Our fire practices are fundamentally place-based, applicable to each community’s ancestral territory. As such, the IPBN is not designed to train fire practitioners in mainstream fire systems designed for mobile firefighting. Many of our community members excel at firefighting as part of the much-needed federal fire workforce, and many tribal governments have highly respected fire and fuels crews that serve throughout the U.S. While we honor those crews and the programs that support them, our role is fundamentally different: to sustain permanent, place-based Indigenous fire cultures.