Environmental Justice in Indian Country Gina Allery, Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

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Environmental Justice in Indian Country
The Department of Justice:
Progress Report, Strategy, and Guidance
Environmental Justice in Indian Country: EJ
Indicators typically used to reflect environmental inequality are
derived largely from Western science and do not coincide with
indigenous measures of health and well-being.
Commons tools used to assess the community, such as census data,
do not accurately capture the community.
Common EJ measures reflecting, for example, distance to
hazardous facilities does not capture the complexity of Native
American connections to landscape.
Typical measures of environmental justice do not fully capture the
many pathways connecting Native Americans to their environment.
Culturally significant plants and animals play an important role in the
health status of tribal groups by not only providing sustenance, but
also a source of spirituality and mental health.