Brownfields  2003

 Grant Fact  Sheet

Blackfeet Tribe,  Blackfeet

  Indian Reservation,  MT

 EPA Brownfields Program

 EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, commu-
 nities, and other stakeholders in economic development
 to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up,
 and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is
 real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse
 of which may be complicated by the presence or
 potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant,
 or contaminant. On January 11, 2002, President George
 W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability
 Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the
 Brownfields Law, EPA provides financial assistance to
 eligible applicants through four competitive grant
 programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund
 grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. Addi-
 tionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal
 response programs through a separate mechanism.

 Community Description

 The Blackfeet Tribe was selected to receive an
 assessment grant. The tribe has identified more than
 ten brownfield sites on this rural reservation and will
 assess six of them through this grant. This tribe of
 10,100 people is highly dependent on natural resources.
 Unemployment ranges from 50 to 80 percent. The
 tribe's goals are to preserve its native natural resources
 and develop a sustainable brownfields program to
 assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites on the
 reservation. The potential for economic reuse of these
 sites also exists by developing buffalo rangeland, a
 refuge and parks for tourists, and possibly a commer-
  Assessment Grant
   $200,000 for hazardous substances
  EPA has selected the Blackfeet Tribe for a
  brownfields assessment grant. The tribe has
  identified several high-priority sites on the
  Blackfeet Indian Reservation for hazardous
  substance assessment through this grant. Grant
  funds also will be used to prepare an inventory of
  brownfield sites on the 1.5 million-acre reserva-
  tion, involve the community in project planning,
  and conduct cleanup planning for sites assessed
  through this grant.
  For further information, including specific grant
  contacts, additional grant information,
  brownfields news and events, and publications
  and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

  EPA Region 8 Brownfields Team
  bfhome/bfhome .html

  Grant Recipient: Blackfeet Tribe, MT

  Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the
  Blackfeet Tribe has not received brownfields grant funding.

  The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
  negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
  are subject to change.
cial business on the site of a former factory. The tribe
will communicate with the reservation community
through the local cable network and newspaper and
will create an open forum for tribal participation and
education on the brownfields program.
                                                  Solid Waste and
                                                  Emergency Response
                        EPA 500-F-03-057
                        June 2003