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SISNAR Internship Program

The Student Interns in Support of Native American Relations (SISNAR) program provides student interns work opportunities on current USGS projects directly related to, and preferably on, Native American tribal lands, assisting Tribes with natural resource research issues including water, hazards, fish and wildlife, and climate change. These mutually beneficial projects also serve to build upon or create new relationships with Native American Tribes. Through an internal competitive process, the USGS Office of Tribal Relations tribal liaison team solicits internal proposals and selects USGS projects that most benefit the Tribe on whose land the research is being conducted (each Tribe must provide written support for the internship) and that will provide meaningful internship experiences that educate students about management of tribal natural resources.

2016 SISNAR Awardees

  1. Greg Clark
  2. Patrick Connolly
  3. Tabitha Graves
  4. Greg Pederson
  5. Elena Nilsen
  6. Steve Rubin
  7. Joanna Thamke


The USGS provides technical training in geospatial information, hydrology, wildlife diseases, and other topics, depending on available needs and resources. The USGS has also developed and held a Tribal Relations Training course for its employees to facilitate positive interactions with Tribes.

Additional information on training activities.

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