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  1. WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS STEVE CRAWFORD MS Psychology, MS zoology ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTOR PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE

  2. PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE

  3. Maine Windpower site

  4. TRIBES ARE DIFFERENT…………. HISTORY GOVERNANCE CULTURE

  5. AWARENESS OF THESE DIFFERENCES IS ESSENTIAL IN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION. IGNORANCE HAS CONSEQUENCES

  6. CONSEQUENCES: • MISCOMMUNICATION • MISUNDERSTANDING • FRUSTRATION • FAILURE

  7. SOME COMMONALITIES • EVERY TRIBE IS: • UNIQUE • OPERATES ON TRIBAL TIME • SENSE OF PAST, PRESENT , FUTURE DIFFERENT THAN WESTERN PERCEPTION

  8. COMMONALITIES (2) • EXTRAORDINARY SENSE OF COMMUNITY, AND PLACE • EXPERIENCES RACISM • BRAIN DRAIN • SKEPTICISM OF FED AND STATE GOVERNMENTS

  9. EXAMPLES: • WHAT DIDN’T WORK • WIND FARM

  10. WIND QUALITY • CLASS 3 – 14.7 MPH • 23 % CAPACITY AT 100 METERS • VIABLE WITH GE 1.5 MW • TURBINE • TRANSMISSION • RESTRICTED TO 55 MW, BY • LOCAL 115 KV LINE

  11. TWO TRIBES • JTC • POLITICS

  12. MULTI-MEDIA GRANT • GOALS: • Identify potential air toxins to community from plume studies. • Sample sustenance foods for pollutants. • Determine risk level to Tribe

  13. 1.EPA KNOWS WHAT’S WRONG 2. EPA WILL TELL TRIBE HOW TO FIX IT. 3. TRIBE WILL BE OVERJOYED

  14. EXAMPLES: • WHAT WORKS: • RESPECT • EARLY, FREQUENT CONSULTATION • PATIENCE

  15. RESPECT: • TRIBES WERE HERE FIRST • MANY (MOST?) ON ANCESTRAL LANDS, INTIMATE ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDGE • NEVER FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THIS!!!

  16. CONSULTATION • COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES: • WHO? • GOVERNOR, DIRECTOR, ADM.SECRETARY • HOW? • EMAIL, SLOW MAIL • WHEN? • EARLY AND OFTEN!!

  17. P A T I E N C E