The mission of the Environmental Protection Department is to protect human health and the environment and conserve our natural resources.
Our vision: A clean and protected environment supporting a sustainable healthy quality of life.
The Environmental Protection Department develops and implements its environmental protection programs through environmental assessments, research, sampling and analysis, non-point source pollution prevention, emergency preparedness & response and community outreach education.
Services include environmental investigations, mosquito & weed abatement, water quality monitoring, recycling, emergency response and recycling.
Emergency preparedness is essential. Click here to find out more on how you can keep your family safe.
Richard Black, Environmental Manager
Richard Black has worked for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe for approximately sixteen years and have been the Environmental Manager for fourteen. He presently oversees the implementation of six environmental protection programs for the benefit of the Tribe. He is the chairman of the Tribal Emergency Response Commission and the tribal representative to the Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission. Prior to this position, he was an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Tribe’s Pesticides Program, Environmental Justice Program for Water Quality and Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Program and HIP Coordinator.
Richard previously worked for the Walker River Paiute Tribe as a Flood Coordinator, and as a Planner in Land Use, Minerals, Wetlands and Housing Development for approximately nineteen years. A former Tribal Police Officer, hazardous materials technician and volunteer Fire Chief.
Richard is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, an Army Vietnam Veteran and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6825 in Schurz. He attended the Western Nevada College and the Native American Energy and Minerals Institute at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
Sonia Corleto, Environmental Specialist
Ileana Henry, Environmental Specialist
Uh haganee! I have lived here on the Stillwater Reservation for the most part of my life but have lived in other parts of Northern Nevada as well as Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have two daughters, Nateya 10, who lives in Wisconsin and Daziyemba 1, who love to be outdoors and are learning about their Newe culture as much as they can.
I have attained my bachelors of science degree from Northland College located in Wisconsin. I studied Geoscience with a water emphasis. I chose this field of study because water is sacred and is essential for all life on Earth. I feel it is important for all our Native children to strive for a higher education and experience positive change in their lives.
I enjoy my position because I feel that I am an environmentalist at heart. I like taking care of my community and teaching people how to be Earth conscious and living sustainably. I appreciate learning new skills like eradicating noxious weeds and fogging insecticide on our vast mosquitoes. I’ve been at this position since March 2016 and have already attained about four certifications through trainings.