state fish and wildlife management entities.


The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society recognize tribal biologists that are working with a Native American tribe and who are in good standing and best exemplify his/her dedication and hard work. Nominations are accepted each year for the Biologist of the Year and these persons are recognized during the NAFWS National Conference.

  1. AWARDEES 2010 - 2020
  2. AWARDEES 1999 - 2009

2018 - Elaine Harvey, Yakama Nation Natural Resources Department
2017 - CO-AWARDEES: Michael Bisbee, Jr.
                                   Tuianna Moliga,
                                   Nez Perce Tribe, Dept. of Fisheries Resource Management
2016 - Brian Saluskin, Yakama Nation Fisheries Department
2012 – Kristin Peet, Big Game Biologist, Penobscot Indian Nation
2011 – Krista Beazley, White Mountain Apache Tribe Wolf Program

2009 – David Wolf, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
2008 – Gene Shippentower, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
2006 – Lawrence Abeita, Southern Pueblos Agency, Isleta Tribal Member
2004 – Diane Mann-Klager, Bureau of Indian Affairs, NEPA, Aberdeen Area
2003 – Larry Schwarzkopf, Fond du Lac Tribe Natural Resources
2002 – Shaun Grassel, Lower Brule Sioux, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation
2001 – David Johnson, Department of Fisheries Resources Management, Nez Perce Tribe
1999 – Patricia Heemsah, Yakama Nation, Spotted Owl Project