Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
EPA awarded a 5-year cooperative agreement to the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University, to support tribes through training, technical assistance, hazardous substances research and studies in the areas of solid waste and hazardous waste, resource conservation, Brownfields, Superfund, Underground Storage tanks, and Emergency Response. This work includes supporting a national Tribal Steering Committee which will provide direction and tribal input to project activities, strategies and vision for the overall project.
Tribal Waste and Response Assistance Program (TWRAP) (PDF) (2 pp, 177K, About PDF) - is a summary of the projects that TWRAP is responsible for completing under the cooperative agreement.
In 2008, EPA requested proposals to support a tribal co-regulator framework and hazardous substance research. EPA solicited proposals for work supporting the formulation of federal/tribal environmental policies.
National Tribal Caucus (NTC)
OSWER participates in the National Tribal Operations Committee, which is a joint committee consisting of EPA Senior Managers and 19 elected tribal representatives (the National Tribal Caucus). The tribal leads for Strategic Plan goals involving OSWER are Gerald Wagner, Blackfeet Tribe (Goal 3) and Julia Sage, Ponca Tribe (Goal 4).