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National Tribal Forum on Air Quality

Welcome to National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF)

MAY 1-4, 2017
Casino del Sol Resort
5655 W. Valencia Road
Tucson, Arizona

The NTF provides environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, 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 our generous sponsors.

Click HERE to download the latest version of the NTF agenda.

ITEP & NTAA would like to thank the following sponsors for generously supporting the 2017 NTF!

Platinum-Level Sponsor:

Gold-Level Sponsor:

Silver-Level Sponsor:


Click HERE to submit your registration for the NTF. See the "Scholarship" tab to request a scholarship (registration included).

  • $50/person registration fee (applies to all attendees who do not otherwise receive travel support through ITEP/NTAA*).
  • Fees may be paid online by credit card or e-check at the time of registration, or paid at any time prior to the event using this online form; check, cash and credit card payments accepted on-site at time of registration.
  • 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 refunded in the event of a cancellation according to these terms and conditions.
  • *Registration Fees are waived for the following: Host Tribe Members and Employees, Forum Presenters, Scholarship Awardees, NTAA Executive Committee Members, TAMS Steering Committee Members.

Optional Sessions:

The following sessions are FREE to attend and open to all interested unless otherwise indicated. Registration for all optional sessions is required. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to limited seating. All optional sessions require proof of registration to attend. See below for session details and registration. (NOTE: some information is still being finalized; check back for updates).


VW Settlement Workshop Session: Monday, May 1, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
This workshop will provide information on how tribes can benefit from the $ 55 million VW Settlement to mitigate diesel emissions. This training will be a “one stop shop” for ribes to learn about this historic settlement, determine how to fill out the necessary forms to secure funding and find out how to maximize their funding to do the air quality work defined in the settlement. Attendees will be asked to bring a list of all diesel vehicles including marine vessels to the training from their Tribes. Contact will be made to registered attendees prior to the training to assist in completing this list. Session registration is required. For more information, contact

   Click HERE to register for the VW Settlement Workshop.

Radon Technical Training Session: Monday May 1, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
This full-day workshop will consist of classroom lectures and hands-on practice addressing radon measurement and radon mitigation in tribal structures. Tribal housing, environmental and other staff involved in construction/maintenance of tribal buildings are invited to attend. Two webinars are available for viewing to provide background information on radon occurrence and risk reduction. We ask all participants to view these two free webinars prior to attending the in-person training as participants should have a basic understanding of radon. Information on the webinars will be sent upon successful registration. 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).

   Click HERE to register for the Radon Training Session.

Clean Air Training Session – Smoke Ready Reservations: Monday May 1, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
This training session is designed for tribal air program and environmental professionals to learn about smoke from woodburning and wildfires. The session will present case studies and tools identifying how to prepare reservation infrastructure and residences in order to cope with smoke intrusion. Following this training, attendees will be prepared to identify sources of smoke and understand their health effects, how to develop a smoke-ready plan, and how to take action in their communities. Session registration is required. For more information, contact

   Click HERE to register for the Clean Air Session.

Indoor Air Quality Demonstration Session: Monday, May 1, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
This training will focus on assessing IAQ in homes and businesses utilizing wireless IAQ monitors to identify issues and occupant behaviors that may impact the health of IAQ. This workshop will give tips on doing assessments more effectively. Traditionally, data has been gathered through spot testing, which suffers from not always being representative. However, the advent of affordable and high quality sensors paired with internet-based monitoring platforms has revolutionized the ability of IAQ professionals to track and improve building performance. Session registration is required. For more information, contact or via phone: 315-250-1028.

   Click HERE to register for the IAQ Demonstration Session.

NTAA Membership Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) member tribes will be held as a working lunch on Tuesday, May 2. The meeting is open to any representative(s) 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. Sign up to attend the meeting when you register for the Forum!

Scholarship Request:

Scholarship request deadline has passed.


We want to hear from YOU at this conference! Present a poster, host a training session, or give a presentation. The more we learn from one-another through sharing and listening, the more we improve the well-being of our communities! 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.

Presentations and Session Proposals:
Travel support is available to tribal presenters only; the deadline to request assistance is March 17, 2017 Requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed, and will be considered only if funds allow.

Click HERE to submit the Presentation/Session request form.

Eco-Café Interactive 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 details of 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 is made stronger by your participation!

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


For individuals receiving travel support from ITEP or NTAA*: Lodging arrangements will be made for you; please DO NOT contact the hotel directly, except in the event of cancellation. All other attendees must contact the hotel directly to make lodging arrangements. *Eligible recipients include: Scholarship Awardees, NTAA Executive Committee Members, and TAMS Steering Committee Members.

For individuals paying own way: a group block reservation has been made at the Casino del Sol Resort, located at 5655 W. Valencia Road, Tucson, Arizona. The group lodging rate is $99.00/night (+10% occupancy fee). This rate is available until Monday April 3rd, 2017 , or until group block has filled. Any room reservation request after this date cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and is subject to availability. It is strongly recommended that you make hotel reservations as early as possible.
Reserve your room: Use this link to access the group’s online reservation form: National Tribal Forum (offer code: NTFAQ) or contact the Hotel Reservation line at 1-855-SOL-PLAY (765-7829). A credit card will be required at time of booking to secure the room reservation.

Alternate lodging options for Tucson, AZ

Please note: the hotels listed below are alternate options for conference attendees needing lodging. NO SHUTTLE SERVICE will be provided between these hotels and the conference hotel, however all options listed offer lodging at or below the government rate. No group block has been secured at these hotels.

Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel (
7350 South Nogales Highway, Tucson, AZ 85756 (8.5 miles)
(866) 332-9467

Courtyard by Marriott Tucson Airport (
2505 E Executive Dr, Tucson, AZ 85756 (9 miles)
(520) 573-0000

Staybridge Suites Tucson Airport (
2705 E Executive Dr, Tucson, AZ 85756 (9 miles)
(520) 807-1004
Holiday Inn Express (
2548 E Medina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85756 (9 miles)
(520) 889-6600

Residence Inn Marriott Tucson Airport (
2660 E Medina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85756 (9 miles)
(520) 294-5522


Air Travel:
The Tucson International Airport serves the Tucson area with flights from most major airlines. Airline reservations are your responsibility.

Airport Shuttles:
The Casino del Sol does not offer complimentary shuttle service to/from the Tucson International Airport. Shared-ride van service is available from Arizona Stagecoach (

Parking and Conference Shuttle:
The Casino del Sol Resort offers free on-site self-parking and valet parking for a fee.

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) - NO LONGER AVAILABLE - 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 horizontal full-color ad; two (2) half-page horizontal black-and-white ads; four (4) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space with power included.* **Exclusively available to Platinum Sponsors: complimentary full-color single ad space (5x7 inches vertical) displayed on each table in general session meeting room and conference registration area.

Gold* ($1,000) – your logo displayed prominently at event and on conference program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary advertisements in conference program: one (1) full-color 3"x5" vertical ad and two (2) black-and-white 3"x5" vertical ads; three (3) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.*
Silver* ($500) – your logo displayed prominently at event and on conference program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary 3"x5" vertical black & white advertisement in conference program; two (2) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.*
Exhibitor* ($350) – two (2) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space. Non-profit or tribal artisan exhibitor spaces only $50!*

* All exhibitor spaces include: 6-foot skirted table, 2 chairs, waste basket. Power hook-up and other audio-visual equipment are available upon request for an additional charge. Exhibitor spaces are located in the conference pre-function area and will be accessible to conference attendees from Monday 5/1 through Thursday 5/4, 8 am-5 pm.

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