Environmental Program

Peoria Tribe Environmental Department

Mission Statement

The Peoria Environmental Department, representing the Peoria Tribal Trusteeship of natural and cultural resources both inside and outside the traditional Peoria Reservation boundaries is committed to the protection and restoration of those natural and cultural resources, be the injured or lost through improper use or outside influences. Specifically, all-natural resources including air, surface and ground waters, soils, and biota, including vegetation, avian, aquatic, mammalian, reptilian species, etc., have been and continue to be Trust Resources for the welfare and benefit of the Peoria Tribe and Tribal members. In pursuit of environmental protection and restoration the Peoria Environmental Department will assess natural resource damages; pursue compensation for those damages from responsible parties;  develop and implement programs to compensate, restore or replace those injured or lost natural and cultural resources. The Peoria Tribal Environmental Department is resolved to continue participation in these endeavors to protect Tribal Trust Resources, Tribal members, and Tribal Sovereignty.


EPA Indian General Assistance Program (GAP)

Assistance is provided under this program only for activities which the agency determines are appropriate to carry out the purposes of the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act. The annual Indian General Assistance Program (GAP), funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, awarded the Peoria Tribe for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year.  The primary purpose of these assistance agreements is to support the developmental elements of a core environmental program.

Environmental Departments:

  • Oklahoma EPSCoR Grant
  • EPA Clean Water Act Section 106 Water Monitoring Program
  • EPA Clean Water Act 319 Base Program
  • Invasive Species Report
  • Fish Hatchery Maintenance
  • Endangered Species
  • BIA Tribal Youth Grant

Air Quality Department

Air Quality Specialist, La Shell Thomas


The Air Quality Blog serves as a way to educate and inform the community and tribal members on issues relating to indoor and outdoor air pollution, major and minor pollution sources, health information, headline news regarding air quality issues and tips for home health.

Peoria Aquatic Facility

The Peoria Aquatic Facility under the direction of the Peoria Environmental Department, was founded on a two-fold premise: (1)  of producing endangered, injured, or lost fish and/or mussel species from the Tri-State Mining District / Tar Creek Superfund Site contamination, in harmony with Federal CERCLA regulations, or providing the replacement equivalency of – -, and; (2) of producing a marketable sports species of fish (Smallmouth Bass) for sale and stocking in habitable area waterbodies for subsistence and recreational purposes.

The Peoria Aquatic Facility and staff is committed to the task of producing and providing those fish and mussel species in quantities and quality for potential Superfund Site Reintroduction purposes, for Tribal cultural benefits, for the potential market demand from other tribes and entities for their environmental restoration needs.