The websites featured in this document provide resources relevant to tribal environmental issues.
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was created in 1992 to act as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University (NAU), in support of environmental protection of Native American natural resources. Its mission is to serve “tribes through outstanding, culturally-relevant education and training that increase environmental capacity and strengthen sovereignty."
ITEP’s website provides information about the organization and its work on Tribal Hazardous Substances, the Tribal Clean Energy Resource Center (TCERC), and Tribes and Climate Change
The National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) was formed in 1991 with seven tribes and input from several intertribal organizations, including the Council of Energy Resource Tribes and the Native American Rights Fund, as a membership organization dedicated to working with and assisting tribes in the protection and preservation of tribal environments. NTEC's membership is open to any federally-recognized tribe throughout the United States, and currently has 186 member tribes. It is organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with the mission to enhance each tribe's ability to protect, preserve, and promote the wise management of air, land, and water for the benefit of current and future generations.
NTEC conducts programs that:
- Advance tribal environmental regulation, capability and infrastructure building;
- Encourage communication and collaboration among tribes to provide awareness and solutions to tribal environmental concerns;
- Develop and maintain a clearinghouse of environmental information to support its mission;
- Advance an understanding of tribal environments based on traditional cultural and spiritual values, and respect tribal cultural diversity, tribal sovereignty, and tribal control over environmental and natural resources; and
- Integrate timeless traditional teachings and values into modern day practices.
Environmental Justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leads the federal effort to provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and the 2012 Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan (2012 HHS EJ Strategy) provides clear direction for DHHS of goals, strategies and actions to address environmental justice in minority and low-income populations and Indian tribes.
The 2012 HHS EJ Strategy is organized into four interrelated strategic elements as follows:
- Policy Development and Dissemination
- Education and Training
- Research and Data Collection, Analysis, and Utilization