Did you know?

Nearly 3 billion birds have been lost in North America since 1970. Roughly 25% of those were grassland birds.

Human Environment

The Northern Great Plains is the ancestral home to approximately 27 indigenous tribes or bands. Today, there are 15 sovereign Native Nations in the greater Northern Great Plains region:

Blackfeet Nation Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Crow Nation
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Aaniiih and Nakoda Nation Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation
Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Northern Cheyenne Tribe
Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation Chippewa Cree Tribe Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Yankton Sioux Tribe


The Northern Great Plains depends on a rural economy. Almost 75% of the region is in private ownership, with the large majority in ranching and farming operations. Most of the federal and state lands in the region are in small sections, interspersed with private lands and leased by producers to complement their fee title lands. Human population numbers are low, with relatively few landowners stewarding large tracts of range and croplands. In many counties, human population numbers are declining.

NGPJV partners honor and respect the voices and traditions of all people who live and work in the NGP geography. We operate in partnership with communities and individuals to find conservation solutions that work for local people and place. By investing in rural communities, NGPJV partners help support vibrant communities leading to good schools, medical care, and other services. To reach an audience beyond the NGP and showcase the people, wildlife, and landscapes of the region, we developed a communications framework to guide our messaging and outreach.