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ON Department of Natural Resources accepting comments for Environmental Regulatory Enhancement project

The Osage Nation Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments as it applies for a federal grant aimed at protecting its natural environments.

In a news release, the DNR said it will be applying for a Native American Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ANA ERE) project with an application deadline on June 25. The project will be three years long with a grant funding ceiling of $300,000 per year.

According to the federal Administration for Native Americans website: "Growing awareness of environmental issues on Indian lands has resulted in increased funding to address these issues. ANA’s Environmental Regulatory Enhancement grants provide tribes with resources to develop legal, technical and organizational capacities for protecting their natural environments. Environmental Regulatory Enhancement projects focus on environmental programs in a manner consistent with tribal culture for Native American communities. They build tribal capacity, allowing involvement in all aspects of each project, including: Environmental issue identification, Planning, Development and Implementation.”

The Osage Nation is required to meet citizen participation requirements by publishing or posting information on how to use the ANA ERE to benefit constituents. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DNR is not hosting public meetings, but is seeking public comments and feedback online.

“Please consider how to develop capacity for protecting the Osage Nation’s natural resources, develop and implement environmental regulatory capacity, or any other natural resource enhancement option that you would like to see,” the DNR stated.

The DNR is accepting comments via email until May 21. Please send to jannhayman@osagenation-nsn.gov or cmwalker@osagenation-nsn.gov