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Federal Infrastructure Task Force to Improve Access to Safe Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation to Tribal Communities

Ribbon cutting ceremony for an ARRA funded wastewater treatment plant expansion project for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians , December 2009. Click to view larger version

Construction of a wastewater lift station, sewer line and & force main for the Alaskan Native Village of Buckland , September 2009. Click to view larger version

New drinking water storage tank to address water quality and quantity issues for the Hopi Tribe, 2009. Click to view larger version  
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I. Background: Goals, Purpose and Current Membership:

At the 2000 World Summit on Sustainable Development the United States agreed to support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals including improving access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

In 2007 a multi-agency tribal Infrastructure Task Force (“Task Force”) was created to develop and coordinate federal activites in delivering water infrastructure, wastewater infrastructure and solid waste management services to tribal communities.

The federal partners:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of the Interior


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II. Fact Sheets & Final Reports

  1. Select Accomplishments
  2. Preliminary Engineering Report
  3. Sustainable Infrastructure Goals and Concepts Document
  4. Progress to Date: Meeting the Access Goal
  5. Response to Access Subgroup Report
  6. Meeting the Access Goal: Strategies for Increasing Access to Safe Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment to American Indian and Alaska Native Villages
  7. Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems for Tribal Communities

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III. Workgroup Documents & Reports

  1. Summary of Commonalities and Best Practices from Tribal Utilities
  2. Application Processes and Recommended Paperwork Streamlining Opportunities
  3. National Environmental Policy Act Requirements
  4. Map of Water Infrastructure and Homes Without Access to Safe Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation on the Navajo Nation
  5. Strategies for Improving Technical Assistance Delivery in American Indian and Alaska Native Village Communities
  6. Tribal Solid Waste Management 
  7. Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities: Recommended Approach to Assessing Operations and Maintenance Costs at Tribal Utilities - Pilot Study

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IV. Partner Agency Infrastructure Program Guidelines

  1. US Environmental Protection Agency
    1. Drinking Water Infrastructure Grant Tribal Set Aside Program 
    2. EPA Clean Water Indian Set Aside Program 
  2. Indian Health Service
    1. Sanitation Deficiency System Guide for Reporting Sanitation Deficiencies for Indian Homes and Communities.
    2. Criteria for the Sanitation Facilities Construction Program.
  3. US Department of Agriculture
    1. USDA Rural Development Native American Tribes.
  4. US Department of Housing and Urban Development
    1. HUD Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) Exit.
  5. US Department of Interior
    1. Bureau of Indian Affairs Exit.

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V. Recent Meeting Summaries

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Federal partner Contacts:

  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    Water and Environmental Program
    Kellie Kubena (Kellie.Kubena@wdc.usda.gov)
    Assistant Administrator
    Phone: 202-690-2670
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    Office of Native American Programs, Office of Grant Evaluation
    Jennifer Bullough (Jennifer.A.Bullough@hud.gov)
    Phone (202) 402-4274
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
    Indian Health Service (IHS), Sanitation Facilities Construction Program
    Mark Calkins (Mark.Calkins@ihs.gov)
    Phone: (301) 443-1046
  • US Department of the Interior (DOI)
    Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs
    Darrell Laroche (darrell.laroche@bia.gov)
    Phone: (202) 390-6314
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management 
    Sheila Frace (Frace.Sheila@epa.gov)
    Deputy Office Director 
    Phone: (202) 564-0749

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