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1 Kellie J. Poolaw Director of Environmental Programs Delaware Nation of Oklahoma National Tribal Forum on Air Quality May 1, 2013 SUCCESSFUL OUTREACH FOR SMALLER TRIBES

2 Anadarko, Oklahoma Located ~60 miles southwest of OKC County seat of Caddo County Population=6,762 (2010 Census) ~42% is Natives ~28% of all households live below the poverty level Home to Delaware Nation, Wichita Tribe, Apache Tribe, Riverside Indian School, Regional & Area BIA offices & IHS Clinic Members of Caddo Nation, Comanche Nation, Cheyenne & Arapaho, Fort Sill-Apache & Kiowa Tribes also represented And the 2012 State Football Champions, State Girls’ Basketball Champions, Weightlifting & Cross Country State Champions A/k/a “Dodge”

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6 DELAWARE NATION OF OKLAHOMA Located 2 miles North of Anadarko (~60 miles southwest of OKC) Covers 1,140 square miles 729,600 acres Jurisdiction shared with Caddo Nation & Wichita Tribe Includes parts of Caddo, Grady, Blaine, Custer, Washita and Canadian Counties Current enrollment-1,456 Operates Gold River Casino-Anadarko; Casino Oklahoma-Hinton;

7 DELAWARE NATION ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS Established in 1998 through General Assistance Program (GAP) Grant Currently employs Director, Environmental Technician (also serves Air Program), Water Quality Coordinator & WQ Technician Operates GAP, CAA 103 & CWA 106 Also serves as Nation’s Emergency Management Squad

8 Delaware Nation Air Program Also established Air Program in 1998 Used low-vol passive Ozone monitors to determine need for monitoring Initially began with PM collocated monitors for 2.5 & 10 QAPP approved for Ozone & Met monitoring in 2005 IAQ education

9 LOCAL ISSUES Exceptional drought Illegal open pit dumping Illegal burning of trash & tires Crop dusting & misuse of pesticides Littering Improperly maintained vehicles Hydraulic Fracturing or “Fracking” –Oklahoma is an oil & gas state –Many concerned more about the money than the environment on all levels (from boardroom to dining room) Local Media Politics  Lack of education-environmental or otherwise Apathy

10 TRIBAL ISSUES Funding Inadequate disposal options –No curbside recycling in the area –Uninformed masses Allowed dumping –Many Indian landowners allow friends and family members to dump on their land –“You can’t tell me what to do with my own land!” Checkerboard land ownership –Fractionated lands –Multiple owners –No oversight of property by owners Owners live elsewhere/have died Elderly owners who are unable to provide oversight Illegal dumping Poaching

11 TRIBAL ISSUES Lack of enforcement on tribal lands and leases –Poor stewardship by lessees –Some lessees do not abide by grazing ratio or lease terms –Inadequate response from Law Enforcement Mold issues in tribal housing Non-Green Business Practices –Casinos still utilizing Styrofoam –Lack of energy conservation Laziness Politics 

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13 Shared Frustrations

14 The Myths Tribes have unlimited resources at their disposal. They do not need support, monetarily or otherwise, for their activities. Tribes should be able to provide any and all services at no cost to the member, from cradle to grave, no matter what cost to the tribe.

15 The Truth Tribes depend on community support for successful events and practices. Self-sufficient tribal members contribute to the overall sustainability of the tribe. We all bear the responsibility of environmental stewardship.

16 What does DNEP offer the community?

17 Air Quality Signs

18 Local Air Quality Update Created by DNEP Air Coordinator Jason Pruner as a way to promote awareness to Local Air Quality Issues Sent a few times a week Weather updates, AQI, Allergy Alert & fun facts

19 Delaware Nation Tire Cage

20 America Recycles Day

21 Student Volunteers

22 Electronics Recycling

23 Trash Off

24 Green Scene

25 Weather School

26 Keep Delaware Nation Beautiful Established in 2012 First official Tribal affiliate of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Obtained Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant to address harmful disposal practices Able to apply for more grants through membership Winner of the 2012 ODOT Trash Off Award

27 Involving Other Departments

28 Complex Volunteers

29 Supporting Other Tribes

30 Involving the Community

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32 OTHER ACTIVITIES EPA Region VI NTAA Alternate Earth Day Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Environmental Bingo! World Water Monitoring Challenge Listening Ears Story Time Hour Anadarko Beautification Committee Oklahoma Emergency Management system

33 ANY QUESTIONS?

34 DELAWARE NATION ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS Director of Environmental Programs-Kellie J. Poolaw Environmental Technician/Administrative Asst.-Ivy Smith Water Quality Coordinator-Christina Cooper Water Quality Technician-Josh Worcester P.O. Box 825 Phone: (405) 247-2448 Anadarko, OK. 73005 Fax: (405) 247-9393


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