Contact Information

EPA Director

Lillie Williamson
lwilliamson @jenachoctaw.org

Protecting Our Heritage

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians Environmental Department: Protecting Our Heritage

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians deeply values the land, air, and water that have sustained our people for generations. Our commitment to environmental stewardship led to the creation of the Environmental Department in November 2000. With support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's General Assistance Program (GAP), we work tirelessly to protect our Tribal lands and precious natural resources.

Our mission extends far beyond simply protecting; we also focus on education. We strive to instill an appreciation for the environment within our community and future generations. We act as a vital link between our Tribe and local, state, and federal environmental agencies, ensuring our voices are heard.

Safeguarding Our Community: Sanitation & Emergency Response

The health and well-being of our people are paramount. In 1999, the Indian Health Services (IHS) Sanitation Facilities Construction Program began providing essential sanitation services, including safe drinking water and proper sewage systems, to our Tribal service area. Thanks to their ongoing generous support and shared funding across Louisiana's Tribes, we continue to expand and improve these crucial services.

While we aim to prevent disasters, we understand the importance of preparation. Our Emergency Response Department was established in 2002. Though this department does not receive dedicated grant funding, we are incredibly grateful for essential support from the Tribe, BIA/IHS Emergency Services, USET Emergency Services, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, FEMA Region 6, and other neighboring tribes. Together, we ensure our community is protected before, during, and after a disaster, safeguarding lives and property.

We invite you to learn more about our initiatives and how you can support our efforts to preserve our environment and ensure the well-being of our people for years to come.