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Phone: (928) 523-9555
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Conferences

Tribal Lands & Environment Forum

2016 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:

Mohegan Sun Resort
Uncasville, Connecticut
August 15-18, 2016


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. This will also be the second time we include 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, navigating transportation options, securing vendor/exhibitor tables, and the forum draft agenda. You may also access presentations and agendas from past forums.

NEW THIS YEAR: On Wednesday, August 17, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm we will be organizing a special “Multi-Media Meetup” session at the TLEF. This is an opportunity for tribes, federal agencies, private companies, students, non-governmental organizations, and other entities to set up information tables, display posters, and share information on their activities. This special networking opportunity will allow all the TLEF attendees to gather together and learn more about exciting projects occurring around the country. For more information on how to participate in this new event, click on the Multi-Media Meetup Tab.

We will be continually updating this website, so be sure to check back often. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 TLEF!

Registration

You will need to register here in order to attend the 2016 TLEF. Everyone attending the 2016, including presenters, vendors, and exhibitors, will need to complete the online registration process. Please be aware that there is a $100 registration fee that all attendees must pay as part of their registration. The registration fee will increase to $125 on July 8, 2016.

Click HERE to register and pay the registration fee for the 2016 Tribal Lands Forum.

Please note: Online registration for the 2016 TLEF will close on August 3. Registration after this date will need to be done onsite and will cost $125.

Agenda

We are currently accepting proposals for trainings and breakout sessions.

This year’s TLEF will feature special training on Monday, August 15; additional trainings and field trips during the morning of August 16; the opening plenary in the afternoon of August 16, which will feature a special keynote speaker; breakout sessions during August 17 and 18; and the closing plenary in the afternoon of August 18, which will also feature a special keynote speaker.

To access the current draft outline of the agenda please click here:
Link to: Draft Agenda

Session Proposal

Do you have information you want to share at the 2016 TLEF? We are now accepting breakout session and training proposals!

If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 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, and cross-media issues. The deadline for all proposals is May 6, 2016. We will contact you to let you know if your proposal has been accepted by late May. Please note that all potential presenters will need to also register for the forum using the link above.

Click HERE for the Proposal Form.

If you would also like to participate in the new Multi-Media Meetup session, please click on the Multi-Media Meetup tab.

Multi-Media Meetup

The Multi-Media Meet Up is a one-on-one interactive outreach session where participants can network, exchange ideas, and get additional information and resources from a variety of presenters. The Multi-Media Meet Up is scheduled for 10:30am-12:00pm on Wednesday, August 17th in the Uncas Ballroom. We would like to invite all of our attendees to sign up for a table to share information about the great projects and success stories your tribe or agency has been involved in.

This is an excellent opportunity for poster presentations, exhibits, and on opportunity for session presenters to highlight information outside of their presentation.

Online registration form coming soon!

Hotel Accommodations

A world at play and a world to its own, the Mohegan Sun, created in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, is one of the world’s most amazing destinations with some of New England’s finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. As a premier destination worldwide, we are excited to hold the 2016 Tribal Lands and Environment at the Mohegan Sun!

The Mohegan Sun will be establishing a special online registration page for TLEF attendees. Once this website is set up we will provide a link here. Check back soon!

The Mohegan Sun has an extremely robust sustainability mission. To view their sustainability statement, please click here:
Link to: Mohegan Sun Sustainability Statement

Travel Logistics

For those of you flying to the 2016 TLEF there are a couple of airport options for you. The Bradley International Airport (BDL) servicing the Harford, CT area has multiple carriers with connections to airports throughout the country. The BDL website may be found at: http://www.bradleyairport.com/. The T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) near Providence, RI also has multiple carriers with connections to airports throughout the country. The PVD website may be found at: http://www.pvdairport.com/. Both of these airports are about 60 miles from the Mohegan Sun, see airport shuttle information below.

Mohegan Sun airport shuttle service is available from the Bradley International and T.F. Green International Airports to the Mohegan Sun. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 888-320-4577 Ext. 2. Be sure to mention the Mohegan Sun special airport shuttle rate of $40 each way for 2016 TLEF attendees.

Vendor/Exhibitor Registration

Please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for your interest and support of the 2016 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum! This year's Forum will be held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. We will be utilizing the Convention Center at Mohegan Sun. The 2016 TLEF Vendor/Exhibitor/Fee is $135 and includes one table, two chairs, company ID sign, electric service and access to a wireless internet connection. Vendor/Exhibitor tables will be ready for set up beginning noon Monday August 15 through noon Thursday August 18. The Vendor/Exhibitor area will be in Salons D1 & D2 of the Uncas Ballroom which is the location where the daily beverage and snacks will be served.

Click HERE to reserve your space and pay the Vendor/Exhibitor Fee.

For the 2016 TLEF we are utilizing Demers Exposition Services to assist with your shipping and display needs. If you are shipping display and other materials, need to request a second table, or order display accessories click here to download the Demers Exhibitor Service Manual to make those arrangements and submit payment to Demers. Please note: You cannot ship display or other associated items directly to the Mohegan Sun, please arrange for shipping through Demers Exposition Services!

Exhibitors planning to bring their show materials with them may hand carry their exhibit items from the hotel lobby or any parking garage to the Uncas Ballroom; no mechanized equipment or 4-wheel carts are permitted through the casino. The Riverview Garage is the closest parking garage to the Convention Center. If you are unable to hand-carry your items from the parking garage, please contact Demers Exposition Services for assistance. No dock access is permitted without prior arrangements; there is a fee to access the dock area.

Vendors & Exhibitors are invited to participate in the "Multi-Media Meetup" session at no extra cost. This networking event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 from 10:30am to noon in the Uncas Ballroom. Optional: Any displays or materials will need to be moved from the vendor area to the Multi-Media Meetup session area. Additional networking with forum attendees will occur anytime during the scheduled breaks and lunches.

Please note that vendors/exhibitors are required to register and pay the TLEF registration fee by clicking on the Registration tab on the TLEF website.

Sponsorships are also available for you to support the 2016 TLEF. Promote your Business or Organization and sign up for a sponsorship!
  • Platinum Level Sponsorship ($1,000 and above) 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; and one (1) complimentary 2016 TLEF Registration.

  • Gold Level Sponsorship ($750 - $999) 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; and one (1) complimentary 2016 TLEF Registration.

  • Silver Level Sponsorship ($500 - $749) 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; and one (1) complimentary 2016 TLEF Registration.

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

Field Trip

This year’s TLEF will include a number of field trips. Some of these 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.

As usual, these fieldtrips will be limited by the size of bus we are able to secure and will be booked on a first come, first serve basis. You must register for fieldtrips in advance. Please check back often for more information on these fieldtrips and how to register.

Past TLEFs:

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

  &nbnbsp; 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