The late Conner Byestewa, Jr. was the Director of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Regulatory Office for the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Mr. Byestewa tirelessly served his Tribe in many capabilities. He was a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Council and served as an advisor to several environmental and agricultural boards and work groups. His commitment was not only at the tribal level, but encompassed work at the state and federal levels.
Mr. Byestewa was an integral member of the Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) for EPA, Region 9. Conner worked on Western Regional Air Partnerships (WRAP), perchlorate and pesticide issues.
The foundation of his work continues today. The Conner Byestewa Jr. Environmental Award is being made in his honor to recognize the efforts of individuals that have made and strengthened tribal self-government and improved human health and environmental conditions with Indian Country in EPA, Region 9.
Deadline for Nominations: August 21, 2020