Professor Grijalva’s Tribal Environmental Law Project flourishes

This fall, Professor Grijalva engaged tribal environmental professionals across the country on a broad variety of environmental issues. In August, he conducted a 4-hour workshop on Strengthening Tribal Self-Determination and Self-Governance by Administering Environmental Protection Programs: The Continuing Relevance of EPA’s 1984 Indian Policy and 1992 GAP Statute, and presented Developing Tribal Water Quality Standards as a First and Critical Step Toward Tribal Environmental Self-Determination, at the annual national Tribal Lands and Environment Forum, held this year in Palm Springs, California. In September, Professor Grijalva presented a webinar on Tribal Air Programs as Environmental Self-Determination, for the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona’s Environmental Managers Working Group Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. In November, he spoke on Applying for Treatment in a Similar Manner as States for the purpose of Tribal Nation Administration of the Clean Water Act, at the United South and Eastern Tribes’ 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting on the Choctaw Reservation in Mississippi. Later in November, Professor Grijalva presented Tribal Sovereignty and Environmental Self-Determination in the Native Agents of Change Lecture Series at the Native American Cultural Center of Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona, and while there also met with the staff of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals to discuss various legal and policy issues underlying implementation of federal environmental law in Indian country.