Tribal Science Council-TSC
The Tribal Science Council (TSC), established in 1999, is a forum for interaction between Tribal and Agency representatives to work collaboratively on environmental science issues. The Council is comprised of EPA representatives from across the Agency, a tribal representative from each of the EPA regions with federally recognized tribes, and a representative of the Alaska Native Villages. The TSC is committed to the development of sound scientific approaches to meet the needs of Tribes.
Mission Statement The Tribal Science Council is a forum for interaction between Tribal and Agency representatives to work collaboratively on environmental science issues. The Tribal Science Council is committed to the development of sound scientific approaches to meet the needs of Tribes.
•Better understand (1) the priority science issues of tribes from across the nation, and (2) EPA's ability to address these issues and consider them as part of its formal planning process.
•Collaborate on approaches for addressing priority scientific issues.
•Share EPA products or activities that could help address the important science issues of tribes.
•Promote partnerships between tribal and EPA scientists in the development and application of science tools.
•Communicate and coordinate with other Agencies and organizations to more effectively respond to issues.
Check out the TSC Newsletter below!
National Tribal Operations Committee- NTOC
In order to improve communication and build stronger partnerships with the tribes, EPA established a National Tribal Operations Committee (NTOC) in February 1994. NTOC is comprised of 19 Tribal leaders (Tribal Caucus) and EPA's Senior Leadership Team, including the Administrator, the Deputy Administrator and the Agency's Assistant Administrators and Regional Administrators.
NTOC meets on a regular basis to discuss implementation of the environmental protection programs for which EPA and the tribes share responsibility as co-regulators. All tribes are encouraged to communicate with the members of NTOC.
Link to Representative List
Office of Indian Affairs- NM
Vision and MissionVision:
New Mexico's Native American citizens will have the resources necessary to improve their quality of life and maintain their cultures and languages through collaborative, productive and lasting government-to-government relationships between the State of New Mexico and Indian tribes, nations and pueblos as well as through effective participation of Native Americans in all aspects of state government.
As a cabinet-level department, the Indian Affairs Department (IAD) is the lead coordinating agency in New Mexico state government for ensuring effective interagency and state-tribal government-to-government relations. The IAD reinforces tribal governmental efforts to ensure that Native American concerns and needs are addressed in state policy making decisions; effectively manages, and facilitates ways to increase and leverage, state resources to benefit Native Americans; and successfully collaborates with national, tribal, state and local agencies, entities, and organizations.
For a list of all NMED Tribal Liaisons, see link below.
Regional Tribal Operations Committee-RTOC
The Environmental Protection Agency established the Tribal Operations Committee (TOC) in 1994 to assist EPA with the establishment of a national co-regulatory partnership. The intent of the TOC was to implement the 1984 Indian Policy by providing a forum for enhancing tribal environmental protection. The Region 6 Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) was subsequently established to serve as a liaison between the TOC, the Tribes, and Region 6 on national policy issues and to articulate tribal concerns to the Senior Managers and staff regarding regional issues.
Region 6 Representatives:
Delegate: Dino Chavarria
Santa Clara Pueblo
P.O. Box 580
Espanola, NM 87532
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 70
McLoud, OK 74851
NM RTOC Representative Tribes
San Felipe, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and Pueblo of Tesuque
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