Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program (TSWEAP):
The Tribal Solid Waste Education and Assistance Program is focused on providing training and assistance in the field of solid waste for tribal nations and communities.

Working in partnership with the US EPA's American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) and the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), ITEP delivers training courses and direct technical assistance activities to assist tribes in creating and implementing solid waste codes and ordinances. These courses feature tribal professionals and legal experts who walk attendees through the process of crafting solid waste codes, as well as getting them implemented. Additionally, those individuals selected to take part in the training courses will have access to legal expert advice as they create their codes.

Under a grant from the US Department of Agriculture, ITEP will be offering a series of training courses focused on source reduction. The following courses will be offered during 2014-2015:
  • Composting Strategies and Operations for Tribes
  • Greening Tribal Facilities and Operations
  • Recycling Strategies and Operations for Tribes

Special Tribal Mentor Site Visit Opportunity
As part of TSWEAP, we are offering a special opportunity to have tribal professionals visit tribes who are interested in creating, or improving, source reduction projects. Three tribes will be selected to participate in this activity. We’ve developed this activity to provide one-on-one mentoring for tribes who are interested in establishing innovative and effective source reduction projects but are facing challenges. Experienced tribal mentors will be recruited to visit the selected tribes, providing feedback and direct assistance. If you are interested in being considered for this project, please click below to download the application. Please submit your completed application to Todd Barnell at

   » Click HERE for the Tribal Mentor Site Visit Application. [docx]

For more information, please contact:
Todd Barnell, Program Manager
Tel: 928/523-3840

Julie Jurkowski, Program Coordinator
Tel: 928/523-9404

Last updated: December 19, 2014


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