Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact  Sheet

 Lower Brule Sioux Tribe,

     Lower Brule Indian

       Reservation,  SD

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 Lower Brule Sioux Tribe was selected to receive
an assessment grant. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is a
federally recognized tribe. The unemployment rate
among the 1,503 residents of the Lower Brule Reser-
vation is 39 percent. Nearly 64 percent of the popula-
tion have annual incomes under $25,000, and more than
32 percent earn less than $10,000 annually. The three
former dump sites targeted for assessment are within
one-half mile of the Missouri River, which is a major
source of drinking water and fish for residents of the
Reservation. The tribe is concerned about the potential
threat that contamination at these sites could pose to
the health and well-being of Reservation residents.
Assessment Grant
$100,000 for hazardous substances
EPA has selected the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
for a brownfields assessment grant. The tribe has
identified three former dump sites on the Lower
Brule Reservation that will be 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

Grant Recipient: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, SD
605-473-8000, x48091

Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the Lower
Brule Sioux 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.
                                                Solid Waste and
                                                Emergency Response
                     June 2003