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Montana: Montana Indian Country CARE Project (A Former EPA CARE Project)

The summary and links below provide a description and documentation of a Rocky Mountain College, Montana project that received a Level II Cooperative Agreement from EPA’s former Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program in 2006. These case studies serve as historic references, and conditions since the project was funded may have changed. 

The resources developed for this project provide communities with information about ways that other communities have addressed environmental issues. Communities can use these project results to reduce environmental impacts, understand risks and become stewards of their own environment.


Montana Indian Country CARE Project  
Rocky Mountain College, Montana 
EPA Region 8

Mountain Indian Country CARE Project (MICCP) is the recipient of a Level II CARE Cooperative Agreement. MICCP will create and coordinate the collaboration of four Tribal Colleges with four different tribal reservation communities. MICCP aims to educate reservation communities about everyday toxic exposures and help them reduce and mitigate those exposures. This cooperative agreement will help the program with the unique toxics issues that are faced by tribal communities, while providing real environmental benefits to the people of Montana.

The project will be led by Rocky Mountain College, which will coordinate the effort among four local colleges, utilizing their science program to provide technical support to the community partnerships. The risk reduction priorities have been identified though a joint project of Rocky Mountain College and the four community colleges called the Indian Country Environmental Health Project (ICEHP), which was supported by the State of Montana’s Community Environmental Health Assessments program. The priority environmental issues include toxic contamination from methamphetamine labs, drinking water contamination, indoor and outdoor air quality, mold, household chemical use and disposal, pesticide use, and solid and hazardous waste. Planning projects include toxic reduction strategy for families, inventory of toxic exposure sources for tribal communities as the knowledge base for tribal planning and education campaigns, culturally sensitive messages that communicate toxic exposure in Indian Country, and promotion of toxic reduction strategies in a majority of Tribal schools.

CARE Partners:  Montana State Government, Tribal governments, Fort Peck reservation, Fort Peck Community College, Fort Belknap Reservation, Fort Belknap College, Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Chief Dull Knife College, Crow Reservation, and Little Big Horn College.

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