Tribal Environmental Regulation and Jurisdiction

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Course Title: Tribal Environmental Regulation and Jurisdiction
Course ID: POL-430
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): November 14, 2012: 8:30am - 5:00pm
November 15, 2012: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: TBD

Boise, ID
Instructor: Scott Andrews
Tuition: $595 / $545*
$545 / $495* (Before September 29, 2012)
Class is Closed



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.

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.

Continuing Education Units: 1.30 CEUs

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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


About the Instructor

Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews has been the Environmental Management Coordinator for the Swinomish Tribe since 2001, responsible for environmental regulation, enforcement and related policy and ordinance development, including programs in shoreline management, air quality and hazardous waste. Recent projects include working on the Swinomish Climate Initiative to develop a Tribal plan for climate change adaptation. He has worked in a variety of environmental and natural resource fields and has served in policy and legislative positions for non-profit organizations as lobbyist and executive director. He was Legal Counsel for the Natural Resources Committee of the Nebraska Legislature and is currently a member of the Washington State Bar Association. Mr. Andrews also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji developing a fisheries aquaculture program.

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

Disability Accommodations

Disability Accommodations:

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at [email protected] or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.


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*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members.

If you have any trouble registering please call (425) 270-3274 ext 103
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