Tribal Pollution Prevention

About This Web Site

We invite you to use this portal as a resource and showcase for all your tribal P2 efforts. A collaborative effort between various partners, this web site is targeted to tribal leaders and environmental managers looking to learn more about pollution prevention (P2), including resource conservation and best management practices. P2 can assist tribes with achieving environmental sustainability, and will help improve tribal communities and the lives of tribal members. Launched in October of 2004 by the NPPR Tribal P2 Workgroup, this site is an evolving resource.

Created by a web team at the Montana State University Extension Service - Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center, the site was designed with tribal culture in mind. The Crow tribe developed the graphics, layout and color scheme. Although the images cannot reflect the culture of all tribes, they do strive to reflect tribal values and activities to preserve the earth for all generations, current and future.

The medicine wheel appearing on each page reflects traditional tribal symbolism of honoring the earth. The four plants in the wheel, their significance and photo credits are shown below:

East - tobacco - renewal of life - Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
South - cedar - cleansing and growth, J.S. Peterson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
West - sage - purifies - Gary A. Monroe @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
North - sweetgrass - invites in good - Sonja Keohane,

What is Pollution Prevention (P2)?

Pollution prevention can mean many things to many people. However, for the purpose of this website, pollution prevention means:

  • Conserving raw materials and energy;
  • Eliminating or reducing the creation of solid and hazardous wastes;
  • Eliminating or reducing chemical releases into the air, water, and wastewater treatment plants;
  • Eliminating sources of ground water and storm water contamination;
  • Preventing or reducing activities that degrade ecosystems; and
  • Preventing or reducing the need for virgin materials by efficiently using the resources already at hand.

By striving to achieve environmental sustainability through pollution prevention, the tribes are taking a proactive approach to becoming responsible caretakers of the resources provided by Mother Earth. It is everyone’s responsibility to administer those resources to the best of our abilities so that they are available for the use and enjoyment of others, including future generations.

The Tribal P2 Workgroup

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) Tribal Workgroup consists of environmental professionals from tribal entities, local, state and federal agencies, academia, and not-for-profit organizations whose mission is to work collaboratively with tribes throughout the United States in reducing the environmental and health risks associated with the generation of waste in tribal lands.

Click here for information about the monthly conference call, to look at minutes from previous calls, and to join the TribalP2 Workgroup email listserv!

Tribal P2 Web Site Partners

NPPR LogoNational Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)

NPPR, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the largest membership organization in the United States devoted solely to Pollution Prevention (P2). NPPR's mission is to provide a national forum for promoting the development, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to avoid, eliminate, or reduce pollution at the source. NPPR members also have the opportunity to participate in Workgroups which help to disseminate information on cutting edge issues relating to pollution prevention. Workgroups are the lifeblood of the organization and play a major role in organizing tracks and sessions at national conferences and act as advisors on documents, reports and position papers issued by NPPR. The NPPR Tribal P2 Workgroup is one of over fourteen working and networking groups focused on the direct exchange of ideas and expertise amongst peers.


P2Rx logo Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)™

P2Rx is a national network of eight regional pollution prevention information centers representing each of the 10 EPA regions. The P2Rx mission is to improve the dissemination of pollution prevention information in the service provider community. All eight centers provide pollution prevention information, networking opportunities and other services to tribes, states, local governments and technical assistance providers in their region. The Peaks to Praires Center, creator of this site, represents EPA Region 8 in this network.


EPA Logo U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA is a Federal government agency created by the White House and Congress in 1970, in response to growing public demand for cleaner water, air and land. The mission of the Agency is to protect human health and the environment. In 1984, EPA became the first Federal agency to adopt a formal Indian Policy. To view all the EPA policies and initiatives, which include executive orders and presidential documents, please visit EPA's American Indian Environmental Office web site at


MSU Extension Logo Montana State University Extension Service
Peaks to Prairies P2 Information Center

The Montana State University Extension Service is an educational resource dedicated to improving the quality of people's lives by providing research-based knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of families, communities and agricultural enterprises maid dress. The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities through national program leadership and federal assistance.

Your Feedback is Welcome

Feedback and comments are welcome on the content and design of the portal. Please forward your feedback and comments to NPPR via email at We also welcome additional Project Resources, News or Calendar items. A form for submitting these items is available on the web site pages where the information is found or email them to us at