- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

PLUMMER, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted $165,000 to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to pay for recycling, environmental and energy efficiency programs.

The Coeur d’Alene Press (https://bit.ly/1HwsneW) reports that the tribe has been receiving the federal grant program since 1997.

Nationwide, EPA has awarded $31.8 million to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program this year.

Tribe spokeswoman Heather Keen says the funds have been used in the past to write grants for projects for wetlands planning and safely removing household hazardous waste.

An EPA official says the grant program is critical for tribes to protect public health and the environment on their lands.

More than 200 tribes received the federal grant dollars in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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