Resolution 2019-11: Indian Environmental General Assistant Program

WHEREAS,  Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is an Alaska Native tribal health and social services consortium established by the Interior Alaska tribes and tribal communities, to provide a unified voice in advancing sovereign tribal governments through the promotion of physical and mental wellness, education, socioeconomic development and culture of the Interior Alaska Native; and

WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has funds available through the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act (IGAP) for the purpose of building tribal capacity to administer environmental programs, to operate drinking water and wastewater utilities, and to develop training programs to address environmental issues; and

WHEREAS, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is a consortium of 37 federally recognized tribes in Interior Alaska. TCC has co-signed the Alaska Tribal Health Compact under Title V of the ISDEAA and has co-signed the BIA Title II Compact; and

WHEREAS, TCC and its member Tribes hold an annual meeting for the purpose of transacting such business as may come before the meeting (TCC Bylaws Article 3, Section 1); and

WHEREAS, each member Tribe is entitled to elect one director. Each director must be a resident of the State of Alaska and Alaska Native member of a member Tribe of TCC. Each director holds office during the period of one annual meeting to another (TCC Bylaws Article 4, Section 2); and

WHEREAS, this resolution seeks to demonstrate that TCC meets the eligibility requirements of an lntertribal Consortium as listed in 40 CFR § 35.504 and further authorizes TCC to apply for and receive assistance; and

WHEREAS, each director authorizes TCC to apply for, receive, and administer an IGAP grant for the period of FY20 through FY24 (October 2019 through September 2024).

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Tanana Chiefs Conference Full Board of Directors authorizes TCC staff to apply for Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act funds, and, if awarded, to design and implement a program to build tribal capacity to administer environmental programs and to operate drinking water and wastewater utilities.

Submitted by: Evansville Tribal Council


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