Providing highly technical skilled jobs managing our forest 90% of which are tribal members
The Yakama people traditionally are taught they come from the land and that they are part of the land. There is a multi-generational history tied to the land and surrounding environment. Livelihoods are tied to these resources, which is why it is so critical to care for these lands.
These values and the inherent respect it commands have been passed through oral tradition for generations. Oral tradition in the Yakama culture plays a defining role in passing on the knowledge of natural resources and the personal, spiritual and family connections to those resources.
We consider the land given to us by the Creator for the use by the Yakama People and a heritage to be held and protected for unborn generations.
Native American-owned forest and woodlands provide more than $40 million in annual Tribal governmental revenue and 19,000 jobs for families and communities across Tribal Country (Tribal Forests and Forestry Background, ITC 2012).
Beyond reacting to disasters such as wildfire in a positive way to reduce losses, YFP remains an economic tool for the Yakama Nation to provide meaningful and skilled jobs to members and families as well as an opportunity to care for the health of the forest lands of Reservation.