DENVER -- Mark Fox, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in western North Dakota, has been named to the Environmental Protection Agency local government advisory committee.

The agency said the 34-member board helps EPA develop partnerships with local governments to provide improvements to public health and more efficient and effective environmental protection at the community, state and federal levels.

“Chairman Fox has valuable knowledge and experience working on issues facing tribal nations,” said EPA Regional Administrator Doug Benevento. “His familiarity with these issues, along with his work developing small businesses, will provide essential representation to the committee.”

As the elected chair of the tribe, Fox of Parshall works on issues including energy, water development, and intergovernmental affairs. From 2004-2005, he assisted with the a business incubation program to assist development of federally funded program whose purpose is to assist Native American small businesses nationwide.

The EPA advisory committee, which is planning to meet in early summer to begin its work, provides independent and objective policy advice to the EPA administrator.