EPA Supports Environmental Improvement For Native American Tribes in Virginia
The EPA awarded around $660,000 to Native American tribes in Virginia for the purpose of advancing environmental education.
- By Nikki Johnson Bolden
- Dec 01, 2020
The EPA announced on November 27 that it awarded almost $660,000 to federally recognized Native tribes in Virginia as part of the Tribal Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP).
Five tribes—the Chickahominy Indians Eastern Division, Monacan Indian Nation, Nansemond Indian Nation, Rappahannock Tribe and Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe—were each granted $110,000 for this year. The tribes are eligible each year to apply for these non-competitive GAP grants. There is no requirement for applying for the assistance.
“We are glad to provide these funds to the tribal nations within the Mid-Atlantic region to protect the environment and educate the surrounding community to the land’s importance,” said Cosmo Servidio, EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator. “The EPA is committed to working with the tribes. Tribes across the nation have been able to use these grants since 1993 to provide recycling, clean water and air programs. We are excited to see what is ahead for the seven tribes within our region.”
The grants will help tribes improve their environmental conditions and establish their own environmental departments.
More information on the tribal environmental grants can be found at epa.gov.