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Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Strengthen Environmental Programs with EPA Grant

Release Date: 12/03/2014
Contact Information: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or

DALLAS – (Dec.3, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $110,000 to the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Okla. as part of the General Assistance Program (GAP). The tribe will use the funds to manage environmental programs and strengthen its environmental protection program. The group will also use the funds for training and education in climate change, lead base paint, indoor air, pesticides and emergency planning.

The primary purpose of GAP is to support the development of core tribal environmental protection programs. Other activities to be carried out under the grant include attending environmentally related training and conducting community outreach.

In 1992, Congress passed the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act which authorizes EPA to provide GAP grants to federally recognized tribes and tribal groups for planning, developing, and establishing environmental protection programs in Indian country, as well as for developing and implementing solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands.

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