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.

2020 NAFWS Environmental Awareness Summer Youth Practicum - July 20-25, 2020

  1. Informational Flyer
  2. Application

July 20 - 25, 2020

YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO


The SYP is designed to provide Native American students (incoming 10th – 12th grade) an opportunity to gain hands-on
and in-lecture experience in the interdisciplinary components of natural resource management and Indigenous
knowledge. One of the goals of the NAFWS is to educate Native American youth to understand the importance of
professional natural resource management and the interconnectedness to culture, as well as encourage them to
continue their education and pursue careers in the natural resource fields.

Are you an incoming 10th – 12th grader or do you know of someone that will be in the 10th – 12th grade that is interested in
learning more about: Natural Resources? Wildlife? Recreation? Fish? Rivers? Traditional Ecological Knowledge? Range
Management? Forestry? Watershed? Tribal Lands? Sacred Areas? OR the preservation, protection, conservation,
enhancement of natural resources? Then, the SYP is for YOU! Please Apply!


Interested students may apply by the April 10, 2020 deadline. Required application materials are here:


  • Essay submission requirement
  • Recommendation Letters required
  • Student Contract
  • Picture Release Statement
  • Parent/Guardian Information
  • Parent/Guardian Contract


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.