Tribal Assumption of Federal Laws
Treatment as a State (TAS)
Many federal environmental laws authorize EPA to treat eligible federally recognized Indian tribes in a similar manner to a state (TAS) for implementing and managing environmental programs.
The basic requirements for applying for TAS are that the tribe must:
- be federally recognized,
- have a governing body carrying out substantial governmental duties and powers,
- have appropriate authority, and
- be capable of carrying out the functions of the program.