Direct Services & Program Offerings
Jijak Youth Camp
Jijak Youth Camp brings together tribal youth ages 5-17 to share hands-on life experiences that combine cultural and environmental and leadership skills. Jijak Youth Camp serves our Tribal community by strengthening our young people's bond to cultural traditions, engaging youth in nature and forging lifelong friendships based on the rich history and living traditions of the Gun Lake Tribe. Jijak Youth Camp is organized by Shawn McKenney and Nikki Yargeau. Read More...
Conservation Incentive Program
The Conservation Incentive Program (CIP) aims to reduce the environmental footprint of the Tribal community through reductions in energy use and improvement of water conservation and air quality. Through this program, the Environmental Department offers incentives, mostly in the form of rebates, for investing in energy-saving and water-saving appliances, vehicles and home energy efficiency and indoor air quality meansures. This program is open to all enrolled Gun Lake Tribal Citizens and primary parents of Tribal Citizens.
Residential Appliance Rebates
- Energy Star clothing dryer: 50% of the pre-tax purchase price
- Energy Star clothing washer: 75% of the pre-tax purchase price
- Energy Star water heater: 50% of the pre-tax purchase price
- Energy Star tankless water heater: 75% of the pre-tax purchase price
- Energy Star dehumidifier: 50% of the pre-tax purchase price
Incentive based on percent better than federal minimum for energy use and pre-tax purchase price
- Energy Star freezers – chest, upright
- Energy Star dishwashers
- Energy Star refrigerators
- Purchased vehicle with a fuel economy of 40 MPG highway or higher: $2,000
- Purchased vehicle with a fuel economy of 45 MPG highway or higher: $2,500
- Purchased full electric vehicle: $3,000
- Leased vehicle with a fuel economy of 40 MPG highway or higher: $1,000
- Leased vehicle with a fuel economy of 45 MPG highway or higher: $1,250
- Leased full electric vehicle: $1,500
Residential Renewable Energy Incentives
- Solar energy: 30% of total cost up to $2,500
- Geothermal energy: 30% of total cost up to $2,500
- Wind energy: 30% of total cost up to $2,500
Indoor Air Quality Incentives
- Carbon monoxide detectors: 1 per 1,000 square feed of home
- Energy Star qualified bathroom exhaust: $400 per bathroom per qualifying residence per 5 years
- Air quality home audit: limited to the GLT service area, must be performed by GLT staff
- HEPA and MERV 10+ rated furnace filters: 100% of cost for up to 3 filters per year, not to exceed $100
- Mold testing: 100% of cost, not to exceed $200; must be completed by GLT staff within the GLT service area
- Radon mitigation for homes with measured 4 pCi/L radon gas: 50% of cost not to exceed $1,000
- Radon detector: 100% of the cost, not to exceed $200
Energy Audits and Retrofits*
*Recent energy audit report must recommend energy retrofit for that retrofit to be eligible for a CIP incentive with the exception of LED lights, programmable thermostat, ceiling fan and room air conditioner.
- Walk through energy audit: $50
- Full diagnostic energy audit (blower door test and thermal scan): $450
- Post retrofit energy audit (blower door test and thermal scan): $250
- Attic or wall insulation: $2.00 per square foot
- Crawl space/basement foam insulation: $2.00 per square foot
- Crawl space/basement vapor barrier: $1.40 per square foot, not to exceed $1,500
- Windows: $100 per Energy Star window
- Window sealing: $20.00 per window
- Furnace/air conditioning: $1,000.00 furnace, $250.00 central air conditioning
- Furnace AFUE Ratings must be 96% or higher
- HVAC tape sealing: up to $200
- Water pipe and water heater insulation: up to $200
- Exterior door replacement: $100 per Energy Star qualified door
- Exterior door sealing: $20.00 per door
- LED lights: Up to $500.00 per household. Based on pre-taxed purchase of lights on receipt.
- Energy Star ceiling fan: $25
- Energy Star room air conditioner: 10% of pre-tax purchase price
- Programmable thermostat: $250 per unit including installation
- Up to 3 water sense showerheads per qualifying residence: $30 per unit
- Up to 3 water sense toilets per qualifying residence: $300 per toilet
- Up to 2 rain barrels per qualifying residence
- Septic inspection and pumping: $350 once every 3 years
- Drinking water testing for bacteria, nitrates, nitrites, dissolved solids, pH, lead, copper, sulfates, hardness, arsenic, fluoride, iron, manganese, sodium and zinc
- Water purification systems: 50% of total cost not to exceed $1,000 for residences that have completed and reviewed drinking water testing
In no instance will a CIP incentive total more than 100% of the purchase price or cost of an item or service.
All incentives are subject to all conditions detailed in the CIP policies.
Click here to download CIP Summary flyer.
The Environmental Department issues Tribal Hunting Permits to Gun Lake Tribal Citizens and their spouses to hunt on Tribal lands. Permits are valid April 1 through March 31 of the following year. Hunting and Trapping is regulated through the Wildlife Conservation Ordinance, enacted by Tribal Council Resolution 17-1030 (September 7, 2017) and amended by Tribal Council Resolution 18-1100 (September 27, 2018. The full ordinance can be found on the Member’s Portal along with the current Tribal Land Hunting Maps.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling is open to the Tribal community Monday through Friday by appointment only. Accepted items include:
- Old/expired household cleaning products
- Used oil
- Oil-based paint
- Flammable liquids
- And more
Electronic Waste Recycling is open to the Tribal community Monday through Friday by appointment only. A public collection is offered twice per year. The Tribe covers all applicable recycling fees in part through the EPA Performance Partnership Grant. Accepted items include:
- Office and household electronics
- Cell phones
- Computer keyboards/mice
- Power cords
All computer hard drives are erased or destroyed.
A tire recycling event is offered once per year and is open to the public. A maximum of ten tires per household is allowed for drop off (no tractor tires).
Prescription Drug Recycling
If you are interested in Prescription Drug Recycling, the Public Safety Department and Health & Human Services Department each have drop off boxes for prescription medications. These are open to the Tribal community Monday - Friday in their respective buildings.
The Environmental Department collects food waste, paper towels and toilet paper rolls from the Government Campus and events to make vermi-compost tea. Vermi-compost tea is an organic tea derived from finished compost and worm castings (worm feces). It is utilized as an organic liquid fertilizer to water plants, add nutrients to your garden soil or your lawn! By diverting this waste away from landfills, we can reduce our carbon footprint, capture renewable energy and restore the essential nutrients back to our soil. Tribal Citizens can pick up a gallon of vermi-compost tea by appointment as it is available.
Recreational Opportunities on Tribal Properties
Get outside and explore! The Environmental Department created and now maintains a trail surrounding the Luella Collins Community Center property, including a viewing platform in the middle of the restored prairie. The Jijak Camp property has a trail system as well.
The Environmental Department also installed a boat launch and dock at Boot Lake, a pavilion, a fishing pier and grill at Allie's Landing for Tribal Citizen use.
Please note: Gas motors are prohibited from use on Tribal lakes.
Vegetation and Invasive Species Management
The Environmental Department oversees the planting of any terrestrial plant species on Tribal land. If you are planning to plant anything on Tribal land, please complete a Vegetation Plan and send to VISO@glt-nsn.gov to be reviewed at least 30 business days prior to plating. Please refer to the current prohibited list of species when planning any planting. Both the Vegetation Plan and Prohibited Species List can be found by clicking the links below.
The Environmental Department is available to help you with any planting questions at VISO@glt-nsn.gov.