Tribal Environmental Self Governance and the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)
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This presentation was delivered as an On Demand session at the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum: Virtual Gathering in August 2020.
This is a pre-recorded training course on the Indian Environmental Assistance Program (GAP) that illustrates how tribal governments can implement pollution control programs instead of relying on program implementation by EPA.
Introduction: Intergovernmental Partnerships & Program Delegation
Theme: Intergovernmental partnerships are a cornerstone for how EPA achieves national environmental protection standards; Environmental program administration by a tribal government in lieu of EPA is a form of “Self-Governance” and an expression of tribal sovereignty.
Deb Szaro, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA R1
Cheryl Newton, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA R5
Jeff Besougloff, American Indian Environmental Office, EPA
Luke Jones, American Indian Environmental Office, EPA
Part 1: Lower Sioux Indian Community Lead Abatement Program
Theme: Lead exposure mitigation under an EPA authorized tribal regulatory program. (Toxic Substances Control Act)
Deb Dirlam, Director, Office of Environment, Lower Sioux Tribe
Jeff Besougloff, EPA-AIEO (former Director, Office of Environment, Lower Sioux Tribe)
Part 2: Southern Ute Indian Tribe Air Quality Program
Theme: Managing ambient air quality by regulating emissions under an EPA authorized pollution control program. (Clean Air Act)
Danny Powers, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Air Quality Program Manager
Alexis North, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division, EPA R8
Part 3: How GAP Supports EPA’s 1984 Indian Policy Principles (14 min)
Theme: Tribal leaders, environmental program managers, and subject matter experts who articulate how the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program helps fulfill principles established under the “EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations” – a.k.a. EPA’s 1984 Indian Policy.
James Grijalva, Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law
Ann Marie Chischilly, Director, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Jill Grant, Tribal Environmental Attorney, Jill Grant and Associates
Ken Norton, Chair, National Tribal Water Council
Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Dean, Utah College of Law
Kevin Washburn, Dean, Iowa College of Law (Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs)
Pilar M. Thomas, Tribal Environmental & Energy Attorney
Gary S. Morishima, Technical Advisor to the President, Quinault Indian Nation
Lorraine Loomis, Chair, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Lisa Gover, Director, Campo Environmental Protection Agency
Deborah Broken Rope, American Indian Health Policy Advisor
Eric D. Eberhard, Associated Professor, University of Washington School of Law
This presentation was delivered as an on demand session at the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum: Virtual Gathering in August 2020.