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!

VW Settlement Finalized For Court Approval: $55 Million Expected To Be Available to Tribes Soon
On Wednesday, September 6, 2017 the final VW Settlement Trust Agreement was made public and submitted to Federal District Court Judge Breyer for approval that will set into motion the VW Settlement for Tribes. If and when Judge Breyer approves the settlement, his approval will set the Trust Effective Date (TED). The TED starts a 90-day clock for Tribes to submit their Beneficiary Claims and Environmental Mitigation Plans for funding to the trustee. The $55 million settlement will be available to Tribes for the next 10 years. You can learn more about NTAA's VW Settlement Work Group by clicking here, or find the full court motion, trust agreement and template forms Tribes must fill out to gain access to the Settlement by clicking here

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

The 2017 STAR provides a broad overview of Tribal air quality issues facing Tribes across the country, on a wide variety of topics, including:
  • A NTAA Briefing for the Current Administration on Tribal Air Quality Programs
  • Why Tribal Air Programs Matter to Public Health
  • Tribal Stories in Successfully Managing Air Quality and Climate Change Effects
  • Stories of Tribal Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change Impacts
  • Tribal Engagement in the VW Settlement to Mitigate Diesel Emissions
  • NTAA’s National Needs Assessment of Indoor Air Quality for Indian Country

The STAR’s Appendices include:
  • NTAA Tribal Air Quality Budget Analysis
  • List of NTAA Member Tribes
  • U.S. EPA OAR and OITA Organizational Charts
  • Data Tables of Tribal Air Quality Programs

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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