October 25, 2010 –
MAYETTA: The Prairie Band Potawatomi (PBP) Department of Planning and EPA staff gave representatives from EPA Region 7-Kansas City and the tribes within it a tour of the PBP recycling facilities last Thursday afternoon.
The tour was part of a four-day Regional Tribal Operations Committee Meeting that occurred at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas from October 19 to October 22. On Oct. 21EPA and tribal representatives from the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, Santee Sioux Nation from Niobrara, Nebraska, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, and Ponca Tribe of Nebraska traveled to the PBP reservation to have lunch at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort and to tour the solid-waste recycling and management facilities.
The purpose of the Regional Tribal Operations Committee is to improve communication and build strong partnerships between area tribes and the EPA. For more information about Region 7 EPA go to www.epa.gov/indian/index.htm and for more information about the PBP Department of Planning and EPA click on http://www.pbpindiantribe.com/epa.aspx.
Region 7 EPA staff and tribal representatives stopped for a photograph in front of the recycling baler that is located at the PBPN solid waste facility on 142 road.
Virginia LeClere, PBP Director of Planning and EPA, began the tour inside the main recycling facility.
LeClere showing off the PBPN recycling trailer that is decorated with pictures taken on the reservation.
Craig Wahwahsuck and Kyle Miller who work for the PBPN Department of Planning and EPA were on the tour. They are seen standing in front of the new curbside recycling bins that will soon be distributed to reservation homes as part of a new tribally-operated curbside and disposal program.