2015 Tribal Lands & Environment Forum
We are very excited to once again offer the annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum (TLEF). This year’s forum will be taking place in
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, August 17-20, 2015.
Once again, the forum will feature special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund sites, and emergency response. However, this year we will also be including breakout session tracks related to tribal water programs – water quality, drinking water, and habitat restoration (including wetlands, streams and fisheries). We are very pleased to welcome tribal and federal water professionals this year!
On this website you will find information on registering for the forum, making hotel reservations, navigating transportation options, securing vendor/exhibitor tables, and the forum draft agenda. You may also access presentations and agendas from past forums.
We will be continually updating this website, so be sure to check back often. We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 TLEF!
This year we are offering twelve different training opportunities on Monday, August 17, as part of the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum. These trainings do require that attendees sign up in advance, and many of them are filling up fast. To see what trainings we are offering this year, please click HERE.
To sign up for one or more of these trainings, please contact Todd Barnell at Todd.Barnell@nau.edu.
Field Trip Opportunities at the TLEF:
We are very excited to be offering several field trip opportunities at this year’s TLEF. Please be aware these field trips are first come, first served, and will be limited to around 25 people each. If you are interested in signing up for a field trip, please email Todd Barnell at Todd.Barnell@nau.edu and let him know which one you would like to attend.
- A Tour of Several Projects Undertaken by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe: This trip will take place on Monday, August 17 and will be an all-day event. Attendees will visit a wild rice restoration project on Ogechie Lake, the Buckmore dam removal project, and a brownfields reclamation project involving the tribe’s old wastewater lagoons. This trip will be taking place during the training sessions offered on Monday, and will be primarily of interest to those working in tribal water programs, habitat restoration, and brownfields.
- Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary: This beautiful park is the result of an extensive brownfields reclamation project that involved several local tribes, the USEPA, the city, and non-profit groups. We are currently finalizing plans for this field trip, but it will take place in the afternoon of Monday, August 17. A special group of speakers, representing various tribal, federal, city and non-profit perspectives, will guide attendees through the process as they visit this excellent green reuse of a contaminated site. This trip will be taking place during other afternoon trainings on Monday, and will be primarily of interest to those working on brownfields, Superfund, and green reuse projects.
- Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Compost Facility: This special visit to a state of the art composting facility will take place in the afternoon of Tuesday, August 18. Facility staff will be on hand to show attendees the process, types of equipment use, and explain the history of creation of the facility and the tribe’s commitment to reducing their waste stream and selling a high quality product. This trip will be taking place during the afternoon breakout sessions on Tuesday, and will be primarily of interest to those working solid waste management and source reduction programs.
- The Reilly Tar and Chemical Corporation/St. Louis Park Plant Site: This trip will take place in the afternoon of Thursday, August 20. For many years this site was used for coal tar distillation and wood preservation, which led to contamination of multiple aquifers. On this tour you’ll visit two large groundwater treatment plants and reclaimed land that now has a community park, soccer fields, and both residential and commercial buildings. The Public Works Superintendent and a field technician will discuss the process the City of St. Louis Park went through to tackle regulatory hurdles, the steps they took to remediate the site, and the struggles and successes of the overall project. This trip will take place following the closing ceremony on Thursday afternoon, and will be primarily of interest to those working in Superfund and brownfields programs.
Exciting Opportunity on weekend prior to the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum!
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is hosting the 2015 Annual WACIPI. Dancers, singers, and visitors from across the country will gather at the SMSC Annual Wacipi for a weekend of dancing, singing, visiting, and shopping. Wacipi is the Dakota word for powwow!
The WACIPI is being held on the SMSC WACIPI Grounds located just north of the Mystic Lake Casino and south of County Road 42 between County Road 83 and County Road 17 (Marschall Road). The address is 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee, MN 55372.
Click on the links below for more information!
WACIPI flyer [pdf]