|Region 10 will work with Tribal Governments to protect and restore the natural resources on which tribal communities rely for their physical, cultural and economic well-being. Environmental influences have a vast impact on tribal “way of life” regarding subsistence, cultural resources, traditions, and human health risks. We respect and support the sovereignty of tribes as they develop and operate their own environmental programs, or choose to partner with other entities to manage natural resources.|
Assistance for Capacity Building
- By October 2008, Region 10 will develop an improved approach to awarding and managing Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) grants that better assures effective use of funds and allows tribal coordinators to be more responsive to the broad interests of the tribes they serve. EPA will increase the number of tribes receiving grants by 10% each year; through additional pre-award monitoring and closer management, reduce by 10% each year the number of new tribal grant enforcement actions; and reduce grant workload to an average of 15 to 20 grants per Tribal Coordinator.
Communication and Consultation
- By January 2008, Region 10 will develop processes that more effectively inform tribes of the decisions and activities that may be of interest to them, thereby enriching consultation and enhancing our collaborative relationships. Region 10 will develop a web-based listing of consultations to establish a baseline and increase the number by 10% by December 2008.
Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC)
- The RTOC ensures that multiple tribal perspectives are considered in the development of regional program directives to achieve environmental protection in Indian Country.
- By February 2008, Region 10 will identify ways to improve committee representation to better meet the needs of the tribes.
- At the April 2008 Tribal Leaders Summit, tribal leaders will discuss satisfaction with the RTOC representation and any need for further enhancements.