Course Description

Course ID: 
Policy & Regulations
Continuing Education Units: 

Tribal Environmental Regulation and Jurisdiction is a two-day introductory course on environmental regulation and jurisdictional issues on and affecting Indian Reservations. Key issues explored include: when Tribes have regulatory authority over who and what on Reservation; the interplay of tribal sovereignty and ordinances, federal law and when state and local laws may apply.

After an introduction of the historical underpinnings of Federal Indian law and a basic overview of inherent authority of tribal governments and delegation of federal authority, the discussion will shift to the protection of air and water quality, waste management, environmental review process and the intersection of land-use and environmental regulation on Indian reservations.

The course will also explore tribal federal reserve water rights and treaty hunting and fishing rights and the relationship of these various rights to environmental protection and natural resource management.

"I really enjoyed getting a basic introduction to Indian regulation...his examples were all relevant...Mr. Andrews was able to make this easily understandable for someone with no prior knowledge of the subject matter." B. Davis, May 2013

"Very focused on practical issues and good balance of history and present day realities." B. Dam, October, 2013

*Registration: Reduced tuition for employees of Native American tribes, government agencies, nonprofits, students and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members. You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 425-270-3274.

Course Materials: 

Attendees will receive a course manual containing workshop proceedings and reference material.

Intended Audience: 

- Tribal environmental staff to improve their knowledge of environmental regulatory roles, powers and options.
- Tribal leadership who want to better understand their power and sovereignty within the context of environmental protection.
- State, local and federal regulatory officials to improve their understanding of the boundaries of jurisdiction and how to work with tribes.
- Attorneys with interest, but little experience in Indian Law.
- Others who wish to better understand how to work in Indian Country or with tribal environmental regulations.

Cancelation Policy: 

Once your order has been placed, you are subject to our cancellation policy regardless of the status of your invoice.

  • 31 days prior to training -> 100% refund
  • 30-16 days prior to training -> 50% refund
  • 15 - start of course -> No refund available

Attendee replacement acceptable at anytime.Course registration fees and cancellation policy are subject to change without notice.

More Information

Course Topics

Day 1
*Basic Federal Indian Law – from Treaties to current judicial trends, the basic underpinnings and history of the laws governing Tribes and Reservations.

*Inherent Authority of Tribes as sovereign governments and its limits, including the judicial trends of the last couple decades often narrowing that authority.

*Delegation of regulatory authority by Congress and the EPA to Tribes for implementation of federal environmental laws, including the process, and pitfalls, of such delegation.

*Regulation of water quality on Reservation and how various section of the Clean Water Act apply.

*Air quality Monitoring and Protection from emission sources on and near affected Reservations.

Day 2

*Tribal Programs for Hazardous waste management and cleanup, Brownfields redevelopment and spill response.

*Environmental Review under Federal NEPA, Tribal TEPAs and the role of the Endangered Species Act.

*Land Use planning and permitting on Reservations and its intersection with environmental regulation and jurisdiction.

*Tribal Water Rights

* Tribal Treaty Fishing and Hunting


What to Bring

Pen or pencil, and a pad of paper to take notes. Drinks and snacks will be provided each day but lunch will be on your own.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

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