Welcome to the National Tribal Air Association!

As the NTAA Chairman, I would like to welcome you to NTAA's official website. My name is Wilfred J. Nabahe, and as Director of the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Environmental Protection Office, I represent the Tribes located within the boundaries of EPA’s Region 9 on the NTAA's Executive Committee. As NTAA's current Chairman, I work to ensure that NTAA helps to empower Tribes to protect and enhance the air that we all breathe.

The National Tribal Air Association was founded in 2002 with a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation with a mission to advance air quality management policies and programs, consistent with the needs, interests, and unique legal status of American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. Tribes are important partners with federal, state and local agencies to protect ambient air quality, indoor air quality and mitigate climate change.

NTAA's website is a great platform to find NTAA's policy analysis on air quality policies that impact Tribes, important air quality resources for Tribes, the latest air quality news and more. Welcome to NTAA!

EPA Draft Strategic Plan, FY 2018-2022
NTAA is urging all Tribes to use NTAA’s Policy Response Kit to provide comments on EPA’s Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022. Comments are due into EPA by COB on October 31, 2017. EPA’s Strategic Plan is an important management tool used by EPA to set goals and track progress towards meeting EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment. You can read EPA’s Draft Strategic Plan here.

NTAA’s PRK includes a comment letter from the NTAA’s Executive Committee and the Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center’s Steering Committee as well as a fact sheet and template letter Tribes can use to submit their own comments.

October 2, 2017 is the Trust Effective Date for the VW Settlement.
Click here to view the signed Tribal Beneficiary Trust Agreement filed with the court. For more information, please visit NTAA's VW Settlement Work Group Page

Click here to see the notice of filing with the court
As a reminder, Tribes and states each have their own separate trust each managed separately by the trustee, Wilmington Trust, N.A. The trustee will be posting a website for Tribes to access and submit forms necessary to access funds. Stand by for more information!

The NTAA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group is hosting an upcoming webinar on the topic of IAQ & Methamphetamine on Thursday, Oct 19, 2017, at 2 PM EST, 11 AM PST. We invite you to join and learn more about this ongoing problem in tribal communities and the sensitive challenges it presents for families across Indian Country. Please click here to register for the webinar. We look forward to your participation!

Status of Tribal Air Report
The NTAA Executive Committee (EC) and staff are proud to present the 2017 Status of Tribal Air Report.

NTAA Partners on Funding Letter to EPA’s Administrator Pruitt:
On Monday, April 24, 2017, NTAA submitted a joint letter on the importance of full funding for air quality programs with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, the National Tribal Caucus of EPA’s National Tribal Operations Committee and the Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center’s Steering Committee. Click here to read the letter.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us!

NTAA has released the 2017 National Indoor Air Quality Needs Assessment for Indian County: Updated and Revised Edition. You can read it here.

NTAA is currently monitoring and working on important Tribal air quality issues including:

  • The VW Settlement regarding violations of the Clean Air Act will be an important source of funding for Tribal air programs in the coming years. For the latest updates and background on this $55 million settlement for Tribes, check out: NTAA’s VW Settlement Work Group page here.

  • Indoor Air Quality
    • ​NTAA recently closed the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Needs Assessment for Indian Country. More information will be available soon!
    • NTAA has signed onto the National Radon Action Plan to assist in the effort in reducing radon risk in 5 million homes and saving 3,200 lives annually by 2020. To learn more, click here.
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