Environmental Program

The Delaware Tribe Environmental Program (DTEP) currently operates under a U.S. EPA GAP Grant for Fiscal Year 2013.

The EPA General Assistance Program (GAP) Grant was awarded for $125,000 in September 2012. The GAP Grant is a 12-month grant. The grant time period began October 1, 2012 and will end September 30, 2013. The Objective and Purpose of the GAP Grant are as follows:

The GAP grant offers a unique opportunity to the Delaware Tribe of Indians to administer its own integrated environmental program, develop the capability to manage specific programs, and establish a core program for environmental protection. Funding with this grant will be the only way the tribe can establish the program, since additional resources are not available through the general operation budget. The project goal is to develop a Delaware Tribal Environmental Office, with an initial project being the implementation of a tribal recycling program. The objective of this project is to put into action the long-held tribal value of caring for the land. We plan to do this by putting in place the staff and materials for an environmental program, increasing tribal members’ and employees’ awareness of environmental issues, and partnering with the City of Bartlesville to increase the amount of recycled materials that would otherwise go to a landfill.

In addition to Solid Waste Management (Recycling), research is being conducted by the program in the areas of E-Recycling (computers, TVs, household electronics), Energy Efficiency, and Air Quality Monitoring. For more information or questions contact DTEP Director Jimmie Johnson at 918-337-6590 or jimmiejohnson@delawaretribe.org.