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Tribal Nations

There are 566 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in the United States. Each tribe is distinct by its history, language, culture and traditions. Tribal Nations are sovereign entities with the inherent right to self governance and self determination.

The United States government and Tribal Nations share a unique government to government relationship. State, local and tribal governments share common interests and responsibilities in resource management, services, environmental and economic sectors. Partnering on economic and environmental projects has the potential to increase economic growth, environmental sustainability, and improved health for all citizens through continued communication and collaboration.

For more information on Tribal Communities please visit the following: EPA American Indian Tribal Portal National Congress of the American Indians and EPA American Indian Tribal Portal

These pages are designed to help tribal communities interested in implementing climate change mitigation and energy management projects that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping to slow the rate of climate change and its impacts on economic and cultural sustainability.

At the same time, climate mitigation actions can generate a range of potential near- and long-term benefits such as improved air quality, economic and workforce development, public health, and reduced energy costs. Tribal communities can adapt the information presented here and incorporate traditional knowledge and practices into climate projects.

Tribes & Climate Change Action

This page links to information on climate impacts, the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, climate action areas, climate action planning, collaboration, funding, and examples of tribal clean energy and climate change programs.

Tribal Climate and Energy Resources & Opportunities

This section provides detailed information on tribal opportunities in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and solid waste and materials management.

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