Virgil Masayesva Memorial:


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Virgil Masayesva Memorial

Tribal Air Programs Excellence Award

Nominations are now open for the Virgil Masayesva Tribal Air Programs Excellence Award!
Tribal environmental professionals, tribal programs, and environmental professionals in consortia, universities or other areas who have excelled in air quality protection efforts in Indian country. EPA, TAMS, and ITEP staff are ineligible for this award.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is February 22, 2019.

Online nomination:
2019 Nomination Form

Purpose: Virgil Masayesva was the Director of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University from its inception until his passing in 2005. Virgil is commemorated for his leadership, dedication, innovation and commitment to the support of tribal air programs; their creation, development, advancement and ultimate success in promoting tribal sovereignty, tribal culture and tribal environmental protection. This award was developed to recognize and perpetuate continuing contributions to that legacy.

What: To recognize, memorialize and promote outstanding accomplishments, dedication and contributions to the advancement of human health and environmental protection in Indian country particularly as they relate to the improvement of air quality management. At this time, the award recognizes individuals and tribes that have shown exceptional dedication and accomplishment in advancing the interests of tribal air programs. Who is eligible: Tribal environmental professionals, tribal programs, and environmental professionals in consortia, universities or other areas who have excelled in air quality protection efforts in Indian country. EPA, TAMS and ITEP staff are ineligible for this award.

Criteria for eligibility: The following criteria are suggested achievements which can be used to determine if nominees’ actions are likely to qualify for this award:
Application / nomination Process: Open and can self nominate. Nominations must be submitted at least seven days prior to the spring meeting of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee may alter deadlines should circumstances warrant. Nominations must describe the accomplishments and how they apply to one of the categories listed below. Judging and selection can only be based on information provided in the nomination, so all supporting information and documentation must be included.

Selection Process: Nominations for the Award are reviewed and selected by the voting members of the TAMS Center Steering Committee. Selection of nominees to be presented with the Award is the sole discretion of the Steering Committee. If the Steering Committee finds that nominees do not reach the standard of excellence required for the Award, they may choose to withhold the Award until the next nomination cycle. Should adequate nominations be available, one award will be presented in each of the available categories.

Categories: The following categories are available for nominations for this award. Nominations must address one of the categories of Technical Excellence; Tribal Program Development; or Policy Development. The descriptions are intended as guidelines, not requirements for eligibility. Nominees may compete in multiple categories, but may only win in one category per year.

Technical Excellence – Recognition of outstanding technical effort in monitoring, risk assessment, modeling, or other technical activities. Tribal Program Development – Recognition of outstanding efforts in developing tribal program components, including training, tools, communications, capacity building, TAS, Tribal regulations or codes, strategic planning and other programmatic activities. Policy Development – Recognition of outstanding efforts to participate in and affect policies and actions that support or enhance air quality protection in Indian country.

Virgil Masayesva was the Director of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University from it's inception until his passing in 2005. Virgil is commemorated for his leadership, dedication, innovation and commitment to the support of tribal air programs; their creation, development, advancement and ultimate success in promoting tribal sovereignty, tribal culture and tribal environmental protection. This award was developed to recognize and perpetuate continuing contributions to that legacy.

2017



Jason Walker, Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation - Policy Development Excellence.
Northern Cheyenne Tribe Air Quality Division – Tribal Program Development

2015



Randy Ashley, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes - Technical Excellence.
Dan Blair, Gila River Indian Community - Tribal Program Development

2013



Syndi Smallwood, Pechanga Band of Lusefio Indians - Policy Development Excellence

2011



Navajo Nation EPA Radon Program – Tribal Program Development.
Joy Wiecks, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa - Policy Development Excellence

2009



Forest County Potawatomi Community Air Resource Program.
Special Certificate given to Jeff Crawförd, Attorney General, Forest Co Potawatomi Community

2007



Southern Ute Indian Tribal Air Quality Program
Roxanne Ellingson (Photo not available), Walker River Paiute Tribe

2016



Rosalie Kalistook, Orutsararmiut Native Council, Policy Development Excellence
Angela Benedict, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe - Tribal Program Development

2014



Delbert Altaha, White Mountain Apache Tribe - Tribal Program Development

2012



Brandy Toft, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - Tribal Program & Policy Development

2010



Toni Richards, Bishop Paiute Tribe

2008



Dwayne Beavers (for former work with Cherokee Nation Environment Program)
Nez Perce Tribal Air Quality Program

For more information contact: Darlene Santos at Darlene.Santos@nau.edu.