Grants with Fiscal Year 2020 Funding
Chugach Regional Resources Commission (AK) - $154,560
Project Description: Chugach Regional Resources Commission will develop a tribally led Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) monitoring program in Southcentral Alaska that provides accurate, informative data for community subsistence harvesters in order to reduce the risk of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) illnesses. Currently, the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) and other marine bio toxin illnesses are on the rise in Southcentral Alaska due, in part, to climate change. The project will specifically collect and analyze 46 phytoplankton samples and 26 shellfish samples so that the 7500 tribal citizens in Tatitlek Village IRA Council, Native Village of Eyak, Port Graham Village Council, Nanwalek IRA Council, Chenega Bay IRA Council, Qutekcak Native Tribe, and the Valdez Native Tribe can access the SEATOR database. Ultimately, this project will aim to build a regional HAB monitoring program that allows Tribes to test local shellfish samples, leading to effective subsistence shellfish management plans that provide accurate advisory notices to community members regarding high levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs).
Forest County Potawatomi Community (WI) - $103,936
Project Description: The Forest County Potawatomi will decrease environmental hazards of two brownfield sites that present a threat to tribal citizens of the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) and wildlife on the reservation. A survey in 2017 determined that the sites could not adequately filter toxins that present a physical threat to tribal citizens, especially infants, as well as mussel communities. Key activities include contracting for environmental surveys, producing clean-up plans of the two brownfield sites, and educating the community about these dangers and plans of action. By identifying and mitigating these threats to clean water, the Forest County Potawatomi will ensure the health and safety of community members and surrounding wildlife for generations to come.
Lower Elwha Tribal Community (WA) - $294,171
Project Description: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will launch a multi-tribal initiative to monitor and conserve the Olympic Peninsula's diverse wildlife. Currently, tribes in the Olympic Peninsula have limited capacity to protect wildlife species and their habitats. Using wildlife cameras, project staff will take 76,000 photos of various species, allowing staff to make informed population estimates. Among these species will be cougars, who are a culturally significant animal to all tribes involved. This will lead to a more comprehensive understanding of current animal populations and migrating patterns. Ultimately, this project will allow the tribe and partnering tribal communities to provide long-term stewardship over culturally important species and resources.
Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indian (CA) - $143,590
Project Description: The Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians will build their capacity to protect their traditional lands and culture through the Tiüac’a’ai: Healthy Land Project. The project will establish a Tribal Environmental Division, create a land trust plan to protect 60 acres of the Tribe's ancestral territory, and develop an environmental advocacy strategic plan. Currently, no local Indigenous organizations are working to protect the Tribe's homelands, which include the northern half of Los Angeles County, approximately 2,000 square miles. The Tribe receives over 300 notices per year of impending land development with potential threats to environmental and cultural resources and is unable to respond to this high volume of notices without a dedicated environmental division. This project will allow the Tribe to engage in environmental advocacy and preserve their homelands for the next seven generations.
Yavapai-Apache Nation (AZ)- $111,375.00
Project Description: The Yavapai-Apache Nation will expand the capacity of their Environmental Protection Department (EPD) by providing trainings and technical skills that will assist with the enforcement of tribal environmental codes. Currently, the Nation faces multiple environmental threats like air pollution, water contamination, and improper solid waste disposal. The project will ensure that three members of the EDP will receive 20 trainings to build the capacity of the department to enforce the environmental code. Alongside this, the EDP and Tribal Council will use the results of a hydrological survey to fully regulate the Nation’s water resources. This project will ensure that the Yavapai-Apache Nation has the capability to protect the Nation’s environment and natural resources into the future.