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Developing a Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Environmental Justice Policy


In order to more effectively work with federally-recognized tribes and indigenous stakeholders to address their environmental justice concerns, EPA has begun the process of developing a set of tribal and indigenous peoples environmental justice guiding principles and policy. 

To develop this policy, EPA has formed two work groups, one to advise EPA, consisting of external stakeholders, and the other to develop the guiding principles/policy, consisting of EPA employees:

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Tribal & Indigenous Peoples Environmental Justice (TIPEJ) Work Group Members

Office Name
Region 1 Mike Stover
Region 2 Grant Jonathan
Region 3 Terry Gallagher
Region 5 Margaret Millard
Region 6 Jeannine Hale & Mark Allen
Region 8 Gregory Phillips
Region 10 Tami Fordham & Kristie Carre
Office of Environmental Information Beth Jackson
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Jonathan Binder
Office of Air and Radiation Angel McCormack
Office of General Counsel Jessica Scott
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Andrew Baca
Office of Research and Development Gelena Constantine & Allison Martin
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Caren Robinson & Brian Davidson
Office of International and Tribal Affairs Dianne Briggs
Office of Water Felicia Wright
American Indian Environmental Office Dona Harris, Co-Chair
Office of Environmental Justice Danny Gogal, Co-Chair

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Focus Areas

EPA is considering addressing four focus areas in the guiding principles/policy:

  1. How EPA is to incorporate EJ into its environmental capacity building and implementation policies and programs for federally-recognized tribes;

  2. How EPA is to incorporate EJ into its direct implementation of federal environmental programs in Indian country;

  3. How EPA is to effectively work with tribal community-based organizations, state-recognized tribes, tribal members, and other indigenous peoples to address their EJ concerns, within or outside Indian country; and

  4. How EPA is to work with other federal agencies to address federally-recognized tribes, state-recognized tribes, tribal community-based organizations, tribal members, or non-members on reservations environmental justice issues.

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The initial tribal consultation and public comments periods are over. After reviewing and incorporating comments, we anticipate releasing a draft document for another round of public comment and tribal consultation in July. Responses to comments will be posted once they are developed.

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"Expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice are among my top priorities… All too often, low-income, minority and tribal Americans live in the shadows of the worst pollution, facing disproportionate health impacts and greater obstacles to economic growth in communities that cannot attract businesses and new jobs." - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson


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