About the TPPC
The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) is a tribal technical resource and program and policy development dialogue group, focused on pesticides issues and concerns. The TPPC assists tribes in building tribal pesticide programs, providing pesticide education and training, and researching, developing and presenting a broad range of tribal pesticide-related issues and concerns. It is the intent of the TPPC to focus on pesticides and be as inclusive as possible for all tribes and tribal organizations that have pesticide issues and concerns. The TPPC facilitates communications between tribes, tribal and intertribal organizations, tribal communities, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as other federal and state agencies on pesticides and pesticide-related issues. The TPPC is fully aware that not all tribes have established pesticide monitoring, enforcement or regulatory programs, and that some may not have the information or capacity necessary to determine if their tribes should develop pesticide programs, or if they should, how to do that. The TPPC also recognizes that pesticide use and impacts vary considerably from region to region and tribe to tribe, and that some tribes may not have the capacity to develop a pesticide program but may need only a pesticide education program or be part of a circuit rider program. The structure of the TPPC seeks to ensure that tribes with less experience can have relationships with and benefit from those with more experience, and to develop mentoring or coaching relationships.
The TPPC does not substitute for government-to-government consultation. The TPPC will not serve as the sole or primary mechanism for communications between tribes and the EPA on pesticide matters. EPA Regional Offices perform the role of primary Agency contacts with the tribes in their areas, and the maintenance of such direct contact is strongly supported by the TPPC and EPA Headquarters. EPA Regional contacts are welcome and encouraged to participate in TPPC meetings when possible. The TPPC also provides an opportunity for tribes to speak directly with EPA Headquarters staff.