OPPT Tribal Program
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OPPT is committed to working in partnership with tribal governments to safeguard and protect the environment from toxic hazards and to promote pollution prevention in Indian country. The first priority of the OPPT Tribal Program is continuing to improve communication to better exchange information regarding environmental concerns and issues facing Indian country today.
OPPT publishes the OPPTS Tribal newsletter, which features a wide variety of environmental information, perspectives, and issues that affect American Indian Tribes. This newsletter is sent out to all federally-recognized tribes, Tribal environmental groups, Tribal colleges, Tribal news media and EPA Tribal advisory groups and other interested parties.
- On February 7, 2007, OPPTS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Salish Kootenai College and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, Polson, Mont., to:
- Expand opportunities for faculty enrichment, and undergraduate and graduate student training with emphasis on sciences, technology and related environmental sciences.
- Help achieve goals in OPPTS Tribal Strategic Plan (PDF) (44 pp., 9.34 MB, About PDF).
- Help support the President's Management Agenda for Advancing the Strategic Management of Human Capital, and Executive Order 13270 on Tribal Colleges and Universities.
- In 2007, OPPT also developed a list of activities under consideration to implement the MOU, which was co-sponsored by EPA’s Office of Administrator and Resource Management.
- In June 2008, OPPT published a two-volume newsletter on Alaska.