2018- The Quapaw Tribe, the EPA, and Tribal Self-Determination, 1980-2010

“When dealing with tribes, the EPA ultimately decides how to apply the Clean Water Act (CWA, 1972), the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA, 1974), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, 1980), also known as Superfund. The EPA sets the scientific parameters to which tribes must acquiesce. In the case of the Tar Creek Superfund, EPA Region 6 did not permit the Quapaw Tribe to take the lead on cleaning its own land, despite the fact that
federal courts have empowered the EPA in electing to defer leadership in such cases. This is somewhat surprising, given that the EPA began operations on December 2, 1970, at the dawn of the self-determination era and became a primary partner with tribes. The EPA’s Indian Work Group released a statement in 1983: “It would recognize tribal governments as the primary parties for policy formulation and implementation on Indian lands, consistent with agency standards and regulations. The
Agency is prepared to work directly with Indian Tribal Governments on a one-to-one basis, rather than as subdivisions of other governments.”


Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates


Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)