EPA American Indian Environmental Office

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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In 1995 EPA’s Region 5 Administrator signed the first-ever Tribal Environmental Agreements (TEAs) between EPA & 11 tribe...
11/25/2020

In 1995 EPA’s Region 5 Administrator signed the first-ever Tribal Environmental Agreements (TEAs) between EPA & 11 tribes in Minnesota. Each TEA describes EPA’s implementation responsibilities for each tribe & the tribe’s environmental priorities. Today, EPA continues joint environmental planning with each tribe through EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans (ETEPs). EPA has individually negotiated ETEPs with almost 500 tribes across the country. Read more about ETEPs & other milestones at https://www.epa.gov/tribal #NAHM #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NAHeritage #TribesandEPA #EPAat50

In 1994, EPA established the National Tribal Operations Committee to address & advise EPA on tribal environmental issues...
11/25/2020

In 1994, EPA established the National Tribal Operations Committee to address & advise EPA on tribal environmental issues. Read more as EPA continues to share key Tribal-EPA accomplishments for #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth: https://www.epa.gov/tribal/50th-anniversary-timeline #TribesandEPA #EPAat50 #NAHM

Continuing our timeline highlights, in 1992 EPA held its First National Tribal Conference on Environmental Management, h...
11/25/2020

Continuing our timeline highlights, in 1992 EPA held its First National Tribal Conference on Environmental Management, hosted by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC. Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/50th-anniversary-timeline #TribesandEPA #EPAat50 #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NAHM

Proud to share this milestone during #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth: In 1992, the Pueblo of Isleta was the first tribe to ...
11/25/2020

Proud to share this milestone during #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth: In 1992, the Pueblo of Isleta was the first tribe to receive TAS authorization to develop EPA-approved water quality standards. Read more at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/50th-anniversary-timeline #TribesandEPA #EPAat50 #NAHeritage #NAHM

In 1991, EPA created the Forum on State & Tribal Toxics Action which secured senior state & tribal officials interested ...
11/23/2020

In 1991, EPA created the Forum on State & Tribal Toxics Action which secured senior state & tribal officials interested in & w/ knowledge of pollution prevention programs to help guide pollution prevention activities in EPA. https://www.epa.gov/tribal/50th-anniversary-timeline #NAHeritage #TribesandEPA #EPAat50

In 1986, Congress began amending major environmental statutes, starting with the Safe Drinking Water Act, to create new ...
11/23/2020

In 1986, Congress began amending major environmental statutes, starting with the Safe Drinking Water Act, to create new roles for tribes in administering regulatory programs. Read more about the Treatment as a State approval process at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/tribes-approved-treatment-state-tas] #NAHeritage #TribesandEPA #EPAat50

In 1984 EPA issued its current Indian Policy. Its principles include recognizing tribes as the appropriate entities to s...
11/23/2020

In 1984 EPA issued its current Indian Policy. Its principles include recognizing tribes as the appropriate entities to set standards, make environmental policy decisions, & manage programs for reservations. More at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/50th-anniversary-timeline #NAHeritage #NAHM #TribesandEPA #EPAat50

As we celebrate #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, did you know in 1980 EPA became the first federal agency to have an offici...
11/20/2020

As we celebrate #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, did you know in 1980 EPA became the first federal agency to have an official Indian Policy? It expressed EPA’s commitment to working w/ tribes in implementing pollution control programs in Indian country. Read more: https://www.epa.gov/tribal/50th-anniversary-timeline #TribesandEPA #EPAat50 #NAHeritage #NAHM

In 1973, for the first time EPA issued regulations under the Clean Water Act for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimin...
11/20/2020

In 1973, for the first time EPA issued regulations under the Clean Water Act for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program with the position that states generally lack regulatory authority over Indian activities on Indian lands unless clearly authorized by Congress. Read more about the NPDES Regulatory history at https://wcms.epa.gov/npdes/npdes-regulatory-history #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NAHeritage #TribesandEPA #EPAat50 #NAHM

It’s #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth! Follow us as we share achievements advancing environmental progress in Indian country...
11/19/2020

It’s #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth! Follow us as we share achievements advancing environmental progress in Indian country, through our new historic EPA-Tribal accomplishment timeline. Learn more: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-marks-native-american-heritage-month-new-tribal-epa-accomplishments-timeline

The EPA-Tribal accomplishment timeline highlights key milestones throughout EPA’s successful partnership with tribes, celebrating progress on environmental protection in Indian Country over the last 50 years. Check it out at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/50th-anniversary-timeline #TribesandEPA #EPAat50 #NAHM #NAHeritage

11/10/2020

Today EPA’s Tribal Office Director, Scott Mason, & @EPAChemSafety Alex Dunn joined Craig Kreman, Assistant Director of Quapaw Nation’s Environmental Office & other tribal representatives to discuss work being done to address lead contamination in Indian country. #TribesandEPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
10/30/2020

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Curious about the new #TribalLeadCurriculum? Join us and our tribal partners Nov. 10, 1:00– 2:30 pm ET for a virtual roundtable discussion! During the discuss tribal representatives will share their experiences and tips for using the Curriculum.

Register at https://leadcurriculumroundtable.eventbrite.com. #LeadFreeKids #TribesandEPA

This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week! Check out this blog from EPA's Assistant Administrator Alex Dunn a...
10/27/2020
Education Plus Action Equals Healthy Children! | The EPA Blog

This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week! Check out this blog from EPA's Assistant Administrator Alex Dunn and EPA’s Tribal Office Director Scott Mason to learn more about some exciting new work we’re doing to protect kids from lead exposure including development of a new curriculum to help tribes and communities take the first step in protecting children from potential lead exposure by educating parents and caregivers. Learn more at https://blog.epa.gov/2020/10/27/education-plus-action-equals-healthy-children/ #TribesandEPA

Posted on October 27, 2020 Education Plus Action Equals Healthy Children! By Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention; and Scott Mason, Director for the American Indian Environmental Office In celebration of Children’s Health Month...

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
10/22/2020

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

In celebration of Children’s Health Month and in advance of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, EPA just released Lead Awareness in Indian Country: Keeping our Children Healthy! Curriculum, an educational tool to help tribes and communities protect children from potential lead exposure. This new Curriculum is designed to support community leaders to plan and deliver structured and relevant information on lead exposure within their own communities.

Instructors will find the #TribalLeadCurriculum increases community awareness and provides preventative actions community members can take to protect their children, cultural practices and home environment. Download materials at epa.gov/lead! #LeadFreeKids #TribesandEPA #ChildrensHealthMonth

Congratulations to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians! Yesterday, EPA leadership presented the tribe with a $200,00...
10/09/2020

Congratulations to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians! Yesterday, EPA leadership presented the tribe with a $200,000 trash-free waters grant. The tribe will use the grant to purchase, operate and maintain a Bandalong litter trap on the Kentawka Canal. The canal flows through tribal lands and collects trash from up basin. #TribesAndEPA

“Today Director Mason was in Mississippi to join EPA Chief of Staff Gunasekara and Regional Administrator Walker in anno...
10/08/2020

“Today Director Mason was in Mississippi to join EPA Chief of Staff Gunasekara and Regional Administrator Walker in announcing the Trash Free Waters Award to the Mississippi Band of Choctaws. The funding will be used for installing Bandalong litter trap on the Kentawka Canal.”#TribesandEPA

Congrats to Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals for being awarded a $975K EPA...
10/07/2020
EPA Awards Competitive Grant to NAU’s Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals | US EPA

Congrats to Northern Arizona University's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals for being awarded a $975K EPA grant to provide technical support on tribal pesticides issues! Learn more at https://epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-competitive-grant-naus-institute-tribal-environmental-professionals #TribesandEPA
@EPAChemSafety

EPA News Release: EPA Awards Competitive Grant to NAU’s Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals

EPA Region 10’s Tribal Environmental Leaders Summit (TELS) provides the region’s 271 federally recognized tribes a forum...
09/25/2020

EPA Region 10’s Tribal Environmental Leaders Summit (TELS) provides the region’s 271 federally recognized tribes a forum to share and learn from each other about the environmental issues facing their communities. At this year’s virtual summit, American Indian Environmental Office Director Scott Mason was honored to be the keynote speaker. He highlighted impressive EPA-Tribal achievements over the last year, and our celebration of EPA-tribal work as part of #EPAat50. #TribesandEPA

The virtual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum (TLEF) trainings are now posted and can be viewed by everyone at https://...
09/16/2020

The virtual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum (TLEF) trainings are now posted and can be viewed by everyone at https://mediaspace.nau.edu/channel/Tribal%2BLands%2Band%2BEnvironment%2BForum%253A%2BVirtual%2BGathering%2B%2B2020/178381692 ! Watch the Tribal Environmental Self Governance and the Indian Environmental General Assistance (GAP) training now and learn about GAP from EPA tribal program experts and historians, tribal representatives, and GAP-legislation legal experts. #TribesAndEPA #TLEF2020

EPA Water
09/14/2020

EPA Water

#SepticSmart #QuickTip: Think at the Sink! What goes down your drain has a big impact on your #septicsystem. Learn more with #SepticSmart https://youtu.be/fIWoB2QtBvY

EPA Water
09/14/2020

EPA Water

Today we are kicking off #SepticSmart Week! Look for our #QuickTips to stay #SepticSmart year-round https://www.epa.gov/septic

EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office plays an important role in advocating tribal priorities in EPA programs & wit...
08/27/2020

EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office plays an important role in advocating tribal priorities in EPA programs & with other federal agencies. One example is American Indian Environmental Office Director Scott Mason’s participation in the White House Council on Native American Affairs Infrastructure Task Force Subcommittee. #TribesandEPA

Today the National Tribal Caucus Executive Committee and EPA Senior Leadership is meeting for an annual planning and pri...
08/27/2020

Today the National Tribal Caucus Executive Committee and EPA Senior Leadership is meeting for an annual planning and priorities discussion. One priority of EPA Senior Leaders, Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs Chad McIntosh and American Indian Environmental Office Director Scott Mason, is supporting tribes to administer environmental regulatory programs over their lands, a process known as “treatment in a similar manner as a state” or TAS.

Over the last three years, EPA has approved a record number (19) of regulatory TAS applications under a variety of environmental statutes, with nine of these approvals coming in 2020. This represents more regulatory TAS approvals than during any three-year period in EPA history. #TribesandEPA

Jerry Cain, Environmental Manager for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, discusses EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans
08/19/2020

Jerry Cain, Environmental Manager for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, discusses EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans

08/19/2020

The Oneida Nation, in partnership with EPA, has developed high quality, nationally-recognized environmental programs. Victoria Flowers, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, wishes EPA a happy 50th birthday & looks forward to continuing our relationship. #TribesandEPA #EPAat50 https://youtu.be/WpRGS2ilNvk

Today #TLEF2020 attendees participated in a live discussion on the relationship between EPA’s Tribal Program & the India...
08/18/2020

Today #TLEF2020 attendees participated in a live discussion on the relationship between EPA’s Tribal Program & the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program. It was a great opportunity for tribal representatives to share their perspectives and discuss issues. #TribesAndEPA

James Grijalva, Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law, discusses Tribal Environmental Self Governance and ...
08/17/2020

James Grijalva, Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law, discusses Tribal Environmental Self Governance and the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program.”

The virtual #TLEF2020 kicks off today. TLEF participants, tune in to the plenary session to hear a message from EPA lead...
08/17/2020

The virtual #TLEF2020 kicks off today. TLEF participants, tune in to the plenary session to hear a message from EPA leader Scott Mason & learn how EPA works with & supports tribes. Visit here to learn more about EPA’s tribal work: https://www.epa.gov/tribal #TribesAndEPA

Scott Mason, Director of EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office, met today by video conference with @EPARegion8 Trib...
08/04/2020

Scott Mason, Director of EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office, met today by video conference with @EPARegion8 Tribal Operating Committee. EPA acknowledged the home and work impacts resulting from COVID-19 and thanked everyone for their perseverance and continued commitment to this important work. EPA recognized the Northern Cheyenne as the latest tribe to receive Treatment as State under the #CleanAirAct. This is a significant achievement for the Tribe and allows them to carry out this federal environmental program within their jurisdiction. #TribesandEPA

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