Haskell Indian Nations University and the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday will take a step to strengthen ties.
Representatives from the school and the federal agency will hold a signing ceremony for a "Memorandum of Agreement," which will formalize closer educational and research ties, officials said.
"We wish to facilitate better communication with Haskell and EPA," said Kim Olson, regional American Indian program director for the EPA in Kansas City, Kan.
The signing ceremony will be at 10 a.m. in Navarre Hall at Haskell.
The agreement will pave the way for Haskell students to serve internships in the EPA. The EPA also will help develop syllabi for a new environmental science curriculum, which will begin at Haskell this fall.
The agreement also could lead to the EPA assisting Haskell in equipping an environmental science laboratory, and instructing faculty and staff with use of the equipment, Olson said.
In addition, the agreement, "Will help with the EPA's mission of increasing its pool of minority talent," said Haskell President Bob Martin.
Freda Tapedo, executive assistant to the president at Haskell, said many details of the agreement still have to be hammered out.
"We'll sit down and work those things out," she said.
"We already have a relationship with EPA and we want to make sure it continues," Martin said.
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