The Environmental Protection Agency has launched the first-of-its-kind portal website to help the tribal community, its supporters and the public find tribal environmental information and data through a single web-based access point.
Announced at the National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC) meeting in Washington, DC, the portal is part of EPA’s commitment to strengthen its partnership with Indian tribes and governments to protect human health and the environment. Established in 1994, the NTOC comprises 19 tribal leaders and senior Agency leaders, and meets once a year to discuss implementation of tribal environmental protection programs. Currently, there are approximately 560 separate, federally-recognized tribal governments in the United States.
“For centuries, Native Americans have been respected for their commitment to Mother Earth. At EPA, we share in the obligation to pass down a cleaner, healthier environment to future generations,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “This new Web site reflects EPA’s ongoing efforts to reach-out to the tribal community in order to accelerate human health and environmental protection in Indian country.”
The new cross-agency website allows EPA to consolidate and share environmental information reflecting the tribal community’s perspective and needs into a central, easy-to-navigate structure. Various EPA programs, such as enforcement, waste, underground storage tanks and water, are also consolidating their tribal information through this website.
The site integrates the tribal content and functionality of many existing agency programs and regional websites. These functions include:
- central, easy-to-navigate structure
- reliable, comprehensive source
- functional tool for tribal environmental information and data
The site will help users save time and resources by making it easier to locate tribal environmental information within EPA and other government agencies.