Forest Supervisor receives recognition for work with local, area tribes

<i>Photo/Kaibab National Forest</i><br>
Mae Franklin, Mike Williams and Dan Meza display a Navajo wedding basket Meza presented Williams.

<i>Photo/Kaibab National Forest</i><br> Mae Franklin, Mike Williams and Dan Meza display a Navajo wedding basket Meza presented Williams.

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Mike Williams, Kaibab National Forest Supervisor, received an award Oct. 15 for his personal support of the Forest Tribal Relations Program and regional contributions to the program. The award was presented at the Kaibab All Employees Appreciation Event held on the Williams Ranger District.

During the event, Dan Meza, Regional Office Tribal Relations, presented Williams with a Navajo wedding basket. The basket is used to recognize the union of a relationship. "Mike recognizes the unique relationship between the forest and tribes," Meza said.  "He values their opinions, perspectives and participates in dialogue because he genuinely feels the relationship is valuable and important."

Williams travels widely to consult with tribal representatives at Havasupai, Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Hualapai. He went to Havasupai and Hualapai to commemorate the signing of Memorandums of Understanding with these two tribes. He also toured with Hopi representatives to look at potential kiva reconstruction projects at their villages using forest timber products.

According to Meza, district rangers on the Kaibab National Forest have strong relationships with tribes because of Williams' encouragement and support, despite challenging issues. He supports Tribal Relations Program managers by listening to issues and their recommendations for resolutions to difficult problems.

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