TRIBAL ALLIANCE FOR POLLINATORS
Tribal Alliance for Pollinators (TAP) is a new Native-led nonprofit organization that unites traditional ecological knowledge with cutting edge technical resources to create an innovative model for conservation and restoration of tribal lands. It provides hands-on training and technical support for tribes that want to help threatened pollinators and to preserve the native plants that serve as the foundation for Indigenous cultural, medicinal and culinary traditions. Additionally, TAP has a seed bank and a lending library of equipment to facilitate the installation of the native plant plugs at restoration plots. This library includes specialized mobile clearing equipment, gas-powered planting augers and mobile watering tanks, and is available at no cost for TAP tribal partners to use.
TAP was born out of the groundswell of support generated by Tribal Environmental Action for Monarchs (TEAM), a coalition of seven tribal partners — Chickasaw, Seminole, Citizen Potawatomi, Muscogee Creek, Osage, Eastern Shawnee and Miami Nations — who began restoring monarch habitat on their lands in 2015 with the assistance of Monarch Watch and the Euchee Butterfly Farm. The TEAM coalition has restored over 60,000 milkweeds and 40,000 native wildflowers to date on 2250 acres of habitat.