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The parties pledge to work together by advancing and practicing teamwork; including input in the decision-making process;
communicating, coordinating, and cooperating; sharing opportunities;
promoting mutual respect, support, trust, and honesty; and sharing the leadership and ownership, the credit and the responsibility. A mutual goal is to improve our efficiency and effectiveness by putting quality first;
empowering people to make decisions; demonstrating professionalism and dedication and striving for continuous improvement.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
PERSONNELEach party is responsible for the hiring, management, supervision, development, and evaluation of its own personnel, including creating an environment that supports a diverse work force for NRCS and recognizing Tribal hiring preference in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (25 U.S.C. 497).
TRAININGThe parties will provide appropriate leadership in administrative and technical training as determined by program needs. Training also includes the orientation of all employees and official in organizational philosophies, programs, authorities, roles and responsibilities of the parties.
Parties are encouraged to offer training opportunities to each other.
Employee evaluations will be done independently by the employing organization, but others may provide input.
TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCEThe parties will work together to determine the amount of technical and administrative assistance needed and available for program delivery at each level. Such assistance may include contracts, agreements, procurement, personnel, engineering, and/or other assistance provided by the parties.
NATURAL RESOURCE PLANSThe parties will coordinate with public and private resource groups, other resource agencies, and interested parties to share information and resources in developing comprehensive natural resource plans.
RESOURCE INVENTORIESThe parties agree to identify, define, and coordinate the collection and use of resource inventory data.
The parties will cooperate in monitoring and validating the resource inventory data to assure that the data meets the needs of resource planning and evaluation processes.
INFORMATION SHARINGThe parties will designate who has responsibility for collection and maintenance of particular resource information.
Parties will agree to work toward establishing and maintaining accessible data bases.
BOUNDARIESThe parties will agree on common boundaries for program delivery.
MARKETINGThe parties will coordinate their efforts in the communication of program information to their customers.
TECHNICAL STANDARDSThe parties will adopt the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) and other science based technical standards, as appropriate.
JOB APPROVALEach party will assign conservation practice (job approval) authority to its personnel based on employee knowledge, skill and ability levels and within applicable laws and guidelines.
MAINTENANCE OF STANDARDSThe parties will develop a process to establish and maintain consistent standards.
RECORDS. FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
WORKING SPACEThe Tribe will provide office space per the FACT ACT, Title XXV, Section 2501.
EQUIPMENTThe parties agree to share equipment for common use within established guidelines and procedures.
RECORDS MANAGEMENTThe parties will define legal requirements and limitations for access and use of relevant records. The parties will agree on the maintenance, update, and disposition of relevant records.
FUNDINGThe parties will work together to maximize available resources and actively seek funding to accomplish natural resource priorities and programs.
FEE FOR SERVICESThe parties recognize that nonfederal signatories may establish procedures to collect fees, where permissible, for the delivery of such services which are not provided through federal financial or technical assistance.
TORT LIABILITYThe parties will each assume responsibility for the actions of their officials or employees acting within the scope of their employment to the extent provided by federal laws.
ACCOUNTABILITYThe parties will design and implement an outcome-based evaluation system to determine if resource and customer needs are being met.
SCOPE OF AGREEMENTAuthority to carry out specific projects or activities, such as transfer of funds, acquisition of services and property, will be established under separate agreement.
CIVIL RIGHTSThe parties will be in compliance with the nondiscrimination provisions contained in Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (Public Law 100and other nondiscrimination statutes, namely, Section 504 of the Rehabilitate Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Acts of 1975, American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and in accordance with regulations of the Secretary of Agriculture (7 CFR-15, Subparts A & B), which provide that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, marital status, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture or any agency thereof, that the Tribe may provide for Tribal hiring preference in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (U.S.C.479).
APPENDIx C This appendix provides an overview of the functions of the National Association of Conservation Districts and the State associations of conservation districts.
National Association of Conservation Districts Across the United States, nearly 3000 conservation districts are working to conserve and develop land, water, forests, wildlife and related resources for the benefit of all. More than 15,000 men and women serve on the governing bodies of districts.
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) was organized by districts and their state associations to serve as the national voice for the conservation district movement. Formed in 1946, NACD enables districts to collectively accomplish what would be difficult or impossible to accomplish individually. NACD pools district experience and develops national policies on a continuing basis. It maintains relationships with organizations and government agencies; publishes information about districts; works with leaders in agriculture, environment, industry, youth, religion and other fields; and provides services to districts through its various offices throughout the country.
NACD is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that is controlled and owned by its member districts and their state associations. It is financed by the voluntary contributions of its members.
NACD’s primary purpose is to serve its member conservation districts in the conservation, orderly development and wise use of the nation’s natural resources.
NACD believes that decisions on conservation problems should be made on the local level, by local people, based on local priorities, with technical and funding assistance provided by federal, state and local governments and the private sector. NACD represents the conservation districts at the national level, speaking and acting as their combined voice.
“Conservation -Development -Self-Government” is the theme of the district movement, symbolizing the dedication of district officials to purposeful, constructive action in the field of conservation, resource development, and grassroots leadership -fundamental to American growth and prosperity.
Additional information may be obtained from NACD at:
NACD Headquarters 509 Capitol Court NE Washington DC 20002-4937 Phone: 202-547-6223 Fax: 202-547-6450 State Associations of Conservation Districts State Associations of Conservation Districts have been formed to provide services, support and programs that also enable districts to collectively accomplish what would be difficult or impossible for individual districts to accomplish.
Specifically, districts working together as an association can exert influence with key state decision makers, including the state legislature, provide statewide information exchange, and organize and deliver specific services and programs that their member districts request.
State associations are also caretakers of state- wide policies brought forward by local conservation districts and approved by resolution by the State Association voting delegates.
APPENDIx D Included in this appendix is a list of Tribal Conservation Districts and their respective NRCS Conservationist.
The intent of this list is to provide you and your District contact people who may be able to help you in formation, development of by-laws, securing of funding or application of conservation practices on the ground. Another benefit of this list is to provide the opportunity to share ideas and unify in the effort to educate USDA Agencies of the conservation needs of Indian Country.
Tribal Conservation Districts National Directory and associated Natural Resource Conservation Service District Conservationist/Tribal Liaisons
Native Village of Tyonek Resolution No. 2005-15 Tyonek Native Corporation Resolution No. 05-15 Mutual Agreement 2005 Cooperative Working Agreements Chair: Angela Sandstol E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Temporary address Tyonek Native Corporation 1689 “C” Street Ste. 219 Anchorage AK 99501-5131 Phone: 907-646-3108; Fax: 907-274-7125 NRCS District Conservationist Crystal Leonetti Anchorage Field Office 510 L. Street, Suite 270 Anchorage, AK 99501 Phone: 907-271-2424, ext. 110; Fax: 907-271-4099 E-mail: email@example.com
Tribal Resolution #: CF-11-80, 2/7/80 Mutual Agreement: 10/21/82 updated 5/20/97 Cooperative Working Agreement: NRCS 12/3/90 updated 12/13/98 President: Anslen Joe P.O. Box 86 Lukachukai, AZ 86507 Home Phone: 928-787-2342 Work Phone: 928 787-2500 NRCS District Conservationist Lyndon Chee Chinle Field Office P.O. Box 490 Chinle, AZ 86503-4090 Phone: (928) 674-3612; Fax: (928) 674-3613 Cell Phone: 928-674-1896 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mutual Agreement: 11/28/77 updated 9/25/96 Cooperative Working Agreement: NRCS 10/15/90 updated 1/20/98 President: Frank Martinez P.O. Box 1152 Parker, AZ 85344 Phone: (928) 669-9826; Fax: (928) 669-9666 NRCS District Conservationist Jim Krahenbuhl Parker Service Center PO Box 3366 Parker, Arizona 85344-6477 Phone: (928) 669-9826; Fax: (928) 669-9666 Email: James.Krahenbuhl@az.usda.gov
Tribal Resolution #G4-164-86 Mutual Agreement 3/21/91 updated 7/18/96 Cooperative Working Agreement: NRCS 5/20/91 updated 3/19/1998 President: Gerald Brown P.O. Box 1963 Coolidge, AZ 85228 Phone: (520) 215-5774 Other: (520) 562-6719 NRCS District Conservationist Phillip F. Jacquez 805 E. Warner Rd, Ste 104 Chandler, AZ 85225 Phone: (480) 988-1078, ext. 104 ; Fax: (480) 988-1474;
Cellular: (602) 686-0887 Email: Phillip.Jacquez@az.usda.gov
Mutual Agreement 10/03 Cooperative Assistance Agreement: 5/15/02 Chair: Phillip Bravo Phone: 928-769-2241 Joel Querta Hualapai Nation Department of Natural Resources PO Box 300 Peach Springs, Arizona 86434 Phone: (928) 769-2254; Fax: (928) 769-2309 e-mail NRCS District Conservationist vacant Kingman Field Office 101 East Beale Street, Suite C Kingman, Arizona 86401-5827 Phone: (928) 753-6183; Fax: (928) 753-3254 Cell Phone 928-606-4273
Tribal Resolution #: CF-11-80, 2/7/80 Mutual Agreement: 4/10/81 updated 5/20/97 Cooperative Working Agreement: NRCS 11/10/90 updated 8/20/99 President: John David CPO Box 3832 Tuba City, AZ 86045 NRCS District Conservationist Felix Nez Dilkon Field Office HC 63, P.O. Box 6087 Winslow, AZ 86047 Phone: (928) 657-3251; Fax: (928) 657-3288 Cellular: (928) 606-9348 Email: Felix.Nez@az.usda.gov
Tribal Resolution #: H-157-96 Mutual Agreement: 4/21/97 Cooperative Working Agreement: NRCS 4/28/97
NRCS District Conservationist Leonard Notah P.O. Box 158 Keams Canyon, AZ 86034 Phone: (928) 738-5667; Fax: (928) 738-5558 Cell Phone: 928-206-6337 Email: Leonard.Notah@AZ.usda.gov
Tribal Resolution #: CF-11-80, 2/7/80 Mutual Agreement: 5/26/82 updated 5/20/97 Cooperative Working Agreement: NRCS 12/3/91 updated 12/18/97 President: Lena Clisto P.O. Box 429 Kayenta, AZ 86033 928-697-8482 NRCS District Conservationist Jerry Gilmore Kayenta Field Office P.O. Box 429 Kayenta, AZ 86033 Phone: (928) 697-8482; Fax: (928) 697-8486 Cellular: (928) 606-9352 Email: Jerry.Gilmore@az.usda.gov san Carlos apaCHe naTural resourCes ConservaTion DisTriCT Established 1988 Tribal Resolution #: MA-93-91 Mutual Agreement: 2/19/88 updated 6/27/96 Cooperative Working Agreement: NRCS 10/31/90 President: Steve Titla 245 S. Hill St., P.O. Box 1143 Globe, AZ 85502 Phone: (928) 425-8137; Fax: (928) 425-9048 NRCS District Conservationist Mohammed Zerkoune San Carlos Field Office c/o Globe Soil Survey Office PO Box 2538 Globe, AZ 85502-2538 Phone: (928) 402-0940; Fax: (928) 402-0941 Cell Phone: 520-471-4363 Email: email@example.com