Tribal-Focused Environmental Risk and Sustainability Tool (Tribal-FERST)

Tribal-FERST provides resources to help Tribal communities learn more about their environmental issues and risks. Users can use the options below to view a Tribal community’s environment; compare environmental conditions; collect information; explore solutions; and, access Tribal community assessment roadmaps.

Tribal-FERST Resources

Tribal-FERST provides access to resources that can help Tribal Nations learn more about their environment, exposures, and demographic characteristics; while comparing conditions in their community with their county and state averages.

Roadmaps for Tribal Community Environmental Assessments

For each step in the USET Tribal-FERST Roadmap there are applicable resources and tools in Tribal-FERST which can help you navigate through the Tribal assessment process.

Follow the Tribal-FERST Roadmap 

Tools to Analyze Issues

Enviro Atlas Maps

Web Based GIS Tools

Developed Exposure Models

Measurement Methods

Issue Profiles

Databases for Environmental Information

Guidance Documents

Login Access for Tribal Citizens


A close-up shot of Native American turquoise rings on a man’s hand.

Where to Start?


The two Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Citizen elders pictured left, Juanita (Bradley) Wolfe and Dr. Jeremiah (Jerry) Wolfe were married for 52 years.  They were instrumental in working with the EPA providing initial data for the development of T-FERST’s historical information on environmental issues.

USET Environmental Programs

USET focuses on assisting member Tribal Nations with a wide range of environmental concerns, such as supporting protection of human health and ecosystems, risk assessments, climate change adaptation and mitigation, providing clean and safe drinking water, cultural resource protection, traditional and conventional agriculture, and sustainable development. Users may follow the links below to find out more about these programs, request assistance, and access tools needed to address the environmental concerns head on. Click on the links below to find information on the programs USET offers.

Case Studies

Examples of case studies from Federally recognized Tribal Nations dealing with environmental issues on Tribal Lands.

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Radon Outreach in Indian Country
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Rock Church Uranium Mine – Navajo Nation
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EPA’s National Priorities: Life Cycle Costs of Water Infrastructure Alternatives (2015)
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