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 2020 NAFWS National Conference is postponed. The planned dates of May 4-7, 2020 will be rescheduled possibly for later in the year. We are following protocol for the outbreak of the COVID-19 and taking preventative measures for all.

The NAFWS National Conference committee will work on rescheduling the conference and we will post this information when it becomes available. In the meantime, please check our website: https://nafws.org

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thorstensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (303)905-1250.

House Democrats Push for Millions of Restoration and Resilience Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Deb Haaland (D-NM), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) urged House Leadership to include a “Restoration and Resilience Jobs” program in future economic recovery packages.

As unemployment surges past 30 million American workers, millions of good paying jobs can be created restoring natural resources and bolstering community resilience. Restoration investments generate more jobs compared to other alternatives, because most of the investment goes towards labor, rather than materials. An analysis of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed conservation investments generated 15 to 33 jobs per million dollars and an economic return of $2.40 for every $1 invested.

Native American Tribes,

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (Society) is requesting that your tribe submit a Letter of Support for the Recovery of America's Wildlife Act (RAWA) by October 11, 2019. This letter can be sent to the two main sponsors (Fortenberry & Dingell) of the bill. You can also submit letters to your state's Senators and Representatives asking them to sign on as co-sponsors or at least cc them onto your letter of support. Please go to Congress.gov - HR 3742 Recovering America's Wildlife Act of 2019 to see the list of current co-sponsors which is changing daily.

We are asking that you email a copy of your support letters to Garrit Voggesser (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of the National Wildlife Federation; we want to know who is submitting them so we can continue to contact tribes that might not be getting the information or Julie Thorstenson, Executive Director for the NAFWS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), if you have any questions or need assistance.

You may view RAWA Fact Sheet here.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has updated its African swine fever (ASF) strategic plan and expanded it into a full response plan as part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen response capabilities in the event of an outbreak. This new plan—USDA APHIS ASF Response Plan: The Red Book May 2020—elevates preparedness activities in the United States, particularly given USDA’s recent Veterinary Services’ National Training and Exercise Program’s ASF activities. The Red Book is a comprehensive response plan for the United States in the event of an ASF incursion in the country. To view or download the Red Book, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/fadprep.