Administrator Pruitt Addresses National Tribal Operations Committee

Written By: Stratton Report
October 12, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed the National Tribal Operations Committee recently; where he spoke on the pressing issues facing environmental leaders in Indian country and how best the Agency and tribal leaders can collaborate on their shared goals and challenges.

Administrator Pruitt commented,

EPA is committed to working and partnering with tribal governments to address our shared environmental concerns and challenges. I understand the important role that tribal governments play in environmental management, and the unique government-to-government relationship that tribes have with the federal government. The process that we engage in as co-regulators is very important. I believe that regulations ought to make sense, and part of that is engaging directly with tribal governments –taking comments and consulting with tribal governments, so that we are making informed decisions.

In 1984, President Reagan had published the Federal Indian Policy which supports the primary role of tribal governments matters affecting American Indian Reservations. EPA had worked to recognize the importance of tribal governments in regulatory activities to ensure healthy outcomes for American citizens living on Indian Reservations.

“The 1984 EPA Indian Policy is a critical instrument that provides both the EPA and Native American tribes with principles that illustrate the federal trust relationship,” said National Tribal Caucus Chairman Evaristo Cruz. “On behalf of the National Tribal Caucus we would like to thank Administrator Pruitt for upholding and honoring this legacy that EPA has instituted.”

Administrator Pruitt continues to work with American’s tribal partners and is reaffirming EPA’s 1984 Policy that would continue to advance cooperative federalism within the policy’s principles.