The Community Outreach Core is an environmental justice project involving the communication and sharing of SBRP-generated knowledge and tools with Tribal communities affected by hazardous waste sites and toxicants. The applicants will use a Tribal Regional Workbench approach to enabling equitable environmental stewardship of Indian Reservations. The broad objective is to shift the emphasis from risk assessment as a disease paradigm to risk assessment as a wellness paradigm that embraces Tribal Traditional Lifeways. This new approach is identified as a high priority by the U.S. EPA's National Tribal Science Council, the National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC), and Tribal environmental protection agencies. They will directly collaborate with Tribal communities both locally, 1) the Campo Indian Reservation, part of the Kumeyaay Nation; 2) the Tribal environmental lab located at the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, and nationally: 3) the Superfund Project Group of NTEC. These communities include prominent Tribal scientists who will help us create a unique Tribal information system that will be called the Tribal Regional Workbench (modeled after the UCSD SBRP Regional Workbench). The Tribal-RWB will be developed as a forum and an ensemble of datasets and information and knowledge integration tools to support online analysis, visualization and communication of environmental justice and quality of life issues explored within the Core's collaborative projects. The Community Outreach Core has five aims, grouped into two broad categories: Communication and Environmental Justice, and Knowledge Systems Integration.
Specific Aims i nclude 1a) to build a Tribal Regional Workbench Web site; 1b) to share SBRP-generated knowledge and tools; 2a) to host a regional gathering of tribal leaders and scientists; 2b) to facilitate training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students; and 3c) to co-investigator a series of papers, articles, and other publications with Tribal partners.
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