Tribal Environmental Programs: Providing Meaningful Involvement and Fair Treatment
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Tribal governments are developing and implementing federally authorized and/or approved tribal environmental programs in the areas of water quality, air quality, and solid waste. As part of this federal delegation process there are federal requirements relating to due process and fair treatment of the public and stakeholders who may be affected by the tribal environmental laws and regulations. This article explores and examines public participation and due process within the tribal context and proposes tribal institutions are in the best position to articulate the tribal cultural and social norms of public participation and fair treatment. It is through this process that tribes can best preserve, strengthen and incorporate native concepts of equity and justice, and build communication and cooperation within their communities.