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Tribal Lands & Environment Forum (TLEF)
The ITEP Waste & Response Team, and the Tribal Waste & Response Steering Committee, are very excited to bring you a virtual variation on the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum during this challenging time. We’ve specifically chosen and built a platform that will allow you to not only learn, but also connect with your friends and colleagues like you normally do during the TLEF. And best of all, there is no registration fee this year!

Online Event: Monday, August 17-Thursday, August 20, 2020

Don’t Delay: Registration Ends Monday, August 3!

For general registration questions, please email

Click HERE To Register

What Does the TLEF:VG Offer Me?
  • Two plenary sessions. Our opening plenary on August 17 will feature Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, the author of Braiding Sweetgrass! And for our closing plenary on August 20 we will have a presentation by Jason Baldes, a Board Member of the Inter Tribal Buffalo Council.
  • 21 Live Sessions by a wide variety of experts, covering solid waste, Superfund, USTs, emergency response, and multi-media topics. Each of these sessions will include live Q&A sessions so you can engage directly with the presenters.
  • 20+ “Birds of a Feather” Live, small-group, video discussions. These special video discussion sessions will each have a particular topic and will allow you to network and brainstorm with your colleagues on subjects of importance to you.
  • Virtual Multi-Media Meetup is a networking opportunity to share information and interact with tribal colleagues, technical assistance providers, and agency staff on Wednesday afternoon. You’ll be able to visit virtual booths, access their materials and videos, and also chat directly with each exhibitor.
  • Opportunities to connect and chat with your colleagues one-on-one. Starting on August 3, registered attendees can build their own profiles and then connect with colleagues and set up individual video chat sessions.
  • Special in-depth trainings the week of August 24!. We’ve been working with three different groups to bring you the opportunity for additional online trainings the following week. You’ll be able to sign up for courses on “Indigenous Planning, Community Assets, and Brownfields”; “Environmental Health and Land Reuse” with staff from Tribes and ATSDR; and a very innovative course covering Tribal law and sovereignty by long time TLEF participant Richard Du Bey and his colleagues at Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC.

2020 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum: A Virtual Gathering

The 2020 TLEF Proposal deadline has passed. Thank you so much for your interest and we look forward to having you join us for this event in August.

Past TLEFs:

*Note: links below for presentations will redirect to files on; links to photos are redirected to If you have difficulty accessing these files, please contact ITEP.

2019 TLEF: Palm Springs Renaissance Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA
August 19-22, 2019

2019 TLEF Presentations

2019 TLEF Booklet [pdf]

2019 TLEF Highlights video [mp4]

2018 TLEF: Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA
August 13-16, 2018

2018 TLEF Presentations

2018 TLEF Booklet [pdf]

2018 TLEF Highlights video [mp4]

2017 TLEF: Cox Business Center
Tulsa, OK
August 14-17, 2017

2017 TLEF Presentations

2017 TLEF Attendee Networking list. [pdf]

2016 TLEF: Mohegan Sun Resort
Uncasville, CN
August 15-18, 2016

2019 TLEF Presentations

2016 TLEF Conference Booklet [pdf]

2016 TLEF Attendee Networking list [pdf]

2013 TLEF: Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Pueblo of Santa Ana
August 19-22, 2013

2013 TLEF Presentations

2013 TLEF Conference Booklet [pdf]

2013 TLEF Attendee Networking List [pdf]

2012 TLEF: Mill Casino and Hotel, Coquille Indian Tribe
Coos Bay, OR
August 20-23, 2012

2012 TLEF Presentations

2012 TLEF Attendee Networking List [pdf]

2012 TLEF Presenter Bios [pdf]

2012 TLEF Agenda Booklet [pdf]

2011 TLEF: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
Oneida/Green Bay, WI
August 23-25, 2011

2011 TLEF Presentations

2010 TLEF: US Grant Hotel
San Diego, CA
August 24-26, 2010

2010 TLEF Presentations

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director

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