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About the Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program

Students at Tohono O'odham Community College lay carbon-negative bricks made from recycled glass and adobe at the local museum.

EPA's Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program partners Tribal College and University (TCU) with EPA scientists to solve the environmental problems most important to their tribal communities.

Apply now through July 31 for the 2015-2016 Program

2014-2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors

  • Fond Du Lac College – Dr. Courtney Kowalczak
    Assessing Dragonflies as a Sentinel Species for Mercury in the St. Louis River Watershed

  • Institute of American Indian Arts – Dr. Annie McDonnell
    Mapping stories of change - Indigenous ecological knowledge and sustainable technologies for student-led campus climate adaptation and mitigation projects

  • Northwest Indian College – Ane Berrett, in partnership with Americorps
    Foodscaping a Tribal College

  • Salish Kootenai College – Dr. Robert Kenning
    Informing Camas Restoration on the Flathead Indian Reservation: adapting to climate change and invasive species

At the end of this academic year,  EPA's Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program has given over 150 TCU students the opportunity to work with their professors and EPA scientists while solving environmental problems in their communities, 3 transferable online courses are ready to share with other TCUs, and dozens of new partnerships have been formed to support this great work long-term.

Students at Northwest Indian College test mollusks for biotoxins.

Read about results from last year's projects


Visit the American Indian Higher Education Consortium page for videos of last year's Tribal ecoAmbassador projects.


2013-2014 Program Report
2011-2012 Program Report

For more information or to apply for next year’s program, contact Rosalva Tapia at Tapia.Rosalva@epa.gov.


"Building stronger tribal partnerships and increasing our support for tribal communities is one of our top priorities," said EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida. "This group of Ambassadors represents an effective partnership where the tribal community can direct EPA resources to the most pressing environmental problems they face, and to start developing solutions."

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For more information contact EPA's Rosalva Tapia at (202) 564-5197 or Tapia.Rosalva@epa.gov

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