City Detail

Background Information

City of Prairie Island Indian Community
County: Goodhue
Population: 0
GreenStep City category: B
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 0
Participating township, county, school: Treasure Island Casino

GreenStep Coordinator

Leya Charles
City Staff
651-285-4115
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 1 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment File below summarizes completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded to cities who report a minimum number of core metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data for Steps 4&5. Additional city data can be found by reviewing information on B3 Benchmarking and Regional Indicators Initiative.

Assessment File

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 5
1 star actions: 2
2 star actions: 2
3 star actions: 1

Land Use Land Use

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

1 star - Action 1:

Conduct a Natural Resource Inventory or Assessment (NRI or NRA); incorporate protection of priority natural systems or resources such as groundwater through the subdivision or development process.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2009
Implementation details:
Prairie Island has conducted a wide range of Natural Resource Inventories between 2009-2014.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Leya Charles (City Staff) | Leya.Charles@piic.org | 6513854115

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 3:

Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
Through its EAB response plan and partnership with BIA, Prairie Island has a budget for monitoring the health of the canopy and planting trees. There is also a budget for the gravel tree nursery bed to help provide a more diverse and natural tree canopy.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Leya Charles (City Staff) | Leya.Charles@piic.org | 6513854115
3 star - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2010
Implementation details:
The Land and Environment Department has an EAB response plan that considers how EAB effects Prairie Island Indian Community, and details a mitigation plan. The mitigation plan includes removing ash trees from the canopy and replacing them with native trees to make a more resilient and diverse canopy.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Leya Charles (City Staff) | Leya.Charles@piic.org | 6513854115

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

2 star - Action 3:

Conduct one or more policy or education/behavior change campaigns on the topics below and document:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
Prairie Island Indian Community adopted the Healthier Environment Tobacco Policy (Tribal Council -Resolution No. 17-03-08-35) in 2017. The policy limits the use of commercial tobacco products in public spaces. It states that there shall be no commercial tobacco use of any kind within 50 feet of all non-commercial buildings and entities owned by the Prairie Island Indian community as well as no use of commercial tobacco products in community playgrounds and outdoor recreational areas. The use of sacred traditional tobacco for prayer, ceremony and memorial on Community property and buildings is allowed, promoted, and supported by the policy.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Leya Charles (City Staff) | Leya.Charles@piic.org | 6513854115

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 2:

Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2020
Implementation details:
During May through June 2020, the Community Garden, through a SHIP grant, ran a backyard gardening initiative where if a community member built a raised bed on their property, the Community Garden would fill it with soil. This initiative was also paired with a planted giveaway. The plants were started vegetables, herbs, prairie, medicines, and some fruits.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Leya Charles (City Staff) | Leya.Charles@piic.org | 6513854115