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Site Programs & Cooperative Agreements: Hanford


The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), Nez Perce Tribe, and Yakama Nation are important stakeholders with Treaty rights and interests at the Hanford Site. DOE environmental cleanup activities have the potential to impact natural and cultural resources and to interfere with American Indian religious practices. Through cooperative agreements, tribal staff and consultants of the Yakama, Nez Perce, and CTUIR are engaged on a daily basis with DOE and its contractors. The principle activities by tribes include reviewing and commenting on plans and documents, participating in meetings at the request of DOE, monitoring cultural resource sites, participating in site surveys, and identifying issues that will require additional consultation with elected officials on a government-to-government level.

In addition to its primary cooperative agreement related to involvement at Hanford, the CTUIR also receive additional financial support in regards to the Tribal Fire Department. The CTUIR have first responder capability and responsibility for transportation accidents on their reservation. This transportation and emergency response grant provides supplemental funding to support training, equipment and some personnel costs in recognition of the shipments of hazardous materials routed directly through the CTUIR reservation to and from Hanford.

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