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Phone: (928) 523-9555
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ITEP Conferences

Tribal Lands & Environment Forum

2017 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 at the COX Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 14-17, 2017.

Check out the COX Business Center, restaurants, entertainment, and local attractions in Tulsa here: http://coxcentertulsa.com

For the 2017 TLEF, the Cox Business Center and both of the hotels are smoke free facilities.

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. Tribal water program topics will also be included with breakout sessions, trainings and field trips related to tribal water programs – water quality, drinking water, and habitat restoration (including wetlands, streams and fisheries).

On this website you will find information on registering for the forum, making hotel reservations, airport transportation options, securing vendor/exhibitor tables, Multi-Media Meetup, travel scholarships, and the TLEF draft agenda. You may also access presentations and agendas from past forums.

We will be continually updating this website and sending out TLEF email updates, so be sure to check back often. We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum!

Registration

You can register here to attend the 2017 TLEF. Everyone attending the 2017 TLEF including attendees, presenters, vendors, and exhibitors will need to complete the online registration process and pay the registration fee. The registration fee is $100 until midnight Pacific Time on June 30, 2017 when the registration fee will increase to $125. For more important dates and the TLEF registration fee rates take a look at the "2017 TLEF Registration Fee and Dates" document at the link below.
Click HERE for the 2017 TLEF Registration Fee and Dates. [pdf]

TLEF Travel Scholarship Request:
Please note that the opportunity to request a Travel Scholarship is included in the online registration form. We suggest that you review the information located in the "Travel Scholarship" tab before you begin the registration process and request a Travel Scholarship.

TLEF Registration Fee Refund Policy:
Check out the new and improved TLEF registration fee refund process by clicking on the "TLEF Refund Policy" below!
Click HERE for the 2017 TLEF Refund Policy. [pdf]

Online Registration:
Click HERE to register online and pay the registration fee for the 2017 Tribal Lands Forum.
Online registration for the 2017 TLEF will close on August 4. Registration after this date will need to be done onsite and the registration fee increases to $150.

Travel Scholarship

A limited number of travel scholarships are available to employees of federally-recognized tribes who would otherwise not be able to attend the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum. If you are awarded a travel scholarship, ITEP will be responsible for payment of your hotel room charges and tax for a maximum of five nights. The deadline for submitting your request for a travel scholarship is midnight Pacific Time, Friday, June 2, 2017.

To request a travel scholarship just check the "Yes, I would like to be considered for a travel scholarship" button located on the TLEF online registration form. You will also be asked to provide the reasons you are requesting a travel scholarship. Full payment of the TLEF registration fee is required in order for you to receive a travel scholarship.

What ITEP will do:
Requests for travel scholarships closes on June 2, 2017 and the status of your travel scholarship request will be emailed to you on June 9, 2017. If you are accepted for a travel scholarship your name will appear on the hotel’s direct bill list. The hotel room will be reserved in your name and ITEP will be responsible for payment of your lodging and tax charges. ITEP will not be responsible for any incidental charges incurred by you. Upon check-in at the hotel, you will be required to provide a credit or debit card to cover the cost of any incidental charges incurred by you.

What you will do:
When you are accepted for a travel scholarship we will send you an email announcement of the award and we ask that you reply to the award email before July 14, 2017 indicating your arrival and departure dates as well as your preference for either a king or double queen bed hotel room. Note that this option is entirely based on the availability of king and double queen hotel rooms. When planning your travel and arrival/departure dates, be advised that these dates must fall within the TELF hotel room block dates; Sunday August 13 through Thursday August 17. You will be financially responsible for any hotel nights that you request outside of the TLEF room block dates noted above. The hotel is a smoke free facility.

IMP0RTANT INFORMATION!!
In the event you do not respond to the award notification email that you receive from ITEP indicating your arrival/departure dates by 5:00pm Pacific Time, July 14, 2017, your travel scholarship request will be cancelled and you will not have a hotel reservation.

Hotel - Transportation

Hotel Accommodations
Lodging for the 2017 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum attendees is provided by the Double Tree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown and the Hyatt Regency Tulsa Hotels. Each hotel is offering a limited number of rooms at a single occupancy nightly rate of $91plus 13.517% tax. The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel is located adjacent to the COX Business Center while the Hyatt Regency Tulsa Hotel is a 10-minute walk to the COX Business Center.

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa Downtown
To make your hotel reservations at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa Downtown you may call the Double Tree Hilton Hotel national reservations line at 800-838-7914 and be sure to mention the Group Code "TLE". To make and manage your hotel reservations online go to this website:
http://group.doubletree.com/tribalLandsEnvironmentForum

Hyatt Regency Tulsa Hotel
To make your hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa you may call the Hyatt Regency Group Reservations toll Free line at 888-421-1442 or Reservations Local phone 402-592-6464. Be sure to mention the Group Reservation for the 2017 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum. To make and manage your hotel reservations online go to this website:
https://aws.passkey.com/e/49076132

Airport and Ground Transportation Information
For your convenience, each hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle service to the Tulsa International Airport, approximately 9 miles. The airport currently is serviced by Allegiant, American, Delta, Southwest, and United airlines. To arrange for shuttle service from the airport to either of the hotels, call the hotel directly when you get to the baggage claim area and a shuttle will be on the way to pick you up.

If you are staying at the Double Tree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown, call for shuttle 918-587-8000
If you are staying at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa Hotel, call for shuttle 918-234-1234

Vendor - Exhibitor - Sponsorship

The Deadline for Vendor/Exhibitor Registration is August 1, 2017!
The 2017 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum (TLEF) is sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Tribal Waste and Response Assistance Program Steering Committee, the USEPA Office of Land and Emergency Management, and the USEPA Office of Water. This is the 7th year of the TLEF and every year sees an increase in tribal environmental professional’s participation representing tribes across the US and Alaska Native Villages. We anticipate as many as 600 attendees at the 2017 TLEF and are inviting vendors and exhibitors to help with the continued success of this event!

Tables are available for vendors, exhibitors, government programs, tribal and non-government organizations, colleges, and universities to network and distribute information to forum attendees.

The 2017 TLEF Vendor/ Exhibitor fee is $100 and includes one table, two chairs, electric service and wifi. Vendor/Exhibitor tables will be ready for set up and staffing from 12:00pm Monday, August 14 through 12:00pm Thursday, August 17.

Click HERE to complete the online Vendor/Exhibitor Registration form and pay the Vendor/Exhibitor Registration fee. Payment options include secure online credit card payment and payment by check. If you are providing a Sponsorship (Thank YOU!) that amount will be included with the Vendor/Exhibitor fee on either payment option selected on the registration form.

Vendors & Exhibitors are invited to participate in the "Multi-Media Meetup" session at no extra cost. This networking event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Tulsa Ballroom. Please check the MMM RSVP "Yes" or "No" box on the Vendor/Exhibitor Registration form.

Many thanks for your interest and support of the 2017 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum!
After you have registered for the TLEF on the Registration tab, please visit the Hotel/Transportation tab on the TLEF website to reserve your room at the special rate of $91/night plus 13.517% tax.

Shipping displays and materials to the COX Center must include the following information:
Tribal Lands and Environment Forum
Your Name C/O Allie Stites
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103

For questions about Vendor/Exhibitor Registration or Sponsorships please contact John Mead:
928-523-2005 or John.Mead@nau.edu

Sponsorships are also available for you to support the 2017 TLEF. Promote your business or organization and sign up for a sponsorship!

  • Platinum Level Sponsorship ($1,000) provides logo displayed prominently at event and printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary half-page full-color and half-page black and white advertisements in conference program, one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.

  • Gold Level Sponsorship ($750) provides logo displayed prominently at event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary 3’x 5.25” full-color advertisement in conference program; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.

  • Silver Level Sponsorship ($500) provides logo displayed prominently at event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary half-page black & white advertisement in conference program; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.

You can make secure online credit card sponsorship payments for a sponsorship on the Vendor /Exhibitor registration form, otherwise please make sponsorship checks or money orders payable to Northern Arizona University and mail payment to:

John Mead, ITEP/NAU
P.O. Box 15004
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-1504

Multi-Media Meetup

The Multi-Media Meetup session of the TLEF is a networking opportunity for forum attendees to share information and interact with other attendees in an informal, exhibit-style atmosphere. This special session is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Tribal professionals to highlight their work, sharing their successes with, and garnering feedback from, other attendees;
  • Representatives from various agencies, industries, and organizations to share information on the services and products they provide to tribal professionals and tribes;
  • Researchers and students to provide information on studies and projects they are involved in with other attendees.

The Multi-Media Meetup will take place during the TLEF, on Wednesday, August 16, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Requests to participate in the Multi-Media Meetup should be submitted no later than July 24, 2017.

Participants are encouraged to display materials that discuss unique projects, original research, innovative technologies, or other subjects related to solid waste, UST/LUST, Superfund, brownfields, emergency response, surface and/or groundwater quality, habitat restoration, water facilities, and/or climate change. This session is free to all participants – there are no charges for display tables. ITEP will provide a 6-foot table, chairs, and a limited number of presentation easels, poster board, tape and accessories for your use. Please feel free to bring your own table coverings, dazzling displays or artwork, and/or other items you wish; just be aware that whatever you bring has to fit in front of, on top of, or behind your table. The more you can engage the TLEF attendees the better!

Forum sponsors are not responsible for issues related to copyright or culturally sensitive information. Participants are responsible for shipping and setup/breakdown of all materials before, during and after the session. Any items left behind will be discarded accordingly.

Click HERE to reserve a table online.

If you have any questions about the Multi-Media Meetup contact Julie Jurkowski or John Mead:
Julie.Jurkowski@nau.edu
John.Mead@nau.edu

Session Proposal

Do you have information you want to share at the 2017 TLEF? We are now accepting breakout session and training proposals!

If you are interested in presenting at the 2017 TLEF, either during a breakout session or one of our special trainings, please fill out our online proposal form. ITEP will consider proposals dealing with solid waste, brownfields, Superfund, UST/LUST, emergency response, tribal water resources and utilities, and cross-media issues. The deadline for all proposal submittals is May 12, 2017. We will contact you via email to let you know if your proposal has been accepted by late May.

Please note that all presenters will need to also register for the forum (online registration is available via the "Registration Tab" link below).

Click HERE for Proposal Registration Form
Click HERE for Registration Tab.

Special Training and Field Trip

This year’s TLEF will include a number of special trainings and field trips. Some of the field trips will be associated with trainings offered on Monday, while others will be open to all conference attendees. These fieldtrips will be conducted in cooperation with local tribes and other entities.

Participation in these special trainings and fieldtrips will be limited and will be booked on a first come, first serve basis. You must register for special trainings and fieldtrips in advance. We will send email announcements when the special training and field trip sign up options become available. Please check back often for more information on these fieldtrips and how to register.

Agenda

We will be accepting proposals for trainings and breakout sessions very soon and will have the 2017 TLEF final agenda available here in May.
For now you can access an outline of the TLEF agenda:

Click HERE for DRAFT Agenda. [pdf]

Past TLEFs:

2016 TLEF: Mohegan Sun Resort
Uncasville, CN
August 15-18, 2016
    Click HERE for Presentations.

    Click HERE for Conference Booklet.

    Click HERE for Attendee Networking list.

2015 TLEF: Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis, MN
August 17-20, 2015
    Click HERE for Presentations.

    Click HERE for Conference Booklet.

    Click HERE for Attendee Networking List.

2013 TLEF: Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Pueblo of Santa Ana
August 19-22, 2013
    Click HERE for Presentations.

    Click HERE for Conference Booklet.

    Click HERE for Attendee Networking List.

2012 TLEF: Mill Casino and Hotel, Coquille Indian Tribe
Coos Bay, OR
August 20-23, 2012
    Click HERE for Presentations.

    Click HERE for Attendee Networking List. [pdf]

    Click HERE for Presenter Bios. [pdf]

    Click HERE for Agenda Booklet. [pdf]

2011 TLEF: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
Oneida/Green Bay, WI
August 23-25, 2011
    Click HERE for Presentations.

2010 TLEF: US Grant Hotel
San Diego, CA
August 24-26, 2010
    Click HERE for Presentations.


For more information please contact:

Todd Barnell, Program Manager
928/523-3840
Todd.Barnell@nau.edu
Julie Jurkowski, Program Coordinator Sr.
928/523-9404
Julie.Jurkowski@nau.edu