“We extend our full support for the EPA’s climate pollution reduction proposal and emphasize the importance of strong community engagement in the implementation process, especially with Indigenous peoples. We also stress the importance of safeguarding Indigenous rights to clean and sustainable environments and the obligation of the state to consult with tribal nations in policy decisions affecting their lands and resources. As stewards of the environment, Indigenous communities offer valuable traditional ecological knowledge and are critical allies in addressing climate change. We encourage the EPA to adopt these comprehensive standards and to engage meaningfully with Indigenous communities who offer valuable perspectives and lived experiences in these crucial conversations about our collective future.”

Taylor Patterson, Executive Director, Native Voters Alliance Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada