Sovereignty and Austerity: The Evolution of Reservation Water Quality Control in the Reagan Area

This thesis explores the origins of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1984 Indian Policy statement, and the subsequent effects of the “treatment as states” (TAS) designation of Indian tribes under the Clean Water Act. By way of a “reflective policy” model, careful attention is given to the Reagan administration’s shaping of both American Indian and environmental affairs, noting that the EPA policy statement was largely a result of issues extraneous to reservations. Further analysis reveals that tribal efforts to control water quality may have ultimately differed from what the Reagan administration envisioned, but nevertheless remain a cogent tool for promoting cultural relevancy and asserting Indian sovereignty and self-determination in the face of state jurisdictional encroachment.


John Barrett


Rob Williams





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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences