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 accomplishes its mission through several programs. ITEP trains tribal environmental staff in issues ranging from compliance inspections, wastewater management, and water and air quality, to name a few. Educational and internship opportunities for students ranging from elementary school level through college are available, as is direct professional assistance. The TAMS center provides technical assistance and training, and the Resource Center can answer questions and furnish aid in a variety of environmental topics.