IDRS, Inc. is a national Indian governed non-profit organization founded in 1989 by five well-known national and regional Indian organizations: California Indian Legal Services, First Nations Development Institute, the Seventh Generation Fund, Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority, and Round Valley Indian Reservation. Today, we have our headquarters in Sacramento, California. Our Board of Directors consists of seven prominent Indian leaders from throughout the country.
IDRS Inc. assists American Indian communities build the foundations for effective self-government. Under the banner of: “working things out by talking things through”, our primary contribution to Indian Country is to introduce a “collaborative problem-solving process” that brings people together and supports them to systematically address and solve the urgent challenges confronting their communities today.
IDRS offers leadership training in cross-cultural communication, negotiation, mediation and Board management skills. We also provide direct services in facilitation, conflict resolution, strategic action planning, and resource mobilization. Both the training program and the services are designed as personal and community-based transformative learning experiences.
In late Spring of 2010, IDRS entered into a formal MOU with the Forest Service to jointly promote and support: (a) greater use of the Tribal Forest Protection Act (TFPA) as a framework for collaboration between agencies, tribes and IDRS; (b) more emphasis on involving Indian Tribes in restoring forest health on National Forests; and (c) the development of forest-related businesses (e.g. forest restoration crews, converting biomass into energy, pellets and wood chips, etc) and year round green jobs on Indian reservations.