Taimi Lynne Hoag Award for Environmental Stewardship
Region 5 Tribal Programs
- Current solicitation
- Who is eligible?
- What criteria are used?
- How are award recipients selected?
- Award recipients
Nominations for the 2012 Award closed December 14, 2012
The 2012 Taimi Lynne Hoag Award for Environmental Stewardship will recognize significant contributions in environmental management and/or environmental stewardship by a tribal leader, manager, or staff person. Enclosed with this letter (2012 Taimi Lynn Hoag Award - nomination solicitation letter (PDF) (4pp, 60.9K About PDF )) is a description of the award criteria and eligibility requirement. Nominations should not exceed one page in length and must demonstrate how a nominee meets at least one of the criteria and the eligibility requirement.
In March 2003, the Region 5 Tribal Operation Committee (R5TOC) established this Award in the name of Taimi Hoag to recognize significant contributions in environmental management and/or environmental stewardship by a tribal government leader, program manager, or staff person. Taimi, who demonstrated significant leadership on environmental protection in Indian country at the regional and national levels, served as the Environmental Director for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians from 1999 until her death in December 2002. She represented the tribes in Michigan on the R5TOC, and all tribes in Region 5 on the National Tribal Operations Committee.
This award recognizes significant contributions in environmental management and/or environmental stewardship by a tribal leader, manager, or staff person, given in honor of Taimi Lynne Hoag of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB). Taimi served as the Environmental Director for LTBB from 1999-2002, and was a leader at the regional and national levels for environmental protection in Indian country.
Who is Eligible?
The following tribal leaders and/or staff from a federally-recognized Indian Tribe or intertribal organization located in U.S. EPA Region 5 are eligible to be nominated:
- Elected official
- Director/manager of a tribal environmental/natural resources protection programs
- Staff person of a tribal environmental/natural resources protection program
What Criteria are Used?
Nominees must meet at least one of the criteria below. Candidates may be nominated based on more than one these criteria.
- Demonstrates a high degree of initiative, leadership, and/or accomplishment pertaining to the achievement or advancement of environmental protection in Indian country.
- Provides exceptional commitment, direction, representation, or stimulus on significant issues related to the assessment and protection of the air, water, land, other natural resources and/or human health of a particular Indian Tribe or Indian country in general.
- Develops/leads a public forum to address a significant environmental issue(s) affecting an Indian Tribe or Indian country.
- Makes a positive and noteworthy contribution to an Indian Tribe's environmental/natural resources protection programs/activities in a leadership capacity for an extended period of time.
How are Award Recipients Selected?
The R5TOC Tribal Caucus will review nominations and select a recipient. The award will be presented to the recipient at the February 2013 Tribal General Assistance Program meeting in Chicago.
- 2012 Jeff Mears, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
- 2009 Susan LaFernier, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
- 2008 Jennifer Hill-Kelly, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin
- 2007 Nancy Schuldt, Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa Indians
- 2006 Ms. Christine Berini, Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa Indians
- 2005 Dwight Sargent, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan
- 2004 Don Wedll, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians
- 2003 Patty O'Donnell, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians