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Tribal Coordination by the Office of Environmental Information (OEI)

Within OEI, the Office Information Analysis and Access coordinates OEI's Tribal Program, including:

  • providing advice on efforts requiring consultation with tribal governments;
  • providing guidance on projects and efforts that would benefit from increased tribal awareness; and
  • representing the office on various internal and external workgroups to address tribal issues and concerns from an agency perspective.

Several of OEI's offices are working across the organization to address these concerns by:

On this page, you can learn more about:

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OEI's Tribal Accomplishments Reports

Now Available: OEI's Fiscal Year 2013 Tribal Accomplishments Report (PDF) (26pp, 2M). This report documents progress made in 2013 toward achieving the goals outlined in OEI's Tribal Strategy and represents a commitment to continued outreach and consultation with tribal partners.

OEI intends to publish an annual Tribal Accomplishments Report to:

  • Continue the conversation with tribes to identify needed changes or updates to the Tribal Strategy,
  • Discuss EPA's information efforts and concerns of tribes, and
  • Expand discussion and coordination across OEI and the EPA tribal program.

EPA welcomes your feedback on OEI's Tribal Accomplishments Report, which will help us to improve our outreach and engagement with tribes.

Also available:

Submit comments:

  • By email:
    Beth Jackson (jackson.elizabeth@epa.gov)
  • By mail:
    US Environmental Protection Agency
    Attn: Elizabeth Jackson
    Mail Code 2842T
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20460

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OEI's Tribal Strategy

OEI’s Tribal Strategy: Partnership to Support Environmental Information and Decision-Making in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages (PDF) (13pp, 778K)

The purpose of OEI’s Tribal Strategy is to maximize the quality and usefulness of the environmental information and analytical tools available for making informed decisions in Indian country and other tribal lands. The OEI Tribal Strategy supports:

  • EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment, while recognizing the unique needs of Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages (ANV);
  • OEI’s work with EPA programs, regional offices and tribes on the importance of environmental data for supporting EPA and tribal priorities;
  • Tribal self-governance; and
  • Relationships between EPA and tribes.
 

OEI is committed to measuring progress toward achieving the goals outlined in the Tribal Strategy and to continuing outreach and consultation with tribes. OEI will use the annual Tribal Accomplishments Report to detail activities and achievements in support of the Tribal Strategy. The Strategy will be updated every five years based on accomplishments made and feedback received from tribes.

 

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OEI's Consultation Efforts

Draft Quality Standard for Environmental Data Collection, Production, and Use by Non-EPA (External) Organizations, and Draft Guidance for Quality Assurance Project Plans
(Consultation Period open March 5 - 30, 2012)

Consultation on OEI’s Draft Tribal Strategy:
(Consultation Period: June - August, 2011)

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