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.



Native American youth are our future. If we want their leadership in the future, we need to get them interested in natural resources. As a natural resources organization, the NAFWS has successfully connected hundreds of Native American high school students with its program held in the mountains of Colorado since 1991. Utilizing the natural setting of the outdoors, the students learn and take part in classes taught by Native American role model/professionals and tribal elders. Many of these teachers are also members of the NAFWS.


Since 1992, the Summer Youth Practicum philosophy has evolved into the following: Future development of tribal leaders; Producing knowledgeable and educated professionals; Utilizing Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Supporting tribal sovereignty; Supporting community-based education; and encouraging/supporting progress toward higher education.

2019 NAFWS Southwest Region Natural Resources Youth Practicum - Announcement

APPLICATION to apply for the Southwest Practicum