Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
ITEP was created to act as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University (NAU), various federal, state and local governments, and the private sector, in support of environmental protection of Native American natural resources. ITEP was established at NAU in 1992, in cooperation with the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Their mission is to strengthen "tribal capacity and sovereignty in environmental and natural resource management through culturally relevant education, research, partnerships and policy-based services."
ITEP supports several partnership groups between the US EPA and tribes, including:
- The National Tribal Air Association (NTAA)
- The National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC)
- The Tribal Waste & Response Assistance Program (TWRAP)
- The National Environmental Information Exchange Network (NEIEN)
ITEP offers training in air quality, climate change, clean energy, solid waste, and water. THey also support k-16 environmental education and internships.