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EPA American Indian Environmental Office AIEO leads EPA's efforts to protect human health and the environment of federally recognized tribes. The American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) leads EPA's efforts to protect human health and the environment of federally recognized tribes by supporting implementation of federal environmental laws consistent with the federal trust responsibility, the government-to-government relationship, and EPA's 1984 Indian Policy.

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Tribal Nations, join us on Jan 18 2:30-4pm ET for EPA’s webinar on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) compounds,...
01/06/2022
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Tribal Nations, join us on Jan 18 2:30-4pm ET for EPA’s webinar on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) compounds, it will provide an introduction to PFAS and will include information on the potential impacts of PFAS in Indian country and in indigenous communities, discuss the value of mapping tools, and provide an overview of EPA’s Strategic Roadmap -- a national strategy to confront PFAS pollution.

You can register for the webinar at: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_DOaSGEL9SD2AFcLwyz42xA #TribesandEPA

ICYMI: On Dec 16th 3-4:30pm ET, EPA is hosting a national webinar for Tribal Nations about the funding available through...
12/15/2021
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) | US EPA

ICYMI: On Dec 16th 3-4:30pm ET, EPA is hosting a national webinar for Tribal Nations about the funding available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, an unprecedented investment in infrastructure across the nation.
Join the webinar at:
https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_MjM2YTQ3YzMtYzI1Ni00OGQ0LWIyNjgtZWYyNjNlNTE3ZWQy%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%252288b378b3-6748-4867-acf9-76aacbeca6a7%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522f8110adb-f818-4abd-a381-73bdd2b79b7f%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=9ac279ef-d9de-4743-b196-b463ce5d635b&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=false&suppressPrompt=true. #TribesandEPA

EPA is committed to reaching out to and working with Tribal Nations and their communities to ensure that our Tribal partners see transformative benefits of this investment. For more information on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law visit: https://www.epa.gov/infrastructure. #TribesandEPA

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes historic investments in key programs and initiatives implemented by EPA.

Tribal Nations: on December 16th 3-4:30pm  ET, EPA will provide an overview of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which ...
12/09/2021
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Tribal Nations: on December 16th 3-4:30pm ET, EPA will provide an overview of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which invests more than $60 billion in the health, equity, and resilience of American communities, including Tribal communities. Join at:
https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_MjM2YTQ3YzMtYzI1Ni00OGQ0LWIyNjgtZWYyNjNlNTE3ZWQy%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%252288b378b3-6748-4867-acf9-76aacbeca6a7%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522f8110adb-f818-4abd-a381-73bdd2b79b7f%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=9ac279ef-d9de-4743-b196-b463ce5d635b&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=false&suppressPrompt=true #TribesandEPA

On the webinar EPA will highlight resources available to Tribal communities in the areas of water infrastructure, cleaning up legacy pollution, decarbonizing the nation's school bus fleet and pollution prevention, and answer questions from our Tribal partners. #TribesandEPA

Today Jane Nishida, EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs Assistant Administrator, joined the discussion at t...
12/06/2021
Continuous Improvement | US EPA

Today Jane Nishida, EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs Assistant Administrator, joined the discussion at the Continuous Improvement Pre-Summit Event on EPA’s Lean Management System & how it can strengthen collaboration between EPA and Tribal Nations.

Learn more about EPA’s Lean Management System and continuous improvement at EPA at https://www.epa.gov/continuous-improvement #TribesandEPA

How EPA is using Lean principles and process to identify and solve problems and sustain improvements.

EPA recognizes Tribes are on the front lines of the climate crisis & is committed to working w/ tribal communities to ad...
12/02/2021
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EPA recognizes Tribes are on the front lines of the climate crisis & is committed to working w/ tribal communities to address climate impacts. On Dec. 9, 1-2:30pm ET, EPA invites Tribes to share their climate adaptation priorities & concerns. Join at: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_ZDYwYWUyYzYtNTE3Mi00OTVjLTliOGEtZDlmNTU4ZmYwN2Ez%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%252288b378b3-6748-4867-acf9-76aacbeca6a7%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522947a936e-d25a-45d6-8721-6d1ff0c14e1b%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=d50f91db-5480-4171-984a-89e1931690ea&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=false&suppressPrompt=true

EPA’s Climate Adaptation Plan was released on October 7, 2021 and each national program office and region is developing a climate adaptation implementation plan. This tribal listening session will be used to inform the development of Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs & other EPA program offices. Learn more about EPA’s climate priorities, resources and activities at: https://www.epa.gov/climate-adaptation. #TribesandEPA

Today in observance of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth EPA hosted an employee panel discussion, highlighting the personal s...
11/18/2021

Today in observance of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth EPA hosted an employee panel discussion, highlighting the personal stories of four EPA employees from the American Indian and Alaska Native community and recognizing their contributions to EPA’s mission.

This #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth EPA celebrates our American Indian and Alaska Native employees and thanks them for their work in protecting human health and the environment. #TribesandEPA #NAHM2021

Today in observance of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth EPA hosted an employee panel discussion, highlighting the personal stories of four EPA employees from the American Indian and Alaska Native community and recognizing their contributions to EPA’s mission.

This #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth EPA celebrates our American Indian and Alaska Native employees and thanks them for their work in protecting human health and the environment. #TribesandEPA #NAHM2021

11/18/2021

Yesterday, EPA was honored to welcome Sarah James, an Alaska Native elder from the Gwich’in people of Arctic Village, as a guest speaker in celebration of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. She provided an Indigenous perspective on environmental issues. #TribesandEPA #NAHM2021

Yesterday, alongside national tribal leaders and federal partners at the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit, EPA ren...
11/17/2021
EPA Announces Outcomes from White House Tribal Nations Summit | US EPA

Yesterday, alongside national tribal leaders and federal partners at the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit, EPA renewed its commitment to the Tribal Treaty Rights Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the renewed Sacred Sites MOU: https://epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-outcomes-white-house-tribal-nations-summit… #TribesandEPA

EPA News Release: EPA Announces Outcomes from White House Tribal Nations Summit

ICYMI Tribal Nations, this Wednesday, November 17, EPA will close its 120-day consultation and coordination period with ...
11/15/2021
Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) | US EPA

ICYMI Tribal Nations, this Wednesday, November 17, EPA will close its 120-day consultation and coordination period with federally recognized tribes on the funding allocation of the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP).

During the consultation period JoAnn Chase, Director of EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office, led nine Consultation and Coordination webinars and met virtually with several tribes to discuss how GAP is used and how funding should be distributed.

Tribes are encouraged to submit their comments and recommendations on the GAP allocation via email before the closing date. Information on how to do so can be found on our website at
https://www.epa.gov/tribal/indian-environmental-general-assistance-program-gap#gge-phase-II

The General Assistance Program (GAP) assists tribes in developing the capacity to manage their own environmental protection programs.

DYK: In 2016 EPA issued the guidance, EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes: Guidance for Discu...
11/15/2021
Consultation and Coordination with Tribes | US EPA

DYK: In 2016 EPA issued the guidance, EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes: Guidance for Discussing Tribal Treaty Rights, which provides steps for the Agency to take during tribal consultations when an EPA action occurs in a specific geographic location and a resource-based treaty right, or an environmental condition necessary to support the resource, may be affected by EPA's action. The Guidance is one of the first of its kind for a federal agency. Read more at
https://www.epa.gov/tribal/forms/consultation-and-coordination-tribes #TribesandEPA #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NAHM2021

EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes background and submit comments form

Did you know EPA was the first federal agency to have an official Indian Policy? Issued in 1980, the policy expressed EP...
11/11/2021
EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations (1984 Indian Policy) | US EPA

Did you know EPA was the first federal agency to have an official Indian Policy? Issued in 1980, the policy expressed EPA’s commitment to working with tribes in implementing pollution control programs in Indian country.

EPA’s current Indian Policy was issued in 1984. Of its nine guiding principles, Principle 5 affirms that EPA will consider tribal concerns and interests in its decisions. Over the last 50 years, #TribesandEPA have worked collaboratively on a range of issues to achieve our shared goals. @EPAMichaelRegan reaffirmed the 1984 Indian Policy on September 30, 2021. Read more about the 1984 Indian Policy at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/epa-policy-administration-environmental-programs-indian-reservations-1984-indian-policy

1984 policy by William D. Ruckelshaus outlining EPA's dealing with Tribal Governments and in responding to the problems of environmental management on America Indian reservations in order to protect human health and the environment.

ICYMI: Tribal undergraduate and graduate students-you have until April 1, 2022 to submit a video you created highlightin...
11/10/2021
Environmental Justice Video Challenge for Students | US EPA

ICYMI: Tribal undergraduate and graduate students-you have until April 1, 2022 to submit a video you created highlighting innovative approaches to identify and characterize an Environmental Justice (EJ) issue. Join our #EJvideoChallenge to show us how you used data and publicly available tools to identify an environmental justice issue(s). The Phase I top ten selected winners will receive monetary prizes. #TribesandEPA #NAHM2021 #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

Learn more about the #EJvideoChallenge at https://www.epa.gov/innovation/environmental-justice-video-challenge-students

EPA and partners launched the EJ Video Challenge for Students.

EPA is committed to taking action to combat & adapt to the climate crisis. Consulting & partnering w/ Tribes on our Clim...
11/04/2021
Climate Adaptation | US EPA

EPA is committed to taking action to combat & adapt to the climate crisis. Consulting & partnering w/ Tribes on our Climate Adaptation Plan and its implementation is a top priority for EPA. We’ve held our first tribal listening session w/ more to come. Visit: www.epa.gov/climate-adaptation #TribesandEPA #NAHM #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

For more information on the tribal listening session visit: https://www.epa.gov/tribal/epa-climate-adaptation-action-plan-tribal-listening-session

Find climate adaptation resources from EPA, including the 2021 Climate Adaptation Plan, grant opportunities and regional and program-based resources and tools.

EPA thanks the tribal volunteers who assisted EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) on revisions to the 2013...
11/03/2021

EPA thanks the tribal volunteers who assisted EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) on revisions to the 2013 GAP Guidance! Approximately 30 tribal volunteers worked collaboratively with AIEO and other EPA staff to help address flexibilities and identify ways to reduce administrative burdens in the GAP Guidance.

The workgroups began meeting in July and recently provided draft material to AIEO. EPA will be consulting with tribes on the revised Guidance, including input received from the workgroups, early in 2022. #TribesandEPA #NAHM2021 #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

EPA thanks the tribal volunteers who assisted EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) on revisions to the 2013 GAP Guidance! Approximately 30 tribal volunteers worked collaboratively with AIEO and other EPA staff to help address flexibilities and identify ways to reduce administrative burdens in the GAP Guidance.

The workgroups began meeting in July and recently provided draft material to AIEO. EPA will be consulting with tribes on the revised Guidance, including input received from the workgroups, early in 2022. #TribesandEPA #NAHM2021 #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

10/28/2021

It's #NLPPW and we wanted to highlight the great work #TribesandEPA have been doing to educate tribal communities about how to reduce their lead exposure. EPA Region 1’s Tribal Team partnered with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Natural Resources Department to provide a lead awareness session on lead in drinking water, the dangers of lead found in indoor and outdoor environments and good practices to prevent exposure to lead. This session was part of a 4-week summer camp known as Native Youth in Science-Preserving Our Homeland.

JoAnn Chase, Director of the American Indian Environmental Office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, discusses...
10/27/2021
EPA's Tribal Office Director JoAnn Chase Discusses Raising Awareness of Lead Poison Prevention

JoAnn Chase, Director of the American Indian Environmental Office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, discusses the importance of raising awareness of lead poisoning prevention in Indian country and some of the exciting work being conducted in Indian country. New video for #NLPPW2021! #TribesandEPA https://youtu.be/mMlDc0xicBA

NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on.EPA's American Indian Environmental Office Director, JoAnn Chase, reache...

10/27/2021

This #NLPPW2021 @TheCherokeeNation is reaching out to the tribal community at the Tribal Complex in Tahlequah to raise awareness of lead poisoning prevention. There is no safe level of lead exposure so any actions to reduce exposures to lead can improve life outcomes. #TribesandEPA #NationalLeadPoisonPreventionWeek

Check out the free training course for tribes! EPA will host a two-day virtual training on Nov 17-18 to certify particip...
10/22/2021
Federal Certification to Apply Restricted Use Pesticides in Indian Country | US EPA

Check out the free training course for tribes! EPA will host a two-day virtual training on Nov 17-18 to certify participants as private applicators of restricted-use pesticides in Indian country under EPA’s Plan for the Federal Certification of Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides within Indian Country. To learn more, visit https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-applicator-certification-indian-country.

This website provides information about the EPA Plan for the Federal Certification of Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides within Indian Country, including plan requirements, how to become certified, how to register for training, and who is certified.

Today, EPA joined tribal leaders and environmental directors from across the nation for the annual National Tribal Opera...
10/01/2021

Today, EPA joined tribal leaders and environmental directors from across the nation for the annual National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC) meeting, the first convened under the Biden-Harris Administration. The NTOC has met since 1994 with a goal to strengthen partnerships between EPA and federally recognized tribes. The annual NTOC meeting is a forum for the National Tribal Caucus and EPA leadership to work together on policy related to tribal capacity building and environmental program development and implementation in Indian country. #NTOC2021 #TribesandEPA

Today, EPA joined tribal leaders and environmental directors from across the nation for the annual National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC) meeting, the first convened under the Biden-Harris Administration. The NTOC has met since 1994 with a goal to strengthen partnerships between EPA and federally recognized tribes. The annual NTOC meeting is a forum for the National Tribal Caucus and EPA leadership to work together on policy related to tribal capacity building and environmental program development and implementation in Indian country. #NTOC2021 #TribesandEPA

At today’s National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC), @EPAMichael Regan was joined by National Tribal Caucus Chair Ger...
09/30/2021

At today’s National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC), @EPAMichael Regan was joined by National Tribal Caucus Chair Gerald Wagner of the Blackfeet Nation in reaffirming EPA’s 1984 Indian Policy. The 1984 Indian Policy is the cornerstone of EPA’s tribal program, outlining the Agency’s work with tribes on a government-to-government basis. Administrator Regan’s reaffirmation is part of EPA’s ongoing commitment to strengthening tribal partnerships in addressing environmental and public health challenges. Learn more about the 1984 Indian Policy at https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-administrator-regan-and-national-tribal-caucus-chair-wagner-co-chair-2021-national #NTOC2021
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At today’s National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC), @EPAMichael Regan was joined by National Tribal Caucus Chair Gerald Wagner of the Blackfeet Nation in reaffirming EPA’s 1984 Indian Policy. The 1984 Indian Policy is the cornerstone of EPA’s tribal program, outlining the Agency’s work with tribes on a government-to-government basis. Administrator Regan’s reaffirmation is part of EPA’s ongoing commitment to strengthening tribal partnerships in addressing environmental and public health challenges. Learn more about the 1984 Indian Policy at https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-administrator-regan-and-national-tribal-caucus-chair-wagner-co-chair-2021-national #NTOC2021
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Check out the free training course for tribes! EPA will host a two-day virtual training on Feb. 9-10 to certify participants as private applicators of restricted-use pesticides in Indian country under EPA’s Plan for the Federal Certification of Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides within Indian Country. To learn more, visit https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-applicator-certification-indian-country/training-private-applicators-under-epa-plan
Tribal Nations, join us on Jan 18 2:30-4pm ET for EPA’s webinar on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) compounds, it will provide an introduction to PFAS and will include information on the potential impacts of PFAS in Indian country and in indigenous communities, discuss the value of mapping tools, and provide an overview of EPA’s Strategic Roadmap -- a national strategy to confront PFAS pollution. You can register for the webinar at: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_DOaSGEL9SD2AFcLwyz42xA #TribesandEPA
ICYMI: On Dec 16th 3-4:30pm ET, EPA is hosting a national webinar for Tribal Nations about the funding available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, an unprecedented investment in infrastructure across the nation. Join the webinar at: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_MjM2YTQ3YzMtYzI1Ni00OGQ0LWIyNjgtZWYyNjNlNTE3ZWQy%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%252288b378b3-6748-4867-acf9-76aacbeca6a7%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522f8110adb-f818-4abd-a381-73bdd2b79b7f%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=9ac279ef-d9de-4743-b196-b463ce5d635b&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=false&suppressPrompt=true. #TribesandEPA EPA is committed to reaching out to and working with Tribal Nations and their communities to ensure that our Tribal partners see transformative benefits of this investment. For more information on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law visit: https://www.epa.gov/infrastructure. #TribesandEPA
Tribal Nations: on December 16th 3-4:30pm ET, EPA will provide an overview of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which invests more than $60 billion in the health, equity, and resilience of American communities, including Tribal communities. Join at: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_MjM2YTQ3YzMtYzI1Ni00OGQ0LWIyNjgtZWYyNjNlNTE3ZWQy%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%252288b378b3-6748-4867-acf9-76aacbeca6a7%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522f8110adb-f818-4abd-a381-73bdd2b79b7f%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=9ac279ef-d9de-4743-b196-b463ce5d635b&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=false&suppressPrompt=true #TribesandEPA On the webinar EPA will highlight resources available to Tribal communities in the areas of water infrastructure, cleaning up legacy pollution, decarbonizing the nation's school bus fleet and pollution prevention, and answer questions from our Tribal partners. #TribesandEPA
Today Jane Nishida, EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs Assistant Administrator, joined the discussion at the Continuous Improvement Pre-Summit Event on EPA’s Lean Management System & how it can strengthen collaboration between EPA and Tribal Nations. Learn more about EPA’s Lean Management System and continuous improvement at EPA at https://www.epa.gov/continuous-improvement #TribesandEPA
EPA recognizes Tribes are on the front lines of the climate crisis & is committed to working w/ tribal communities to address climate impacts. On Dec. 9, 1-2:30pm ET, EPA invites Tribes to share their climate adaptation priorities & concerns. Join at: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_ZDYwYWUyYzYtNTE3Mi00OTVjLTliOGEtZDlmNTU4ZmYwN2Ez%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%252288b378b3-6748-4867-acf9-76aacbeca6a7%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522947a936e-d25a-45d6-8721-6d1ff0c14e1b%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=d50f91db-5480-4171-984a-89e1931690ea&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=false&suppressPrompt=true EPA’s Climate Adaptation Plan was released on October 7, 2021 and each national program office and region is developing a climate adaptation implementation plan. This tribal listening session will be used to inform the development of Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs & other EPA program offices. Learn more about EPA’s climate priorities, resources and activities at: https://www.epa.gov/climate-adaptation. #TribesandEPA
Today in observance of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth EPA hosted an employee panel discussion, highlighting the personal stories of four EPA employees from the American Indian and Alaska Native community and recognizing their contributions to EPA’s mission. This #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth EPA celebrates our American Indian and Alaska Native employees and thanks them for their work in protecting human health and the environment. #TribesandEPA #NAHM2021
Yesterday, EPA was honored to welcome Sarah James, an Alaska Native elder from the Gwich’in people of Arctic Village, as a guest speaker in celebration of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. She provided an Indigenous perspective on environmental issues. #TribesandEPA #NAHM2021
Yesterday, alongside national tribal leaders and federal partners at the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit, EPA renewed its commitment to the Tribal Treaty Rights Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the renewed Sacred Sites MOU: https://epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-outcomes-white-house-tribal-nations-summit… #TribesandEPA
ICYMI Tribal Nations, this Wednesday, November 17, EPA will close its 120-day consultation and coordination period with federally recognized tribes on the funding allocation of the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP). During the consultation period JoAnn Chase, Director of EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office, led nine Consultation and Coordination webinars and met virtually with several tribes to discuss how GAP is used and how funding should be distributed. Tribes are encouraged to submit their comments and recommendations on the GAP allocation via email before the closing date. Information on how to do so can be found on our website at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/indian-environmental-general-assistance-program-gap#gge-phase-II
DYK: In 2016 EPA issued the guidance, EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes: Guidance for Discussing Tribal Treaty Rights, which provides steps for the Agency to take during tribal consultations when an EPA action occurs in a specific geographic location and a resource-based treaty right, or an environmental condition necessary to support the resource, may be affected by EPA's action. The Guidance is one of the first of its kind for a federal agency. Read more at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/forms/consultation-and-coordination-tribes #TribesandEPA #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NAHM2021
Did you know EPA was the first federal agency to have an official Indian Policy? Issued in 1980, the policy expressed EPA’s commitment to working with tribes in implementing pollution control programs in Indian country. EPA’s current Indian Policy was issued in 1984. Of its nine guiding principles, Principle 5 affirms that EPA will consider tribal concerns and interests in its decisions. Over the last 50 years, #TribesandEPA have worked collaboratively on a range of issues to achieve our shared goals. @EPAMichaelRegan reaffirmed the 1984 Indian Policy on September 30, 2021. Read more about the 1984 Indian Policy at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/epa-policy-administration-environmental-programs-indian-reservations-1984-indian-policy