Department of Natural Resources

About the Department of Natural Resources

Tribal Government created the Santa Ana Department of Natural Resources (SADNR) in 1996 to develop and implement natural resource management programs that protect, preserve, and enhance natural resources for current and future tribal members. In the years that followed, the Pueblo expanded SADNR and developed six core divisions: Water Resources; Bosque Restoration; Range & Wildlife; Environmental; Conservation Enforcement; and Geographic Information Systems & Information Technology. These divisions’ primary objectives are to provide the Pueblo’s leadership with information and options for natural resource management. The SADNR Internship Program provides work and training opportunities for Santa Ana tribal members interested in pursuing careers in natural resource-related fields. As part of each of its Divisions, SADNR has employed Santa Ana tribal members for environmental monitoring and technical support.

Mission Statement

To develop and implement natural resource management programs which protect, preserve, and enhance the natural living environment for current tribal members and future generations.


  • Develop programs which assess the condition of air, water, and land resources;
  • Identify problem areas and provide tribal leadership with management options for correcting the problems;
  • Implement management plans which improve and protect the tribe’s natural resources for future generations;
  • Develop and maintain technical expertise within the tribe for managing environmental & natural resources.
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