Menu of selected tribal laws related to mosquito and vector control
Published Date:November 30, 2016
Corporate Authors:Public Health Law Program (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)) ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. ;
Description:American Indian and Alaska Native tribes are sovereign nations that maintain a government-to-government relationship with the United States. There are currently 567 federally recognized tribes throughout the contiguous United States and Alaska. In addition to exercising political sovereignty, tribes exercise cultural sovereignty through traditions and religious practices unique to each tribe’s history and culture. Cultural sovereignty “encompasses the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical aspects” of Native people’s lives and is a foundation to tribal exercise of political sovereignty.
As sovereign nations, tribes have inherent authority to protect the public health and welfare of their citizens and “to make their own laws and be ruled by them.” Thus, in the context of vector-borne disease control, tribes have the authority to engage in vector-control activities using methods most appropriate for their communities. Tribes have exercised this authority by passing laws related to mosquito and vector control and by providing mosquito and vector control services through tribal agencies and programs.
This menu offers examples of selected tribal laws related to mosquito and vector control. It can be used by jurisdictions interested in developing or updating their own vector-borne disease control laws to respond to vector-borne disease threats, such as the Zika virus.
Tribal laws provide examples of vector control laws in various settings, including solid waste management, nuisance control, and insecticide use.
This document was developed by Aila Hoss, JD, Carter Consulting, Inc., contractor and Dawn Pepin, JD, MPH, Chenega Professional and Technical Services, LLC, contractor with the Public Health Law Program (PHLP) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. The author thanks Matthew Penn, JD, MLIS, Director, PHLP, for his editorial assistance.
This menu includes tribal mosquito and vector control laws collected from WestlawNext on March 10, 2016.
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