This is a guest blog post by Kristin Mroz, local government coordinator with the Environmental Quality Board which is an official partner of the GreenStep Cities and Tribal Nations program. Kristin’s role supports the needs of local and tribal governments and assists with coordinating efforts by state agencies to support communities in climate and sustainability actions.
In Minnesota, a unique pilot program has developed between tribal nations and the statewide sustainability framework program. The pilot, called Minnesota GreenStep Tribal Nations, is a nation-leading effort that currently includes three tribal nations.
The state of Minnesota is home to 11 Native American Tribal Nations split between the Anishinaabe and Dakota communities. Tribal nations are separate and distinct federally recognized entities and maintain their own sovereign authority. This brings a unique conversation when it comes to achieving state-wide climate and sustainability goals, like Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act goal of an 80 percent reduction of statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.