Region 8 Tribal Affairs Branch
EPA Region 8 is committed to helping tribes strengthen their abilities to manage environmental programs in Indian country, and to ensure that tribes have a voice in decisions that affect their land, air and water. The region serves 28 federally recognized tribes, located within the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
Funding Opportunity Notice
Each year the U.S. EPA Region 8 Tribal Affairs Branch (TAB) sends its notification to the tribes to announce the Funding Opportunity available under the following authorities:
- The General Assistance Program (GAP), under the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992 as amended
- The Clean Water Act (CWA), Sections 106 and 319 grant programs
- The Clean Air Act (CAA), Sections 103 and 105 grant programs
The Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) informs the tribes of the upcoming funding cycle dates for these tribal grant programs and invites Tribes located in Region 8 to develop and email their proposal packages to their assigned EPA Tribal Program Managers (TPM).
This FON represents only a portion of EPA funding opportunities available for Tribes, and only some of the program grants that the TAB TPMs manage.
If you have any questions about the FON or TAB-managed grants, please contact the Tribal Affairs Branch TPMs, or Kimberly Varilek, the Tribal Affairs Branch Chief.
The Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) provides an opportunity for discussion between tribes and EPA.
GAP is guided by the Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia.
For more information regarding the administration of GAP in Region 8, see the Region 8 Tribal Contacts list.
EPA provides several grant funding opportunities to Tribes that include, but are not limited to, GAP grants, Clean Water and Clean Air grants, Brownfields grant opportunities, and other program-specific funding.
Under the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes, EPA consults on a government‐to‐government basis with federally recognized tribes. For more specific guidelines on consultation with tribes in Region 8, contact Kimberly Varilek at 303-312-6264.
This guidance is intended to respond to and clarify questions that are most frequently raised by our internal and external customers and constituents, relating to: (1) Agency protocol in working with federally recognized tribes, (2) Agency support of federally recognized tribal governments in building capacity to manage environmental programs, and (3) Agency positions on environmental program responsibilities and jurisdiction. Click here to review the policy.
The map below shows the boundaries of the federally recognized tribal nations within Region 8.
- Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
- Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana
- Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana
- Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota
- Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, Montana
- Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation
- Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota
- Crow Tribe of Montana
- Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
- Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
- Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana
- Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians
- Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota
- Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana
- Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation
- Oglala Sioux Tribe
- Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)
- Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota
- Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota
- Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indiana of Utah
- Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado
- Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota and South Dakota
- Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota
- Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota
- Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah
- Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
- Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota