University of Montana Environmental Studies associate professor Rosalyn LaPier received a national service award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “commemorating six years of dedicated service to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.”
The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) is a federal advisory committee to the EPA that provides advice and recommendations related to environmental justice. The Council’s efforts include the evaluation of a broad range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, community engagement, tribal and Indigenous affairs and economic issues related to environmental justice.
Rosalyn LaPier worked on various working groups and reports during her six years of service, including the “Policy on Environmental Justice for Working with Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples,” which addresses how the EPA works with tribes and other indigenous groups and peoples to protect the environment and public health in Indian country; and the “Youth Perspectives on Climate Change Report,” which provided recommendations to the EPA in developing best practices for addressing climate change concerns, from a youth perspective.
Dr. LaPier served with the EPA from September 2013, to August 2019. She represented the Indigenous organization Saokio Heritage and shared her expertise on Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge, Native American languages and environ-mental justice advocacy with the Council.
NEJAC Board Chairman Richard Moore, Los Jardines Institute, and Matthew Tejada, Office of Environmental Justice, EPA, presented the award at the national NEJAC gathering in Bethesda, Md., on May 2. Dr. LaPier is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe and Métis.