Agriculture Resource Management Plan


Scope of Work

The purposes of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Agricultural Resource Management Plan (ARMP) are to:

  1.     Manage and monitor Indian agricultural lands;
  2.     Protect, conserve and maintain the highest sustainable productive potential of Indian agricultural lands.
  3.     Increase production and expand the diversity and availability of Indian agricultural products;
  4.     Assist trust and restricted Indian landowners in leasing or permitting their agricultural lands for reasonable annual return consistent with prudent management and conservation practices


The ARMP will:

  1.     Identify available agricultural resources;
  2.     Identify specific tribal goals and objectives for the resources;
  3.     Define critical values of the tribe and its members;
  4.     Establish holistic management objectives for the resources;
  5.     Be developed through public meetings;
  6.     Make use of the public meeting records, existing survey documents, reports, and other research from federal agencies, tribal community colleges, and land grant universities.


ARMP Development

The following are general phases and steps to develop and implement an ARMP.

  1.     Preplanning
    1.     Secure a tribal resolution to support planning
    2.     Develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    3.     Form an interdisciplinary team (IDT) and define member roles and assignments
    4.     Develop a schedule for completing the plan
    5.     Develop a workload analysis and budget relative to the plan

2.    Plan Initiation

a.    List available agriculture resources (i.e., prepare resource profiles -acres of rangeland, farmland, etc.); collect baseline data and information on current and historic land uses and resource condition           

b.    Arrange for specialists to prepare any required NEPA section(s) of the plan




3.    Public Involvement    

a.     Publicly announce the planning process and schedule

b.    Conduct a public meeting(s) to identify critical values, vision, issues, concerns, interests, opportunities, and limitations

c.    Identify specific tribal agricultural resource goals and holistic management objectives


4.    Development of Management Strategies

a.     Analyze input from public meetings and resource specialists.

b.    Compile information to define a management strategy, or alternatives if  incorporating the NEPA process

c.    Develop environmental consequences section and related documents for NEPA, if required


5.    Plan Completion

a.    Responsible official selects an alternative if incorporating the NEPA process, or approves the plan and proposed budgets

b.    Responsible official issues Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSJ) or Record of Decision (ROD), as applicable

c.    Modify preliminary planning if changes arc necessary to support selection of alternative and/or issue of FONSI/ROD.


6.    ARMP Implementation

a.   Distribute the ARMP

b.    Align BLA and tribal policies and programs with the ARMP

c.    Develop conservation plans or other planning required to support the ARMP


7.    ARMP Monitoring

a.       Develop and implement a monitoring plan

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c.       Adapt the monitoring plan and/or the ARMP as needed




ARMP Content

-       Cover Page

-       Tribal Resolution

-       Content outlined as

I.              Executive Summary

II.            Purpose and Need

III.           Agricultural Resources (Affected Environment)

IV.          Tribal Agricultural Goals and Management Objectives (Alternatives)

V.            Environmental Consequences

VI.          Adoption of the plan by the Tribe and BIA

VII.         Implementation



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A. Swallow, ARMP Coordinator