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National Tribal Forum on Air Quality

Welcome to National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF)

The purpose of the NTF is to provide environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality. The NTF is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA), made possible by funding from US EPA and sponsorships from the entities listed below.

2016 NTF:
May 17-19, 2016
Seneca Niagara Resort
Niagara Falls, New York

**IMPORTANT NOTE: Conference attendees that wish to visit nearby attractions and explore the Falls thoroughly are strongly encouraged to obtain a valid US Passport (in order to cross the border to Canada. For information on obtaining a US Passport, visit:

** UPDATE! Be sure to stick around after the conference ends on Thursday, May 19th for the “Breath of Fresh Air 5K” fun run and walk from 5-7 pm! Conference attendees will be able to register for the event, which takes participants around Goat Island to see the falls, and starts and ends at the Seneca Resort and Casino.

**Pre-conference training sessions, Monday May 16 (See “Register” tab for details)
  • Radon and Radon Mitigation Concepts (full day, technical, hands-on training)
  • Clean Air Act 101 (half-day introductory session)
  • Clean Power Plan (half-day introductory session)
  • Have a request or suggestion? Click HERE
  • Interested in hosting your own training session? Click HERE

This conference is designed to provide a forum for tribes, federal agencies, and other organizations with interests in air quality and climate change to share with and learn from one another. Conference highlights include:

2016 NTF Sponsors:
ITEP & NTAA would like to thank the following sponsors for generously supporting the 2016 NTF:

Platinum-Level Sponsor: Lakes Environmental
Gold-Level Sponsor: Agilaire LLC

Sponsors & Exhibitors:

Interested in sponsoring this premier conference for environmental professionals? The NTF annual conference is a must-attend event for tribal environmental professionals from across the country, and draws solid participation from senior US EPA officials and other Federal, State and Local agencies. Hundreds attend our conference annually to present research, learn and discuss air quality and climate change issues for Indian Country and Alaska.

By becoming a sponsor, your organization is affirming its focus on environmental quality and helping to support idea-sharing and inspiration-gathering among attendees. Sponsorships will be used to enhance the overall conference experience for all attendees, however if you have specific items you wish to sponsor, please let us know.

Click HERE to download the Sponsor/Vendor/Exhibitor Request form.

Sponsorship Levels*:

Platinum* ($2,000) ($1500) – your logo displayed prominently at event and on conference program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary advertisement space in conference program: one (1) half-page full-color ad; two (2) half-page black-and-white ads; four (4) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space. Exclusively available to Platinum Sponsors: complimentary full-color ad space (5x7 inches) displayed on each table in plenary session meeting room.

Gold* ($1,000) ($750) – presentations or product demonstrations; your logo displayed prominently at event and on conference program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary 3"x5.25" full-color advertisement in conference program; three (3) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.
Silver* ($500) ($375) – presentations or product demonstrations; your logo displayed prominently at event and on conference program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary 3"x5.25" black & white advertisement in conference program; two (2) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.
Exhibitor* ($350) ($250) – two (2) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space (exhibit space only).

* Due to conference agenda and meeting room layout, exhibitor booths will experience very limited exposure during conference breakout sessions; fees have been discounted to compensate.

Presentations, Posters and Training Sessions:

We want to hear from YOU at this conference! Present a poster, host a training session, or give a presentation. The more we can do to highlight and enhance the great work of tribes, the more we'll learn from one-another and improve the welfare of our communities! Travel support may be available for tribal presenters; to request travel assistance, see the presentation request form linked below.

Click HERE to submit the Presentation/Poster request form.

Is there a topic or issue you would like hear about at NTF? Do you have a specific training need that you would like to see offered in conjunction with NTF? Click HERE to make a suggestion.

Eco-Café Exhibit & Poster Session:
The Eco-Café is a unique session held during the NTF when conference attendees circulate to a variety of tables or exhibits where they are able to ask questions and interact one-on-one with others. It is an opportunity to present a special project, conduct outreach on a topic, or highlight resources and services available. The Eco-Café is always THE favorite session of the Forum, and with your participation, it will be again!

Click HERE for more information or to sign up for the Eco-Café.


Registration is now CLOSED!

Registration Fee*:
  • $50/person (applies to all attendees who do not receive travel support through ITEP/NTAA).
  • To request an invoice or W-9 for payment of the registration fee, or to pay the registration fees for multiple individuals together, please contact ITEP.
  • Registration fees may be repaid in the event of a cancellation via reimbursement only (no direct refunds). To request a registration fee reimbursement, please contact ITEP. NOTE: in order to process reimbursements of any kind, Northern Arizona University requires completion of its Substitute W-9 form; if you are not willing to submit the information required, it is recommended you pay your registration fee on-site.

Optional Sessions:

The following sessions are FREE, however, registration is required and is completed separately from the NTF conference registration; individuals may register for any pre-conference session alone if desired. See below for session details and registration information. (NOTE: some session details are still being finalized; check back for updates).

TRAINING SESSIONS - Monday, May 16, 2016
Building Dynamics and Radon Entry Technical Training Session: Monday May 16, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
This full-day training will consist of classroom lectures and hands-on practice addressing building diagnostics, radon mitigation and Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC). Tribal housing, environmental and other staff involved in construction/maintenance of tribal buildings are invited to attend. A pre-training webinar will be held prior to the session to provide background information on radon occurrence and risk reduction. Webinar details will be provided to all session registrants. Scholarships may be available for tribal attendees—request scholarships when registering for this session. Topics include: Evaluation of mitigation/RRNC systems; Review of diagnostic equipment and modern building techniques; Hands-on activity with construction materials needed for passive radon mitigation systems. Certificates of Completion will be provided to attendees who complete the entire session. Session registration is required. For more information, contact Brandy Toft ( or 218-335-7429) or

Click HERE to register for the Radon Training Session

Clean Air Act (CAA) 101 Training Session: Monday May 16, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
This half-day training session will provide attendees with a brief overview of the terms and concepts related to ambient (outdoor) air quality management and an overview of the Clean Air Act as it applies to tribes. Anyone attending the NTF that is new to the field of air quality is encouraged to attend this session; it is also strongly recommended prior to the Clean Power Plan session that follows. Topics include: Air pollutants, sources and health effects; Regulating air pollution (Clean Air Act); Tribes and air quality management.Session registration is required. For more information, contact

Click HERE to register for the CAA-101 Session

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Opportunities for Tribes Training Session: Monday May 16, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm:
This half-day training session will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the Climate Change and some of the implications for tribal communities and resources that available to tribes to mitigate climate change through Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy projects. Session registration is required; attending the CAA101 Session is strongly recommended for those with limited air quality experience. For more information, contact

Click HERE to register.

FIELD TRIPS - Monday, May 16, 2016
Several field trips are being planned for Monday, May 16. Please check back soon for details.

NTAA MEETING - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
NTAA Membership Annual Meeting
The National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) members will be holding their Annual Meeting as a working lunch on Tuesday, May 17. The meeting is open to any representatives of NTAA Member Tribes. Not sure if your Tribe is a member? Check here. Becoming a member is free and easy! If you are interested in more information on becoming an NTAA Member, or the activities of the NTAA, please contact Andy Bessler, NTAA Project Director. No registration required.

Scholarship Request:

  • The deadline to request scholarships is March 18, 2016.
  • Individuals selected for scholarship will have the registration fee waived.
  • Scholarships will be issued by reimbursement AFTER the conference to help cover eligible expenses including airfare, mileage, and meals up to the amount of $700.00 (for Alaska Native Villages, the scholarship amount will be $1200.00).
  • Scholarship recipients will have up to 5 nights (Sunday 5/15-Thursday 5/19) lodging pre-paid; reservations will be made by ITEP on behalf of scholarship recipients.
  • ITEP will provide ONE scholarship per tribe (in addition to approved tribal presenters) to help cover eligible travel expenses for tribal employee(s).
  • If a scholarship request is denied, you may still attend the conference, however you will have to submit a new registration form and pay the registration fee. You will also be responsible for all travel-related expenses and arrangements.


Click HERE for agenda. [pdf]

Conference Program:

Click HERE for conference program. [pdf]


For individuals receiving travel support from ITEP or NTAA: Lodging arrangements will be made by ITEP for scholarship recipients, eligible presenters and NTAA Executive Committee members; please DO NOT contact the hotel directly if your lodging will be paid by ITEP. All other attendees must make hotel reservations directly with the hotel. If you need to cancel your hotel reservations, contact the hotel directly at 1-877-873-6322.

For individuals paying on own: a group block reservation has been made at the Seneca Niagara Resort, located at 310 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY, 14303. The group lodging rate is $83.00/night, plus occupancy fees ($15/night for standard rooms; $25/night for suites). This rate is available until April 15, 2016 and is only valid for reservations made by calling the hotel directly (it will not be accepted for online reservations), or until group rooming block has been exceeded. It is strongly recommended that you make hotel reservations as early as possible. For reservations, contact the hotel by phone at 1-877-873-6322; reference “Northern Arizona University” for the group block rate. A credit card will be required at time of booking to secure the room reservation.

Off-site Lodging options are available at the following nearby hotels. No group blocks have been established at these hotels, this information is being provided to help attendees find a hotel within walking distance from the Seneca Niagara Resort. IMPORTANT! Shuttle transportation will NOT be provided to off-site hotels for the conference or the airport.

Days Inn Niagara at the Falls
443 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: (716) 284-8801

Holiday Inn Niagara Falls
114 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone: (716) 285-2521

Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls
333 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone: (716) 285-4000
Hampton Inn Niagara Falls
501 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone: (716) 285-6666

Comfort Inn The Pointe
1 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone: (716) 284-6835

Quality Hotel & Suites at the Falls
240 1st St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Phone: (716) 282-1212


Air Travel:
Several commercial airports serve the Niagara Falls area; please see below for more details. Airline reservations are your responsibility (with the exception of presenters receiving travel support).

  • Buffalo International Airport (~30 miles one way) – shuttle transportation will be available to/from the Buffalo airport ONLY. See below for information on shuttles.
  • Niagara Falls International Airport (~10 miles one way) – NO shuttle transportation available to/from Niagara Falls airport; this airport offers limited service via Spirit and Allegiant airlines.

Airport Shuttles:
Due to limited ground transportation options in the area, this year’s tribal co-hosts have secured chartered shuttles to/from the Buffalo International Airport (BUF) for conference attendees lodging at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino (NOTE: other area hotels will NOT be serviced by the shuttle). Shuttle reservations are no longer being accepted, however please see the Shuttle Schedule below to see if there will be a shuttle available at the time needed. Alternate transportation options include local taxi or ride-share services, which can be obtained from Ground Transportation at the Buffalo Airport.

Click HERE for the NTFAQ Conference Shuttle Schedule.

Parking and Conference Shuttle:
The Seneca Resort Hotel offers on-site self-parking and valet parking for a fee.


2016 National Tribal Forum photos on Dropbox
NTAA's 2016 National Tribal Forum Slideshow


2016 National Tribal Forum presentations

Monday, May 16, 2016

8:00 am-5:00 pm Conference and Workshop Registration

8:30 am-4:30 pm Building Dynamics and Radon Entry Technical Training Session

8:00 am-12:30 pm Clean Air Act (CAA) 101 Training Session

1:30 pm-5:00 pm Efforts to Address Climate Change & Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Opportunities for Tribes

5:30 pm-7:30 pm Optional Site Visit: Riverside Hike with Riverkeepers

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

8:30-9:15 am Invocation & Welcoming Remarks

9:15-9:30 am Keynote Address: Janet McCabe, US EPA Office of Air and Radiation, Acting Assistant Administrator

9:30-11:30 am Plenary Session: Tribal Air Quality News Talk Show

11:30-1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:30 pm Networking Clubhouse & Day 1 Raffle Drawing

2:30-3:00 pm Networking & Refreshment Break

3:00-4:30 pm Breakout Sessions

5:30-7:30 pm Site Visit: Love Canal Tour

5:30-7:30 pm Optional Birdwatching Excursion

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

8:00-8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:30 am Plenary Session: Climate Change & Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Opportunities for Tribes

9:30-10:00 am Networking Break

10:00 am-12:00 pm Eco-Café—Exhibit & Poster Session & Working Lunch (provided)

12:00-12:30 pm Keynote Address: Neil Patterson (Tuscarora)

12:30-1:00 pm Networking Break

1:00-4:30 pm Breakout Sessions

5:30-8:00 pm Virgil Masayesva Award Ceremony & Banquet Dinner (Optional)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

8:00-8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 am Plenary Session: Indoor Air Quality Resources for Tribes

10:00-10:30 am Networking Break

10:30 am-12:00 pm Breakout Sessions

12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:30 pm Plenary Session – Air Quality & Health Effects

3:30-4:00 pm Closing Ceremony & Final Raffle Drawing

Past NTFs:

2015 NTF: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
Battle Creek, MI
May 19-21, 2015
    Click HERE for Conference Program.

    Click HERE for Agenda.

    Click HERE for 2015 NTF presentations.

2014 NTF: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Anacortes, WA
May 13-15, 2014
    Click HERE for Conference Program.

    Click HERE for Agenda.

    Click HERE for 2014 NTF presentations.

2013 NTF: Fort McDowell Reservation
Fountain Hills, AZ
April 30-May 2, 2013
    Click HERE for presentations.

2012 NTF: Cherokee Nation's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Tulsa, Ok
May 22-24, 2012
    Click HERE for Presentations.

    Click HERE for Final Agenda. [pdf]

2011 NTF: Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Hotel and Casino
Spokane, WA
June 14-16, 2011
    Click HERE for Presentations.

    Click HERE for Final Agenda. [pdf]

Optional NSR Consultation Session Agenda, June 13, 2011:
    Click HERE for NSR agenda. [pdf]

For more information please contact:

Lydia Scheer, Program Manager
Andy Bessler, Project Director
National Tribal Air Association - NAU