NCAI is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help disseminate information to tribes about participation in the Environmental Information Exchange Network (Exchange Network). The Exchange Network is a program that aims to share environmental, health, geographic, and other types of data between tribes, states, and territories through the Internet using common data standards. The overarching goal of the Exchange Network is to improve decision making by giving Network partners access to consistent, accurate environmental data. The Exchange Network is jointly governed by representatives from EPA, States, and Tribes.
NCAI has a cooperative assistance agreement with the EPA Exchange Network. The purpose of the assistance agreement is to increase awareness throughout Indian Country about the Network that would lead to increased tribal capacity for environmental data monitoring and sharing while educating and informing EPA staff and Exchange Network partners about tribal considerations and needs for Exchange Network participation.
NCAI and the Tribal Governance Group
NCAI coordinates the Tribal Exchange Network Governance Group (TGG), which is comprised of tribal program and policy officials who are members of the EPA Exchange Network governance boards along with state and federal representatives. TGG’s purpose is to assess Exchange Network policy and program developments and initiatives and share its views and recommendations regarding tribal impacts.
A number of tribes are tribes are currently operating, developing, or planning to implement Exchange Network Nodes or Node Clients.
9th Annual Environmental Informaiton Exchange Network Tribal Conference
The Tribal Exchange Network is hosting an exciting meeting on March 27-28, 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, OK.
Tribal Exchange Network Meeting Highlights:
- Networking opportunities
- Updates on exchange network data flow
- Tools for your tribes use
- Data management best practices
- Tips for writing an exchange network grant application
If you are planning on attending the event click here to register for the event!