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Inter-Tribal Environmental Council
  Upcoming Events
 
May 14, 2014 - Water Quality Training, Anchorage, AK

May 20, 2014 - 8 Hr HAZWOPER Refresher Training, Espanola, NM

May 21-22, 2014 - Phase I Assessment Training, Espanola, NM

June 8, 2014 - National Congress of American Indians Mid Year Conference, Anchorage, AK

June 14-20, 2014 - American Society of Mining and Reclamation 31st National Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK



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ITEC Newsletter March 2014



2013 EPA Region 6 Lead Meeting....
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (April 22, 2014) This Earth Week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is empowering Americans across the country to act on climate change through simple actions to reduce carbon pollution in their daily lives. Across the country, EPA will be holding events to talk about common-sense action to reduce carbon pollution and promote a cleaner energy economy while ensuring that all Americans have the information they need to act on climate change

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Secretary Jewell to Offer Keynote Remarks at Tribal Summit in Washington State
Date: 4/21/14 12:00 AM
Description: SEATTLE, WA. – On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will provide keynote remarks at a tribal summit organized by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6) and hosted by the Suquamish Tribe at the Port Madison Indian Reservation on Bainbridge Island. The Secretary will also meet with individual tribal leaders and tour the Suquamish hatchery and seafood plant with Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

EPA builds a strong clean – energy economy in Texas $1.4 billion in economic development and over 1500 construction jobs DALLAS – (April 21, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit for the Enterprise Products Operating facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas, near Houston

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (April 18, 2014) This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit for the Lone Star NGL facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas, just west of Houston. The permit allows the company to build a natural gas processing plant. "Natural Gas is important to meeting our climate goals and energy future,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: 2014 Graduation Ceremony of the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM
Date: 4/17/14 12:00 AM
Description: Please join us to view the 2014 Graduation Ceremony of the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 10:00 a.m. (MDT). U. S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell will provide the Graduation Commencement Address.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that two Texas medical facilities won their categories in the fourth-annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from more than 3,000 buildings across the country spent the past year competing to see which one could reduce their buildings’ energy use the most

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that JCPenney in Shawnee, Oklahoma, placed sixth in the fourth-annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from more than 3,000 buildings across the country spent the past year competing to see which one could reduce their buildings’ energy use the most. The store cut its energy use by one-third

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Claiborne Elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, won the fourth-annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Teams from more than 3,000 buildings across the country spent the past year competing to see which one could reduce their buildings’ energy use the most. Claiborne Elementary School won by cutting its energy use nearly in half

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

Permit will help achieve reductions in carbon pollution and cleaner sources of energy DALLAS – (April 16, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas permit (GHG) to Equistar Chemicals, Corpus Christi, Texas. The permit is the first to be drafted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and issued by EPA under a program to help to improve permitting efficiency and productivity for applicants in the State of Texas

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Secretary Jewell to Deliver Commencement Address at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Date: 4/15/14 12:00 AM
Description: On Thursday, April 17, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will address the 2014 graduating class of the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), a National Indian Community College and Land Grant Institution located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

$450 Million in economic development and hundreds of jobs DALLAS – (April 15, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Apex Matagorda Energy Center, LLC, Matagorda, Texas. The permit allows Apex to construct a 317-megawatt electric generating plant and auxiliary equipment to store bulk energy for the electrical grid

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Assistant Secretary Washburn Approves Four HEARTH Act Applications to Help Spur Economic Development in Tribal Communities
Date: 4/10/14 12:00 AM
Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today approved leasing regulations submitted by four federally recognized tribes, restoring their authority to control the leasing of their trust lands and promoting their self-determination and economic development. This streamlined process for restoring tribal leasing authority is consistent with the objectives of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act, or HEARTH Act.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces Next Listening Sessions on BIA Indian Child Welfare Act Guidelines for State Courts
Date: 4/10/14 12:00 AM
Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced that his office will hold the next set of Listening Sessions on the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Guidelines for State Courts on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the National Indian Child Welfare Association annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and on Thursday, April 24, via teleconference.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (April 10, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its sixth annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY Star certified buildings. Dallas placed seventh and Houston placed tenth. Both cities have achieved economic and environmental benefits by facility owners and managers applying energy efficiency to their buildings. Energy Star labeled buildings in Texas achieved significant reductions in their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Interior signs cooperative agreement with Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate as Next Step in Land Buy-Back Program
Date: 4/8/14 12:00 AM
Description: WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s commitment to help strengthen Native American communities, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the latest step in the implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program), as the Department signed its next cooperative agreement, this time with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation located in northeastern South Dakota and in southeastern North Dakota.

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

Louisiana helps improve health of 800,000 residents DALLAS – (April 4, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that the Baton Rouge area is currently attaining the 2008 8-hour ozone standard. The determination is based on a recent review of air quality data from 2011-2013. The State has decreased ground-level ozone in Baton Rouge which improved air quality and human health for more than 800,000 residents

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (April 3, 2014) Today, New Mexico Gas Company received the Partner of the Year award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for strategically and comprehensively managing their energy use. This organization promoted Energy Star products and practices in their own operations, in addition to providing efficient products and services to consumers and within their community

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (April 3, 2014) Today, Entergy New Orleans received the Partner of the Year award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for strategically and comprehensively managing their energy use. This organization promoted Energy Star products and practices in their own operations, in addition to providing efficient products and services to consumers and within their community

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (April 3, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 12 Texas organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Interior Announces First Transfer from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Fund
Date: 4/2/14 12:00 AM
Description: The Department of the Interior today announced that quarterly transfers of funds to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund are set to begin this week with a first transfer of nearly $580,000 to the American Indian College Fund. The Scholarship Fund was authorized by the historic Cobell Settlement, approved in November 2012, to provide financial assistance through annual scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (April 2, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the 2014 Clean Air Excellence Award honoring Central Texas Clean Air Coalition, Austin, Texas for their work on a regional 8-hour ozone flex plan. Their program protects Americans' health and the environment, educates the public, serves their communities and stimulates the economy

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (April 2, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency along with representatives from the Final Four Sustainability Team have partnered to increase environmental performance at this year’s Final Four Basketball Tournament on April 5-7, in Arlington, Texas. The Sustainability Team includes EPA, NCAA, Big 12 Conference, Coca-Cola, AT&T Stadium, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, City of Dallas, and City of Arlington

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:00:01 -0500

Sites are located in Ark., La., Okla., and Texas DALLAS – (March 31, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct ten, five-year reviews to ensure that cleanup of each site is working as intended and continues to protect public health and the environment. The reviews also identify any deficiencies and presents recommendations to address them

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (March 28, 2014) This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), held a workshop in El Paso to help turn a source of pollution into a resource. Each year, the U.S.-Mexico border region deals with millions of discarded tires, which pile up and attract pests

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Register Now for Climate Change Task Force Webinar Series
Date: 3/27/14 12:00 AM
Description: White House Seeks Input from Tribal Leaders on Climate Change Impacts The White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the U.S. Departments of Energy, Agriculture, the Interior, Health and Human Services (DHS), Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is pleased to announce a webinar series entitled “The Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country.”

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: BIA Office of Justice Services to Hold Second Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training Session of 2014 on March 31-April 3 in Denver
Date: 3/27/14 12:00 AM
Description: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) will hold the second of its 2014 tribal court trial advocacy training sessions for tribal court personnel on March 31 through April 3 in Denver, Colo. This session will focus on prosecuting individuals trafficking illegal narcotics.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Join us on March 24th for a Tribal Day of Action for Affordable Care Act Enrollment
Date: 3/24/14 12:00 AM
Description: Last week, Vice President Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius spoke directly to tribal leaders and community members on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Vice President and the Secretary encouraged action from tribal leaders and community members, to get them, their friends, and their relatives enrolled! March 24th is the National Tribal Day of Action on Affordable Care Act enrollment - a perfect opportunity for Indian Country to rally with community partners in health to organize an Affordable Care Act enrollment event. Please join us in this effort to get covered with quality, reliable, and affordable health care insurance before March 31st!

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:00:01 -0500

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Houston, Texas-based Phillips 66 Company recently agreed to retire over 21 billion sulfur credits that could have been used in the production of gasoline, which could potentially lead to significantly less pollution from vehicles. The company will also pay a $500,000 penalty for violations of the Clean Air Act

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Interior Announces More Than $100 Million in Purchase Offers to Nearly 16,000 Landowners with Fractionated Interests at Pine Ridge Reservation
Date: 3/18/14 12:00 AM
Description: In another step to fulfill President Obama’s commitment to strengthen Indian communities, the U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) has sent purchase offers to nearly 16,000 individual landowners with fractionated interests in parcels on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Totaling more than $100 million, these offers will provide landowners the opportunity to voluntarily sell their fractionated interests, which would be consolidated and held in trust for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (March 18, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order to the U.S. Department of the Army to address 15 million pounds of abandoned explosives and propellant stored on the grounds of Camp Minden in Minden, LA. The site, in Northwestern Louisiana, has been owned and operated by the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Military Department since 2005. A private company under contract with the U.S

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:00:01 -0500

DALLAS – (March 17, 2014) Every year, more than 10,000 gallons of water is wasted in homes due to easy-to-fix leaks. Nationwide, household leaks add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reminding homeowners of the easy steps they can take to help save water in their communities now and for future generations

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Video of Hand Drum SIPI Accreditation Honor Song
Date: 3/14/14 12:00 AM
Description: I am pleased to share with you a beautiful video of two SIPI students, Matthew Gachupin and Byron Yepa, both students from the Pueblo of Jemez drumming and singing their gift of song to SIPI, the Hand Drum SIPI Accreditation Honor Song.

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Secretary Jewell Announces $3.2 Million in Grant Awards For 21 Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Projects
Date: 3/14/14 12:00 AM
Description: CROW AGENCY, Montana -- As part of President Obama’s commitment to work with Indian Country leaders to promote strong, prosperous and resilient tribal economies and communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that $3.2 million has been awarded to 21 tribal projects to assist in developing energy and mineral resources, including $655,000 to the Crow Tribe to advance a hydroelectric project that will provide low-cost clean power to tribal members and encourage business on Crow lands.

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: SIPI Awarded “Initial Accreditation” Status By The Higher Learning Commission
Date: 3/12/14 12:00 AM
Description: Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced that the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), a Bureau of Indian Education operated post-secondary institution of higher learning in Albuquerque, N.M., has been awarded “initial accreditation” status by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Title: Assistant Secretary Washburn Issues Decision on Gaming Application for Kaw Nation of Oklahoma
Date: 3/10/14 12:00 AM
Description: Washington, D.C. – Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today issued a decision to acquire a 21-acre parcel of land in Kay County, Oklahoma, in trust for the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma (Nation) for gaming purposes. The Tribe plans to construct and operate a small casino facility on the site, which also hosts the Tribe’s travel plaza that provides refueling to interstate traffic and will continue to operate on the site.

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:00:01 -0600

HOUSTON – EPA Administrator McCarthy will travel to Houston Thursday, March 6th. The Administrator will begin the day with a walking tour of the Buffalo Bayou Project alongside Houston Mayor Annise Parker and U.S. Representative Gene Green. A short press availability will follow the walking tour. Later in the day, Administrator McCarthy will deliver a keynote address at the CERAWeek conference on energy and the environment

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0600

Title: President's Indian Affairs Budget Request Promotes Strong Tribal Economies, Communities and Families
Date: 3/4/14 12:00 AM
Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for Indian Affairs, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), is $2.6 billion – a $33.6 million increase above the FY 2014 enacted level. The request maintains the President’s commitment to meet the Federal government’s responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes by promoting stronger tribal economies, communities and families.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:00 -0600

Title: Statement of Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, Regarding the Cedarville Racheria
Date: 2/28/14 12:00 AM
Description: Washington ­­– “Last week, the Cedarville Rancheria experienced a terrible tragedy. Three tribal members, one tribal employee were killed and two tribal members were seriously injured, leaving the community aggrieved and in shock.

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:00:01 -0600

DALLAS – (Feb. 27, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $720,000 in grants to fund 16 environmental projects along the Texas and New Mexico U.S-Mexico border. The projects include improving air monitoring, expanding waste collection and recycling, and improving environmental awareness and education among area residents. “At EPA, we are always looking for ways to help communities identify and solve problems

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 05:00:00 -0600

Title: Assistant Secretary Washburn Approves Funding for College of the Muscogee Nation
Date: 2/12/14 12:00 AM
Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced that the College of the Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, Okla., is eligible for operations funding from the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) under Title I of Public Law 95-471, the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978, as amended. Funding to the College would commence in July 2014.

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:00:01 -0600

DALLAS - Tomorrow, following a tour at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center and Centennial Solar Farms, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will join San Antonio Mayor Juli_n Castro and San Antonio utility executives for a press conference to highlight San Antonio’s leadership in sustainability, water conservation and clean energy in the face of a changing climate

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:00:01 -0600

DALLAS – (Feb. 10, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the approval of Oklahoma’s state clean-air plan to control regional haze from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) two coal-fired power plants at its Northeastern Station in Oologah, OK. The state’s plan is a result of the April 2012 agreement between EPA, Oklahoma and PSO to both reduce pollution and protect Oklahoma consumers and ratepayers

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:00:01 -0600

DALLAS – (Feb. 6, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2012. This annual report provides citizens with critical information about their communities, including data on certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water, and land, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities by facilities across the country

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 04:00:01 -0600

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Thursday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in New Orleans to meet with city officials and highlight the city’s efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change. McCarthy will join New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to commemorate the completion of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s new pilot rain garden and speak on climate resiliency at 5302 Wildair Drive in the Fillmore neighborhood

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:35:30 -0600

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0600

Title: Bureau of Indian Affairs Publishes Updated Federally Recognized Tribes List
Date: 1/30/14 12:00 AM
Description: WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published in the Federal Register on Jan. 29 a notice with the updated listing of all federally recognized tribes in the United States, as required by law. The list is maintained, updated and published by the BIA’s Office of Indian Services, Division of Tribal Government Services. The list was last published on May 6, 2013.

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0600

Title: Secretary Jewell to Celebrate Next Cooperative Agreement under the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
Date: 1/29/14 12:00 AM
Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, Thursday, January 30, 2014 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Chairman Ronald Trahan of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, located in Montana, will announce a cooperative agreement to implement the Land Buy Back for Tribal Nations Program (Buy-Back Program) on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Buy-Back Program will purchase trust or restricted interests from willing sellers and transfer those interests to the Tribes in order to unlock lands for tribal development and other priorities.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:20:02 -0600

For the past few months, two Forest Service National Forest System staffs—Lands and Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources—revised their Forest Service directives. Directives tell Forest Service staff what to do and how to do it. Specifically, they revised the Solar Energy Directives, Commercial Filming Directives, and a Heritage Program Interim (short-term) Directive. The tribal consultation period will begin December 4, 2013, and concludes 120 days later on April 4, 2013.

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 19:50:37 -0500

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