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Top Official Visits New Mexico Pueblos That Receive Technical Assistance from NNSA
Sep 29, 2009

Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez, and Cochiti Pueblos Receive $800,000 Annually Through NNSA Technical Assistance Program



WASHINGTON, D.C. – A top official with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently visited several New Mexico pueblos that receive technical support and funding from NNSA to maintain their environmental, health and safety programs. Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak, NNSA principal assistant deputy administrator for military application, toured Santa Clara and San Ildefonso in September as part of a visit to NNSA facilities in New Mexico.

"NNSA is proud to facilitate, embrace and promote government-to-government interactions with tribal nations," Gen. Harencak said. "With more than sixty years experience with nuclear and radiological security, NNSA is uniquely suited to support environmental, safety and health programs in the communities that host our facilities.  This program matches our technical expertise with our longstanding commitment to supporting the four NNSA Accord Pueblos."

NNSA provides assistance to Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez, and Cochiti Pueblos, commonly known as the four NNSA Accord Pueblos. NNSA and the Office of Environmental Management (EM) jointly fund the four pueblos at approximately $2 million a year, including $790,000 provided by NNSA. The funding includes the four Accord Pueblos and Santa Fe Indian School.
 
The NNSA pueblo program falls under a DOE order, issued Jan. 16, 2009, titled, "The Department of Energy American Indian Tribal Government Interactions and Policy".

NNSA maintains technical expertise on various issues which support environmental, safety and health programs at the pueblos, to include cultural resource management, sacred Indian land concerns, environmental justice, tribal colleges and universities programs, and historic preservation regulations. NNSA also supports pueblo consultation and decision making.
 
For pictures from Brig. Gen. Harrencak's tour, click here.   

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