ODEQ honors Wyandotte Nation with Clean Community recognition

From left, ODEQ Environmental Programs Manager Fenton Rood, ODEQ Program Specialist Ferrella March, Wyandotte Nation Environmental Director Christen Lee, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr., and Wyandotte Nation Environmental Program Assistant Kathy Welch. (William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

From left, ODEQ Environmental Programs Manager Fenton Rood, ODEQ Program Specialist Ferrella March, Wyandotte Nation Environmental Director Christen Lee, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr., and Wyandotte Nation Environmental Program Assistant Kathy Welch. (William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality honored the Wyandotte Nation as a Clean Community for the Tribe’s environmental efforts during a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Bearskin Healthcare & Wellness Center in Wyandotte, Okla.

“If we look at the kinds of environmental challenges that we face today, they are challenges that we aren’t going to solve through our regulatory system, we are going to solve them by working together,” said Fenton Rood, ODEQ’s Environmental Programs Manager.

“The environmental programs of the Wyandotte Nation are so sufficiently successful that your reputation speaks for itself among other environmental professionals.”

The ODEQ presented a certificate to Wyandotte Nation Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr. for the Tribe’s recycling effort, including tire recycling. The Wyandotte Nation recently opened the Lost Creek Recycling Center and held its first tire recycling event during the Environmental Festival in early May.

Ferrella March, a program specialist with ODEQ, said the Clean Community Program is all about prevention and recognizing communities, organizations and tribes, such as the Wyandotte Nation, for its leadership and environmental stewardship.

“It is also all about collaboration. We believe that by working together and sharing resources, we can accomplish great things,” March said. “That is why we are here today to recognize you as great leaders in environmental stewardship.”

Hildebrand said the Wyandotte Nation was honored to receive the recognition.

“Christen Lee, our Environmental Director, has a great staff in Kathy Welch, Janice Wilson and Jon Quick. They are very passionate and dedicated in what they do,” the second chief said. “Because of that passion and dedication, they are really making strides in trying to clean up the quality of the environment here in the Wyandotte area.”

To see video from the ceremony, click on the photo above or the following link: https://vimeo.com/69182823

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