NTAA: Volkswagen Settlement


Training Materials



2018

These videos recorded the second VW Settlement training for Tribes held at the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality in Carleton, Minnesota on May 14, 2018. Click on the links to watch the videos and presentations shown during the training.

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Session 1: An Overview of the VW Settlement

Andy Bessler, Project Director for ITEP, walks through the basics of gas and diesel fuel, nitrogen dioxide, smog, and the effects of air pollution on cardiovascular health. He gives an overview on the VW scandal and the resulting settlement making funds available for both states and Tribe mitigation projects. Tribes can apply for funds to replace ten types of diesel vehicles with cleaner burning alternatives. The first round of funding has closed and the deadline for the next funding cycle is September 1, 2018.
Watch Here VW Overview
Session 2: The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Option

Lucita Valiere, EPA Lead for the Tribal DERA Program, gives a history of DERA. DERA was authorized in 2005 and provides funds for Tribal Governments and Native Villages to implement projects that reduce diesel emissions and maximize health benefits - especially in areas with poor air quality. Tribes can apply for DERA funds as one option within the VW Settlement. Lucita explains the qualifications for DERA projects and estimates the 2018 timelines based on the 2017 process.
Watch Here DERA Options
Session 3: ITEP’s Technical Assistance and Tribal Advisory Council

Mehrdad Khatibi, Director for ITEP, outlines the types of technical Assistance ITEP can provide Tribes who apply for VW funds. ITEP will work with tribes through a combination of online and in-person trainings and support. The team can help Tribes determine what vehicles are eligible to be replaced using VW funds. Mehrdad provides a high level overview of the steps and forms required in the application process. He touches on lessons learned during round one, and concludes with details on the Tribal Advisory Council.
Watch Here Technical Assistance
Session 5: Trustee Update

David Vanaskey and Russell Crane from the Wilmington Trust, N. A., describe the role of the Trust in managing the mitigation funds between VW and approved projects. Appointed under the Trust Agreement, the Wilmington Trust provides transparent records, accounting, investing and management of the mitigation funds. This includes the handling of all tax procedures required in association with the funds. All records can be accessed through their online portal. Russ walks through the process for allocating and distributing funds, detailing the three forms required in order for funds to be disbursed to Tribal beneficiaries.
Watch Here Trustee Update
Session 6: State of Minnesota’s perspective on the VW Settlement

Mike Nelson, Project Coordinator for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, discusses how the state of Minnesota drew on public input to create a process for the VW funds that were awarded to the state. The team began by identifying key concerns from constituents across the state. They then created project categories that reflected those concerns. From this, they created three rounds of funding cycles. Additionally, they included a focus on applications from areas that are disproportionately affected by air quality issues.
Watch Here State of Minnesota
Session 7: Panel Discussion: Tribal Feedback about First Round of Funding

Dave Messier, Tanana Chiefs Council, describes the highs and lows of the VW application process during round one. Joined by Joe Cebe of Forest County Potawatomi, they offer tips and lessons learned for Tribes applying for future rounds of funding.
Watch Here Messier slides

2017

These videos recorded the first VW Settlement training for Tribes held at the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality in Tucson, Arizona on May 8, 2017. Click on the links to watch the videos and presentations shown during the training.

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Introductions & NTAA

Part one of the VW Settlement Training for Tribes on May 1, 2017 at the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality.
Watch Here Agenda for the VW Settlement training at NTFAQ

Bessler_NTAAandVWBackground
Intro, NTAA & DOJ

Part two of the VW Settlement Training for Tribes on May 1, 2017 at the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality.
Watch Here DOJ VW Settlement Presentation
DOJ Presentation

Part three of the VW Settlement Training for Tribes on May 1, 2017 at the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality.
Watch Here DOJ VW Settlement Presentation
EPA Part 1

Part four of the VW Settlement Training for Tribes on May 1, 2017 at the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality.
Watch Here 2011 DERA-Makah Work Plan Narrative Final 9-21-11

Grants Process (NTFAQ May 2017)

2017 Q3 EPA DERA Report

Makah Phase I Final Report

DERA and VW_NTF17

Makah_DERA Program

Examples of medium and heavy duty trucks

VW-DERA Tribal Timeline 050117
EPA Part 2

Part five of the VW Settlement Training for Tribes on May 1, 2017 at the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality.
Watch Here 2011 DERA-Makah Work Plan Narrative Final 9-21-11

Grants Process (NTFAQ May 2017)

2017 Q3 EPA DERA Report

Makah Phase I Final Report

DERA and VW_NTF17

Makah_DERA Program

Examples of medium and heavy duty trucks

VW-DERA Tribal Timeline 050117

NASEO VW Presentation
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