VW Settlement

Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement for Indian Tribe Beneficiaries

In 2016 and 2017, through three partial settlements the Environmental Protection Agency resolved a civil enforcement case against a group collectively referred to as “Volkswagen” for allegations that Volkswagen had violated the Clean Air Act. As part of the resolution, the Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement for Indian Tribe Beneficiaries (Indian Tribe Trust) was established to offset excess nitrogen oxides generated on tribal lands. In May of 2021, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation (Nation) was officially recognized as a Beneficiary of the Indian Tribe Trust and entitled to receive funds for eligible mitigation activities.

The Nation’s proposed mitigation activities include replacement of a 2004 Isuzu Tier 2 diesel vehicle used for refuse removal with a 2022 Isuzu Tier 4 vehicle, complete refurbishment of the existing garbage tipper and installation on the new vehicle, and replacement of a 1999 Ford Tier 1 diesel truck with a 2022 Chevrolet Tier 4 vehicle with a dump bed.

Please complete form below to obtain information related to the use of Indian Tribe Trust funds by the Nation. Be informed that the Nation will endeavor to respond to requests within ten (10) business days and, when documents are requested, will advise the individual within that timeframe of the procedure for reviewing such documents.

Additional information regarding the Indian Tribe Trust can be accessed at vwenvironmentalmitigationtrust.com/tribe-trust. The Nation’s documents can be obtained from this webpage by entering Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation where it states “Enter Tribe Name” and clicking on “Go”.

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