Tribal Enterprises | Compliance Assistance Resources
EPA's Marine Protection Compliance Monitoring Web site offers information on conducting inspections of ocean dumping of all materials and more. This information includes inspection manuals and other guidance and provides a uniform framework for assuring compliance with the prohibition on the dumping of material into the ocean that would unreasonably degrade or endanger human health or the marine environment.
EPA's Healthy School Environments Web pages are to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools.
EPA's Children's Health Protection support efforts by government organizations and educational institutions to establish or enhance their ability to take actions that will reduce environmental risks to the health of children or elderly populations.
BIA's Office of Indian Education Programs is responsible for direction and management of all BIA education functions, including formation of policies and procedures, supervision of all program activities undertaken within the office's jurisdiction, and approval of the expenditure of funds appropriated for the BIA Indian education functions.
Best Practices for Controlling Energy Costs, A Guidebook for K-12 School System Business Officers and Facilities Managers (PDF) (132 pp, 3.3MB, About PDF) is a guidebook to offer strategies for maintaining facilities as well as recommended methods to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Healthy Schools Guide to Chemical Cleanout provides resources to help schools learn about, identify and remove hazardous chemicals.
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium represents 34 colleges in the United States and one Canadian institution.
The American Indian Science & Engineering Society is a national, nonprofit organization, which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values.
The Office of the White House, Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities leads the implementation of Executive Order 13270, ensuring that the nation's Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) are more fully recognized and have full access to federal programs benefiting other higher education institutions.
EPA's Colleges and University Sector Strategy Web site is a partnership to assist colleges and universities and seeks to advance the use of environmental management systems, reduce regulatory performance barriers, and measure environmental progress.
EPA's Asbestos Management in Schools Web site is designed to provide information to regulators, parents and schools about asbestos in schools; including Federal Requirements for Asbestos Management in Schools and 20 Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos in Schools.
Common Questions on the Asbestos NESHAP provides examples of general questions concerning a variety of asbestos issues.
Disposal of Spent Laboratory Chemicals in Schools
EPA's Chemical Use and Management Web site provides information on the types of chemicals that are used in classrooms and in facility maintenance operations, and suggests thoughtful chemical purchasing and proper chemical use and management (storage, labeling, disposal) for reducing chemical exposures and accidents.
NLM's Tox Town provides an introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
Chemicals in Your Community: A Guide to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act explains a community's rights and opportunities under EPCRA. The guide includes a section on tribes and their roles and responsibilities under EPCRA.
How Mother Bear Taught the Children about Lead is an educational activity book on lead based-paint prevention. Designed for Native American Children in grades 3-4, the activity book teaches children to protect themselves and their siblings.
Little Moccasins - A Lead Poisoning Prevention Manual for Tribal Day Cares and Families is a part of EPA's First Steps Program. Contact Phillip Quint with the Lead-Housing-Sanitation Director, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians at (207) 532-7260.
EPA's Training, Certification, and Accreditation Web site provides training courses regarding lead-safe work practices during building renovation, remodeling, rehabilitation, maintenance, sampling/evaluation, and abatement.
EPA's Lead Awareness Program designs outreach activities and educational materials, awards grants, and manages a toll-free hotline to help parents, home owners, and lead professionals learn what they can do to protect their families from the dangers of lead.
Federal lead-based paint Rules and Regulations Web site provides links to regulations related to lead found in paint, dust, and soil.
The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention. Call (800) 424-LEAD (5323).
EPA's Regional Lead Coordinators oversee the development of lead-poisoning prevention efforts and coordination with tribes, states, and local governments.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control brings together health and housing professionals to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in privately-owned and low-income housing.
The Occupational Health and Safety Organization's Lead Web site provides links and information concerning lead in the workplace.
Healthy Schools Network, Inc. is a national not for profit organization, centered on children's environmental health.
National Safety Council provides comprehensive information about lead based paint.
Certified Environmental Registry and Tracking System supports a free database about lead inspections. The system tracks licenses, training, citations, violations, and blood lead levels. The system also can be used to track asbestos, radon, and information about the licensing of pesticides applicators. Contact James Bryson (email@example.com), Region 1, or at (617) 565-3836.
Children and the Hazards of Lead-Based Paint in Tribal Communities provides background material on issues related to lead-based paint. It describes the risks that lead-based paint poses to children, explains how children can be tested for exposure to lead, highlights steps that can be taken to avoid lead poisoning, and lists the names and telephone numbers of organizations that can assist tribes address lead-based paint issues. Contact Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. at (602) 248-0071.
Comprehensive Home Inspection for Lead Detection provides a free software program for tracking children affected by lead poisoning and the homes in which they live. Using the software, tribes can produce a list of all residents who have high lead blood levels and the homes in which they live. Contact James Bryson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Region 1 or at (617) 565-3836.
Computerized Lead Auditing Support System is a free auditing system for providers of lead training. The system standardizes the auditing check list for the EPA Model Lead course. The system tracks lead training and produces reports. Contact James Bryson (email@example.com), Region 1 or at (617) 565-3836.
GateKeeper is an electronic system for tribes and states to use in managing the delivery of lead inspection examinations. The system offers tribes and states a no-cost alternative to administering inspections for third-party lead inspectors. Contact James Bryson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Region 1 or at (617) 565-3836.
State Tribal Application for Model Lead Procedures describes the process through which states and tribes can set their own lead regulations and supplies information about lead contamination. Encourages tribes to negotiate with EPA agreements related to regulations governing lead. Contact James Bryson (email@example.com), Region 1 or at (617) 565-3836 or .
PROJECT WET (Water Education for Teachers) Curriculum and Activity Guide is a collection of over ninety, broad-based water resource activities. Contact National Headquarters (ProjectWET@montana.edu) or by phone at (406) 994-5392.
Integrated Pest Management in Schools reflects an EPA priority to protect children's health from unnecessary exposure to pesticides at school. Encourages school officials to adopt IPM practices to reduce children's exposure to pesticides.
Washington State Pesticide Notification Requirement discusses that public schools and licensed day cares in Washington are required to establish a system for notifying parents and employees of pesticides being used on school grounds.
Healthcare and Hospitals
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment is designed to help healthcare facilities enhance work place safety, reduce waste and waste disposal costs and become better environmental stewards and neighbors.
Healthcare Guide to Pollution Prevention Implementation through Environmental Management Systems is a comprehensive resource for understanding the components of an EMS and for developing an EMS specific to a healthcare facility.
Sustainable Hospitals Project supports the healthcare industry with select products and work practices that reduce occupational and environmental hazards.
EPA's Profile of the Healthcare Industry and the Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC) provide detailed compliance and pollution prevention information on the healthcare sector. The Healthcare Profile is a good resource for industry, government and the public.
General Assistance Materials
Everything You Wanted to Know About Environmental Regulations..But Were Afraid to Ask offers brief, clear information on many topics and identifies where tribes can turn for in-depth information and assistance. Contact: EPA Region 7, Elizabeth Wendt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
EPA's National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) trains federal, state, tribal, and local lawyers, inspectors, civil and criminal investigators, and technical experts in the enforcement of the Nation's environmental laws. NETI provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to training in which enforcement and compliance personnel are trained in a range of specialities in order to work together more effectively as a team. The Government Training, National Enforcement Training Institute Web site provides more information.
Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments courses offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to tribal members who have emergency management responsibilities. The Tribal Information page of the FEMA Web site provides more information.
EPA's Working Effectively with Tribal Governments Training is designed to increase EPA staff understanding of tribal legal and cultural issues, acquaint EPA staff with the EPA Indian policy and its place in the management of environmental programs, and provide suggestions and practical tips for EPA staff members who work with tribes. EPA's Tribal Training Materials page of the American Indian Environmental Office Web site provides more information.
Western Community Policing Center's Tribal Training Program promotes safe, healthy, and stable Indian reservation communities by providing tribal justice systems with the funding and technical assistance necessary to effectively reduce crime and administer justice.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Environmental Health Education Program (PDF) (2 pp, 156K, About PDF) provides resources for tribal health professionals to identify, prevent, and respond to health issues related to environmental contamination.
Training Tribal Environmental Professionals: Using a Project, Not a Projector [by P. Ellsworth, et al.,] offers training that is sensitive to the vast cultural heritage of Native Americans.
EPA's Grant Writing Tutorial is interactive software that walks users through the grant-writing process and helps them learn to write more competitive grants. The program includes detailed information and tips on writing a grant proposal, how to complete a grant application package, and program-specific sections on three EPA grant programs: environmental justice, environmental justice through pollution prevention, and environmental education.
Cherokee Nation Geographic Information System Training Program is for tribal map-making professionals and those interested in learning more about tribal mapping methods and GIS technology. Contact Laura Harjo (email@example.com) or at (800) 256-0671, ext. 2421.
Compliance Assistance Centers
Each Compliance Assistance Center addresses real world issues faced by a specific industry or government sector. The Centers deliver information in many forms: Web sites, telephone assistance lines, fax-back systems, and e-mail discussion groups. The Centers help tribes understand an array of environmental requirements, and offers information on how to save money by preventing pollution in the first place.
Selected Enforcement and Compliance Guidance Related to Indian Country
Protecting Public Health and the Environment Through Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Indian Country, A Strategy for Results (March 2004) is provided on the Compliance and Enforcement Tribal Resources Web site.
Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments (November 2000) is provided on the Federal Register Environmental Documents Web site.
EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations (November 8, 1984) Web site provides information about and the text of the policy.
Guidance on the Enforcement Principles Outlined in the 1984 Indian Policy (January, 17, 2001), the EPA's Tribal Compliance and Enforcement Web site provides links related to the guidance for the 1984 Indian Policy.
EPA Region 4 Policy and Practices for Environmental Protection in Indian Country (November, 2001) provides guidance and information for employees of Region 4 working with federally recognized tribes.
EPA Region 5 Direct Implementation Strategy for Indian Country for Fiscal Year 2005, the Region 5 Indian Environmental Office Web site provides links to the 2005 and 2006 versions of the document.
EPA Region 8 Guidance for Compliance Monitoring, Compliance Assistance and Enforcement Procedures in Indian Country (January 10, 2001) sets the procedures for compliance assistance and enforcement procedures in Region 8 Indian country.
Interim Final National Policy Statement for Underground Storage Tank Program Implementation in Indian Country (OSWER Directive 9610.15A).
For related information visit EPA’s National Indian Country Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priority site and EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program in Indian country site.