Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations
Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF)
- Indian Program Home
- American Indian Environmental Office
- EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations [PDF 200 KB, 4 pp]
- Cayuga Nation
- Oneida Indian Nation
- Onondaga Nation
- St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
- Seneca Nation of Indians
- Shinnecock Indian Nation
- Tonawanda Band of Senecas
- Tuscarora Nation
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The Hiawatha Belt
The Hiawatha Belt symbolizes the five original nations from west to east in their respective territories across New York state - Seneca (People of the Great Hill), Cayuga (People of the Swamp), Onondaga (Keepers of the Fire), Oneida (People of the Standing Stone), and Mohawk (People of the Flint).
The work of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF) has been sanctioned by the Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to create partnerships with governments and international organizations to address environmental degradation and restoration.
On July 18, 1995, the HETF made a presentation of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Restoration Strategy (HERS) to the United Nations with regard to its concerns with the environment. The report included a plan for restoration of the Haudenosaunee environment and budget to implement the plan. The HETF also presented this plan to EPA for consideration. HETF delegates attend the annual EPA-Indian Nation leadership meeting. EPA has responded to Nations' support for environmental program development through the assistance of the HETF.
In recognition of its efforts and leadership role in environmental protection, the HETF was selected by EPA to receive a year 2000 Environmental Quality Award. Award recipients come from all sectors, including non-profit, environmental and community groups, individual citizens, environmental education and business organizations and members of the news media. The Environmental Quality Award is the highest recognition presented to the public by EPA.