The nonprofit NCAI was founded in 1944. It is the largest and most representative organization of American Indians and Alaska Natives. NCAI caters to the wide affairs of Native American Indian governments and communities. One of the organization’s initiatives is its partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to inform tribes about participating in the Environmental Information Exchange Network (EIEN) program.
EIEN is mutually presided by representatives from states, tribes, and the EPA. With the use of common data standards, the program’s objective is the sharing between territories, tribes, and states of data on health, geography, and the environment. The program aims to improve decision making by providing EIEN partners with environmental data that is accurate and reliable.
NCAI has a cooperative assistance agreement with EIEN that is intended to increase tribal environmental data monitoring awareness, capability, and sharing. The agreement will also enable NCAI to apprise EPA personnel and EIEN partners about tribal requirements and concerns in its EIEN involvement.