335588 E. 750 Rd.
Perkins, OK 74059
The Office of Environmental Services protects, maintains and restores natural resources by implementing conservation programs for the preservation of cultural beliefs and ecological integrity.
1. Create and develop Environmental Programs that protect the health and welfare of Tribal members and Reservation natural resources. In doing so, emphasizing and respecting cultural and traditional ways of life.
2. Develop codes and regulations to protect air and water quality and other natural resources while recognizing and incorporating cultural and traditional values to the extent possible, recognizing that some Programs may be bound by scientific, legal, and regulatory criteria.
3. Serve the Tribal membership in an efficient manner in acquiring the necessary information, knowledge, and resources for addressing environmental questions, issues and concerns.
4. Act as liaisons for the Tribal government and Tribal membership with federal, state, and local agencies regarding environmental issues.
The Office of Environmental Services (OES) was established by the Iowa Tribe in September of 1997 to pursue environmental capacity building and to develop environmental initiatives. The purpose is to protect and preserve the air, land, and water on Iowa Tribal lands for the benefit of present and future generations. The OES has been funded since 1997 through the EPA’s General Assistance Program Grant (GAP) and works to develop strategies to protect the ITO’s environment and natural resources. In the past, ITO was recognized as one of the top tribes in the state for program development.
The Iowa Tribe has developed several programs and strategies for a variety of environmental initiatives. Over the years, the OES has completed work and research in the following programs: solid waste, surface water, groundwater, air quality, oil and gas, integrated resources management plan, cattle, bison, horses, eagle sanctuary, and wind power. Funding for these programs was received by various federal departments and other organizations including the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
Under GAP funding, the Iowa Tribe assembled and submitted the documentation needed to successfully gain “Treatment as State” status during funding year 2001. TAS opens many grant opportunities and is essential for the development of surface water and groundwater monitoring capabilities. OES also received TAS approval from Region 6 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Clean Water Act § 319. Section 319 of the CWA addresses non-point source (NPS) pollution. This will open new funding opportunities for ITO that will fund projects to reduce NPS pollution. The Iowa Tribe’s attainment of TAS status for § 106 allowed the OES to receive funding to monitor and restore the health of a local wetland and other surface waters. The OES helps other departments within the Tribe by creating maps, completing environmental assessments or reviews, and providing information important to future planning. OES also completes some water testing as requested by Tribal members. The OES is here to assist the Iowa Tribal community and surrounding community with environmental concerns.