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National Tribal Forum on Air Quality

National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF)

Hosted by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

MAY 14-17, 2018
Black Bear Casino Resort
Carlton, Minnesota


The NTF provides environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, and 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 for NTF agenda. [pdf]

Click HERE to submit your registration for the NTF. See the "Scholarship" tab to request a scholarship (registration included). (If the registration link does not open, please try a different web browser; Google Chrome is recommended.)

ITEP & NTAA would like to thank the following sponsors for generous support:

Platinum-Level Sponsor: Tribal Administrative Services, LLC


Gold-Level Sponsor: Agilaire


Gold-Level Sponsor: ambilabs


Gold-Level Sponsor: EGR, Inc.


Gold-Level Sponsor: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)


Silver-Level Sponsor: Lakes Environmental


Silver-Level Sponsor: Blue Bird / Roush Clean Tech


Silver-Level Sponsor: Clean Fleet Advocates


Silver-Level Sponsor: ESC


Silver-Level Sponsor: Permits Pro


Conference Registration:

Registration:

Click HERE to submit your registration for the NTF. See the "Scholarship" tab to request a scholarship (registration included). (If the registration link does not open, please try a different web browser; Google Chrome is recommended.)

  • $75/person registration fee (applies to all attendees who do not otherwise receive travel support from ITEP/NTAA*).
  • Fees may be paid online by credit card or e-check at the time of registration; check, cash and credit card payments accepted on-site at time of check-in.
  • Registration fees may be refunded in the event of a cancellation according to these Refund Policy.
  • *Registration Fees are waived for the following: Host Tribe Members and Employees, Scholarship Recipients, NTAA Executive Committee, TAMS Steering Committee, and Event Sponsors.

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 soon for updates).

TRAINING SESSIONS - MONDAY, MAY 14

Session #1: VW Settlement Workshop: Monday, May 14, 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 tribes 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. Trainers from EPA, DOJ and ITEP will provide the most recent updates on the VW Settlement from the first round of funding for Tribes. 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 Andy.Bessler@nau.edu.

   Registration for the VW Settlement Workshop is available HERE

Session #2: Radon Technical Workshop: Monday May 14, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
This full-day training will consist of classroom lectures, sharing of tribal experiences and hands-on practices addressing radon in tribal structures with a focus on new construction. Tribal environmental, housing, and other staff involved in construction/maintenance of tribal buildings are the main audience but all are invited to attend. Knowledge, fun and humor will be shared along with hands-on practices related to radon risk reduction. Towards the end of the day, we will host the first NTF Radon Olympics; a guaranteed means fun and frivolity. Please join us as we learn by doing and having a little bit of fun along the way. Certificates of Completion will be provided to attendees who complete the entire session. Session registration is required. For more information, contact Brandy Toft (air@lldrm.org or 218-335-7429).

   Registration for the Radon Workshop session is available HERE

Session #3: Introduction to Treatment as a State (TAS) for Air Quality, Monday May 14, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
During this session, you will learn about the basics of the TAS process and the tools and resources that are available to tribes. In this interactive session, you will hear from 2 tribes and their experiences with the TAS process. You will be able to talk about your tribe’s interest in TAS and receive feedback on any issues you may have encountered. Session registration is required. For more information, contact Chappell.Regina@epa.gov.

   Registration for the TAS Session is available HERE

Session #4: Air Sensors Workshop: Monday May 14, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
This half-day session will focus on the use and applicability of low cost air sensors. Presentations, case studies, sensor and software demonstrations will be showcased by knowledgeable and experienced tribal, EPA, and industry professionals. A hands-on lab during the second half of the session will allow folks to handle the sensors, learn about their software, and see how data is collected, displayed, and analyzed. Learn about the uses, costs, limitations and future of air sensors and become familiar with their potential use in your community. Session registration is required. For more information, contact Payne.JamesJ@epa.gov.

   Registration for the Air Sensors Workshop is available HERE

Session #5: Air Quality Grants Workshop: Monday May 14, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
This interactive learning experience focuses on the process of applying, receiving and reporting on 103/105 grants. It is intended to provide Tribes a better understanding of the nuanced world of STAG grant programs and how to optimize opportunities for funding. Much of the discussion will also be applicable to IGAP. Session registration is required. For more information, contact Patricia.Ellsworth@nau.edu.

   Registration for the Air Quality Grants Session is available HERE

Session #6: Communicating Climate Change: Monday May 14, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
This workshop will help Tribal Utility and Environmental Programs tell a better story and deliver a stronger message about the importance of understanding and responding to climate change. Participants will learn and practice new techniques and approaches to presenting difficult and often frightening concepts. This workshop is designed to: a) improve participant's ability to turn dry numbers and facts into a compelling story, and b) help attendees create the key elements of an effective messaging campaign so they can build their story and take it to the Tribal Community and Council. Session registration is required. For more information, contact Nikki.Cooley@nau.edu.

   Registration for the Communicating Climate Session is available HERE

NTAA MEETING - TUESDAY, MAY 15
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 15. 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 online!

Scholarship Request:

  • The deadline to request a scholarship is March 16, 2018.
  • Submission of the scholarship request form also submits the registration for conference, however, the registration fee will be waived if scholarship is awarded.
  • Scholarship awards will be issued by reimbursement AFTER the conference to help cover eligible expenses including airfare, mileage, and meals. Awards are limited to the following and may not cover all expenses: up to $800.00 for tribes from the Lower 48, and up to $1200.00 for Alaska Native Villages. Lodging costs will be paid by ITEP separately.
  • Scholarship recipients will also have up to 5 nights (Sunday 5/11-Thursday 5/17) lodging pre-paid; reservations will be made by ITEP.
  • Optional sessions (May 14) are covered by the scholarship but participation is not required.
  • Scholarship recipients must attend the full conference (unless otherwise approved) and submit a summary conference report in order to receive reimbursement.

Presenters:

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:
Topics should be related to air quality, climate change, indoor environments, and incorporate information relevant to tribal audiences. Travel support may be available, but funds are limited; the deadline to request travel assistance is March 16, 2018. Requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed, and will be considered 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 even better by your participation!

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

Hotel:

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 last-minute 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 Black Bear Casino Resort, located at 1785 Highway 210, Carlton, Minnesota. The group’s lodging rate is $68.00/night, and is available until April 29, 2018, or until group block has filled. Due to limited availability, it is strongly recommended that you make hotel reservations as early as possible.

Reserve your room: Contact the Hotel Reservation line at 1-888-771-0777 and request booking under the "National Tribal Forum on Air Quality" group block. A credit card will be required at time of booking to secure the room reservation.

Click HERE to see other lodging options in the vicinity.

Logistics:

Air Travel:
Airport Shuttles:
**We are currently working to confirm shuttle options from the Duluth Airport, please check back soon!** Conference Parking:
The Black Bear Casino 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.

Requests for exhibitor spaces are no longer being accepted at this time. Thank you!

Sponsorship Levels*:

Platinum* ($2,000) - ONlY TWO 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.* **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 $100!*

Click HERE for the ITEP Conference Exhibitor Terms & Conditions. [pdf]

* All exhibitor spaces include: 6-foot skirted table, 2 chairs, standard power hook-up, waste basket. Additional display needs and audio-visual equipment 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 through Thursday, 7 am am-6 pm.

Past NTFs:

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

2017 NTF: Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Tucson, AZ
May 1-4, 2017
    Click HERE for conference presentations.

    Click HERE for conference images.

    Click HERE for conference program.

2016 NTF: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe & Seneca Nation of Indians
Niagara Falls, NY
May 17-19, 2016
    Click HERE for conference presentations.

    Click HERE for conference images.

    Click HERE for conference program.

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
NAU - ITEP
928/523-6887
Lydia.Scheer@nau.edu
Andy Bessler, Project Director
National Tribal Air Association - NAU
928/523-0526
Andy.Bessler@nau.edu