Brownfields 2003 Assessment Grant Fact  Sheet
              Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Rolette County, ND
EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states.
communities, and other stakeholders 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. Additionally, funding
support is provided to state and tribal response
programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians was
selected to receive an assessment grant. The Turtle
Mountain Reservation is located in Rolette County in
northern, rural North Dakota.  Eighty-nine percent of the
population of Rolette County is Native American. The
county is also designated a USDA Champion
Community, a federal Underutilized Business Zone,
and a federal Renewal Community. The Turtle
Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, a federally
recognized tribe, has a population of 27,000, over half
of whom live on or adjacent to the reservation. The tribe
is working to redevelop a 600-acre area that was the site
of a former state mental hospital. This redevelopment
project will create jobs for the community as well as
remove health and environmental hazards posed by the
                  Assessment Grant

                  $350,000 for hazardous substances

                  EPA has selected the Turtle Mountain Band of
                  Chippewa Indians for a brownfields assessment
                  grant. Grant funds will be used to conduct
                  assessment activities at the 600-acre site of a former
                  state mental hospital. Continued vandalizing and
                  trespassing as well as the use of access roads by
                  residents that pass through the area present ongoing
                  health and safety threats.


                  For further information, including specific grant
                  contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
                  news and events, and publications and links, visit
                  the EPA Brownfields Web site

                  EPA Region 8 Brownfields Team
                  EPA Region 8 Brownfields Web site

                  Grant Recipient: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
                  (701) 477-0470

                  The information presented in this fact sheet comes
                  from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the
                  accuracy of this information.  The cooperative
                  agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated.
                  Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are
                  subject to change.
  United States
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
EPA 500-F-03-203
        Jun 03