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Tenth Anniversary of the Indian Environmental Program Highlighted at the 60th Session of the National Congress of American Indians

Release Date: 11/20/2003
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Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7824 / milbourn.cathy@epa.gov


(11/20/2003) The American Indian Environmental Office participated in the 60th Annual Session of the National Congress of American Indians in Albuquerque, N.M. One of the items highlighted was the nationwide celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP), which is EPA’s largest program aimed at helping tribal governments. Since its inception in 1993, this program represents a successful partnership between tribal governments and EPA to protect the environment in Indian Country. GAP provides direct funding to federally-recognized tribes and intertribal groups, and makes technical assistance available to develop multimedia programs that address environmental issues. Some of the tribes’ environmental accomplishments include: over 440 tribes developing environmental programs; constructing 140 tribal air monitors; improving water and sanitation; building the capacity to monitor streams and restore watersheds; closing open dumps and implementing waste management and reduction programs. For more information, go to: http://www.epa.gov/indian .