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American Indian & Alaskan Native Toolkits

These tools and guides can be used to help support American Indian and Alaska Native environmental health agencies. Browse the list below to find funding opportunities, educational resources, and programmatic support.

EPA Tribal Lead Guidebook

EPA | Lead Awareness in Indian Country
This guidebook provides tribal communities an educational tool to discuss potential lead exposure and promote in-home activities that parents, grandparents, childcare providers, and others can do to reduce childhood lead exposure.

Disaster Response Toolkit

FEMA | Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook
The Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook (the Tribal Handbook) is a tool for Tribal governments to use in developing a mitigation plan that meets the requirements of Title 44. It focuses on practical approaches for how Tribes can build mitigation plans that reduce long-term risk from natural hazards.

Community Health Assessment for Public Health Accreditation Toolkit

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona | Toolkit
This resource is to provide support for tribal leaders, health professionals, and community members in the planning and implementation of Community Health Accreditations.

American Indian and Alaska Native Environmental Health Recognition Awards

NEHA | Webpage
These awards are an opportunity for leaders in Tribal Environmental Health to showcase the important work they do to protect the health of their communities.

A Decade of Tribal Environmental Health Research: Results and Impacts from EPA's Extramural Grants and Fellowship Programs

EPA | Report
This resource discusses outcomes and results of Tribal Environmental Health research from EPA funded grants.

After more than a decade of funding research addressing the unique needs of AI/AN communities, EPA's Tribal Environmental Health Research Program and other Agency tribal research has yielded data, tools, products, methods and knowledge. These help to:

  • better define and reduce the health risks of tribal populations,
  • protect natural resources essential to cultural and spiritual practices, and
  • encourage ecological knowledge and tribal practices of protecting and preserving the earth for future generations.

A Guidebook for Developing Tribal Water Quality Standards

National Tribal Water Council | Guidebook
Water quality management programs can be as varied as the tribes who develop them. This guidebook focuses on the fundamental element of any water quality management program: water quality standards.

Environmental Health Toolkit – Strengthening Environmental Health Programs and Services in your Tribal Community

Indian Health Service Division of Environmental Health Services | Toolkit
The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) has developed this Toolkit in order to improve the services provided by IHS and to assist tribes in developing and implementing environmental health programs. The goal of this Toolkit is to provide a set of resources for helping Tribe's assess and strengthen their Environmental Health programs and services in order to support a comprehensive, integrated approach to environmental health. The second goal of this Toolkit is to clearly identify the operational standards for a governmental environmental health system and support tribes in achieving them.

Tribal Green Building Toolkit

EPA | Toolkit
This Tribal Green Building Toolkit is designed to help tribal officials, community members, planners, developers and architects develop and adopt building codes to support green building practices. Both tribes without building codes and with existing building codes can use this Toolkit.