The Kickapoo Department of Environmental Programs is responsible for solid waste identification and the remediation of illegal dump sites. To be eligible for federal funding, open dump sites must be listed on the Indian Health Service (IHS) Sanitation Deficiency System (SDS). Most sites are located on tribal trust land or allotted land and have SDS and Facilities Data System number (FDS). Federal dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are limited to complete closures each year. Now, there is restricted funding to tribes. These dump sites are surveyed annually by Kickapoo Department of Environmental Programs staff and IHS representatives, and are coded into the Sanitation Tracking and Reporting System. Open dump sites are not only eyesores, but also pose threats to human health and the environment, particularly with abandoned groundwater wells near ceremonial grounds. Because the dumpsites are listed in the SDS and are located on tribal trust land, these dumps could potentially affect the lives of many tribal members.
Please complete our department request forms to initiate a solid waste survey. Staff members will schedule an appointment with you.
Community clean-ups are schedule in Spring. However, the tribal maintenance department in conjunction with our efforts have been providing roll offs at the secondary complex for those wishing to remove large unwanted items. Please don’t dispose the following items in roll offs: TIRES, BATTERIES, PAINT CYLINDERS, APPLIANCES WITH FREON AND MEDICAL WASTE. We also recycle automobile tires without rims with the State of Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality but they must not be large off-road tires, and equipment tires such as forklift and backhoe tires.
If you are disabled and required special assistance, please contact the Maintenance Department at 405.964.7657 for arrangements.