The distinct cultures of Tribal Nations are highly integrated into our environments, with many Tribal cultures and economies heavily dependent on environmental and subsistence resources. Disturbances to these environments, which extend beyond the boundaries of individual reservations, have proven to disrupt the survival of Tribal cultures and subsistence lifestyles. In fulfillment of the trust obligation, the federal government has a responsibility to ensure the protection of Tribal environments and resources by recognizing and upholding the inherent sovereign status of Tribal Nations. As sovereigns, Tribal Nations must be able to exercise our authority by enacting and administering important regulatory programs over our homelands. These authorities must not be subject to or diminished by state regulatory standards which do not have authority over Tribal lands and could threaten crucial Tribal or federal protections for our environment and resources.
- Testimony of Dr. Casey Thornbrugh, United South and Eastern Tribes, before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for the Hearing, “Tribal Voices, Tribal Wisdom: Strategies for the Climate Crisis” - November 18, 2021
- USET SPF Comments to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) re: Proposed Revisions to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Regulations and NEPA 2020 Final Rule - November 22, 2021
- USET SPF Comments FEMA RFI Climate Change EOs - July 22, 2021
- USET SPF Comments: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Creation of the Office of Public Participation - April 23, 2021
- USET SPF Comments on EPA Consultation on Tribal Consultation - March 31, 2021
- USET SPF Comments to USDA on Tribal Consultation - March 22, 2021
- USET SPF Comments on Proposed NEPA Revisions - March 10, 2020
- Joint Tribal Organizations Letter in Support of Janie Sims Hipp Nomination for USDA General Counsel - May 24, 2021
- USET SPF Joins and Assists with Joint DAPL Letter to Biden Admin - February 9, 2021
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