EGLE recognizes and supports the unique status of tribes in Michigan as sovereign governments with an inherent right to self-governance and self-determination and commits to meaningful communication and coordination on actions and decisions that affect their land, air, and water.
On October 28, 2002, the State of Michigan entered into a Government-to-Government Accord with the twelve federally-recognized Indian tribes located in Michigan. The Accord served as an acknowledgement by the State of each tribes’ sovereignty and right to self-governance and self-determination, and as a commitment by the State to use a process of consultation with the tribes to minimize and avoid disputes.
On October 31, 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Directive 2019-17 to reaffirm, implement, formalize, and extend the commitments made by the state of Michigan in the Accord.
EGLE’s Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments implements both the Accord and the Executive Directive with the ultimate goal of strengthening the consultation, communication, coordination, and collaboration between tribal governments and EGLE.
Environmental Justice and Tribal Liaison Katie Kruse completed her M.S. in Environmental Policy with a focus on environmental justice from Michigan Technological University in 2005. Soon after graduation she began working for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) where she worked for 11 years as an Environmental Specialist. Her work with KBIC, a tribal government, focused on environmental policy and program development including various environmental disciplines such as water quality, air quality, waste management, brownfields, and human and environmental health. Katie was hired in January 2018 for her current position with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
Contact Katie at 517-249-0906 or KruseK2@Michigan.gov.