Protecting the Reservation Environment Under the Coastal Zone Management Act

by Richard A. Du Bey, Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA,
Grant D. Parker, Univ of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: Current federal law and practice does not provide direction for the development of Indian tribal coastal zone management programs. The relationship between state, federal and tribal governments is unclear. Federal Indian policy acknowledges the governmental authority of Indian tribes and supports tribal regulation of the reservation environment. This intent, coupled with existing federal law, provides sufficient grounds for NOAA to assist tribal governments in the development of reservation coastal management programs. In any case, Congress should amend the Coastal Zone Management Act to provide NOAA with authority to fund and approve tribal coastal zone management programs.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Coastal management | Laws | Public policy | Ocean currents | Coupling | Legislation

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