- Assists tribes and Indian nations in developing their own pesticide programs;
- Provides Indian Country-focused pesticide education, training, and research;
- Offers a forum for dealing with a broad range of Tribal pesticide-related issues and concerns;
- Facilitates communications between the tribes, Indian Nations, tribal and intertribal organizations, tribal communities, and U.S. EPA Headquarters and other federal and state agencies on pesticides and pesticide-related issues;
- Seeks to ensure that tribes with less experience in the pesticide management area can have relationship with and learn from those tribes who do have more experience, and to develop tribal mentoring or coaching relationships; and
- Works in partnership with U.S. EPA to ensure that the federal law governing pesticides, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), is complied with and enforced in Indian Country in a manner that enhances and does not offend tribes= and Indian nations= sovereignty and treaty rights;
- Helps to ensure that knowledgeable and experienced tribal and Indian nations representatives are aware of and able to participate where their knowledge and expertise are needed in pesticide-related decision-making, initiatives, committees, and meetings that may impact Indian Country; and
- Coordinates and works cooperatively with the Tribal Operations Committee (TOC), Regional Tribal Operating Committees (RTOCs), the National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC), the Intertribal Agricultural Council (IAC), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and any other tribal or Indian Nation organization or intertribal organization that is or may be involved in pesticide issues and concerns.
The TPPC is fully aware that not all tribes or Indian nations have established pesticide monitoring, enforcement, or regulatory programs and that some may not have all the information necessary to determine if their tribe or Indian nation needs to or wants to develop pesticide programs, or if they do, how to do that. The TPPC will assist any tribe or Indian nation in assessing their need for pesticide programs and/or education. It works to strengthen and protect tribal agriculture because tribal agriculture is of importance to the tribe or Indian nation=s economy, and to the ability to feed our people. It also recognizes that some tribes, Indian nations, Indian organizations and/or communities are opposed to pesticide use, and that pesticide use, impacts and regulatory approaches vary considerably from region to region and tribe to tribe or Indian nation to Indian nation.
The TPPC does not serve as the sole or primary mechanism for communications between the tribes and U.S. EPA on pesticide matters. EPA Regional Offices continue to perform the role of primary Agency contacts with the tribes in their Regions and the maintenance and importance of such direct contact is strongly supported by the TPPC and by U.S. EPA Headquarters.