Specific to Region 8
The EPA Region 8 Policy for Environmental Protection in Indian Country was signed by the Regional Administrator on March 14, 1996. This policy contains the following principles and commitments:
- Work with Tribal governments on a government-to-government basis.
- Support Tribal self-governance.
- Protect human health and environment in Indian Country.
- Seek Tribal government agreement before decision making.
- Assist Tribal governments in building tribal capacity.
- Encourage cooperation between Tribal and state governments.
- Work cooperatively with other federal agencies.
- Encourage public participation.
One area of confusion is the definition of Indian Country or Indian Lands. The best definition of Indian Lands can be found in the Region 10 UST/LUST Glossary.
2000 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
MOU 2000 is a pledge by federal agencies to work cooperatively on environmental issues in Indian Country.
The American Indian Environmental Office located in the Headquarters Office of Water in Washington, DC, also works with tribal programs in each of the EPA Regions. Copies of Nixon's 1970 Indian Policy, Reagan's 1983 Indian Policy, Bush's 1991 Indian Policy, Clinton's 1994 Indian Policy and Bush's 2004 Indian Policy can be found here
Executive Order 12898 was issued on February 11, 1994 to address environmental justice issues in minority and low-income populations.