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2020 Tribal Lands & Environment Forum

This year marks the eleventh anniversary of ITEP’s Tribal Waste and Response Assistance Program, and we are excited to offer the 10th annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum (TLEF). This year’s forum will be taking place at the Wisconsin Center (official event facility) and Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel (official event housing offering reduced group rate) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 17-20, 2020.

This year’s TLEF will feature special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on the conference theme: A National Conversation on Tribal Waste and Response Strategies. Topics highlighted at the TLEF will include solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund sites, emergency response and cross-media issues. Plenty of networking opportunities will also be offered, making this a terrific event for tribal professionals, federal staff, nonprofit and industry personnel, and students of environmental sciences and Native American Studies, to connect with their colleagues who are also protecting the environment and their communities.

On this website you will find information on Forum registration, submitting session/presentation proposals, hotel reservations, airport and transportation needs, sponsorship packages, artisan and exhibitor selections, Multi-Media Meetup networking and learning opportunity, travel scholarships, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), contact information, and the TLEF draft program and official mobile application download information. You may also access presentations and agendas from past forums.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director


Online registration is $175 for the 2020 TLEF and will close on Monday, July 27. After July 27 registration can only be completed onsite – for an additional $50 fee. Please take note that registration onsite will increase to $225 onsite/in-person registration.

Everyone attending the 2020 TLEF, including presenters, committee members, staff, tribal staff and affiliates, scholarship recipients, and exhibitor representatives, will need to complete the online registration process. Registering in advance through the online form is also highly encouraged in order to be able to participate in the mobile application and access the program before the conference.

A request for a travel Scholarship is part of the registration form. We suggest reviewing the information located on the "Travel Scholarship" tab before beginning the registration process.

Links to Online Forms, Deadlines Document and Refund Policy Document:

2020 Deadline:
  • Cancellation/Refund Deadline: Monday, July 27
  • Online Registration Cut Off: Monday, July 27*
  • Substitution Deadline: Monday, July 27**
  • Onsite Registration Fee (increased): $225
*All participants, including, but not limited to speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, committee members, staff and sponsors who plan on attending the conference must register in the registration form. **Substitution is encouraged by this date for accurate onsite records.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director

Travel Scholarship

ITEP offers a limited number of scholarships each year to federally recognized tribal professionals to supplement the costs of attending the conference. Please see the information listed below on how to be considered.

Scholarship Travel Information
For each person awarded a travel scholarship, ITEP will cover up to one (1) hotel room, plus taxes, for a maximum of five (5) nights.

  • Hotel One hotel room, plus taxes, and no incidentals (hotel and tax will only be paid for by the host; all other charges will be your responsibility – some examples not included in the scholarship are, but not limited to: room service, laundry services, bell desk, and porters will NOT be covered by the scholarship).
    • A reservation will be made for you by an ITEP staff member after you have provided information by July 20. No lodging reservations will be made after this deadline for scholarships recipients. Lodging for business travel may ONLY be from Sunday, August 16 with check out by Friday, August 21, 2020.
    • Important: Upon check-in at the hotel, you will be required to provide a credit or debit card to have access to the room.
  • Per Diem and Travel Costs: If awarded a scholarship, it will only cover lodging costs. Travel and per diem expenses are the responsibility of the attendee.

2020 Timeline
  • Deadline for travel scholarship submission through registration: Friday, June 5
  • Notification of award: Friday, June 12
  • Completion of Online Acceptance Form: Monday, June 29*

* In the event you do not respond to the award notification email that you receive from ITEP indicating your arrival/departure dates by 5:00pm Mountain Time, June 29, 2020, your travel scholarship request may be cancelled and provided to someone on the wait list.

Guidelines and Instructions
In order to indicate your interest in a travel scholarship, check the button regarding if you would like to be considered for a scholarship or not when you register for the conference.

Please note to be considered, you:
  • must pay full advance Forum registration fees by the Friday, June 12 notification deadline,
  • must be an employee of a federally recognized tribe,
  • and comply with and complete all necessary communication and forms.

When you are accepted for a travel scholarship, we will send you an email announcement of the award. Your next step to ITEP will be to complete an online form with your acceptance and estimated travel plans. When planning your travel and arrival/departure dates, be advised that these dates must fall within the TLEF hotel room block dates; Sunday, August 16 through Friday, August 21. You will be financially responsible for any hotel nights that you request outside of the TLEF room block dates noted above and will need to communicate your extension with the hotel directly. Should you request to arrive on Sunday, August 16, you will be expected to attend bonus educational trainings or field trips on Monday, August 17. Hotel information is located on the "Travel" tab. Please note that the hotel is a smoke-free facility.

  • Online Registration Form, including Scholarship Request - Available soon!
*Please note that you will be expected to pay before Friday, June 12 in order to be accepted to receive a scholarship.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director

Presentation Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for presentations at the 2020 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum. Topics we would like to highlight at the TLEF include solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund, emergency response, and multi-media subjects (including emerging technologies, climate change, and subjects addressing multiple environmental media).

2020 Timeline
  • Proposal Submissions: Friday, May 8
  • Letter of Notification from ITEP: Friday, May 22
  • Program Published Online: Monday, June 1
  • Presentation Submission via Dropbox: Wednesday, August 12

Please note that all presenters who plan on attending the conference will need to also register for the forum. Online registration is available via the "Registration" Tab.

Information to Prepare for Submission:
  • Bio: submit a short bio for each presenter included in your proposal (this will be included in the mobile application ONLY)
  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Description: somewhere between 4-6 sentences for posting and using in the printed program and in the mobile app. Consider: Who is your desired audience? What do you plan to discuss or share with attendees? What will attendees learn or accomplish as a result of your session? How will this session help meet the goals of the conference? Will attendees at your session have access to additional resources by attending this session?
  • Audiovisual Needs
  • General Set up (e.g., classroom, rounds, panel discussion with/moderator, etc.)

Presenter Responsibility and Guidelines:
  • Presenters are responsible for travel and lodging accommodations and other associated costs for this conference. The lodging costs could potentially be covered if selected for a scholarship. You may indicate your need for a scholarship through the registration form.
  • Provide all requested information to conference organizers regarding presentation details, contact, and travel information by the deadlines posted and in the format requested.
  • Complete the online registration form for the event after notification of acceptance, before the posted deadline. There is a link on the website at
  • Bring electronic backup copies of presentation materials to the event.
  • Presenters are responsible for adding their presentation to the TLEF Dropbox folder no later than Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
  • Presenters must use the file naming convention they will be provided with by ITEP upon acceptance of their submission.
  • Refrain from disparaging or negative comments about other organizations, agencies, businesses, or individuals – please keep comments constructive and productive.
  • Refrain from providing comments that promote or endorse a particular product, company or service. Sales pitches or presentation of information during a presentation or session that serves as a comparison of products or services or implies endorsement of products or services will result in removal of the business or entity responsible from all conference sessions and event materials. All discussions related to specific products or services should be restricted to the Exhibitor area.
  • Refrain from including any content that discriminates on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and/or disability.
  • Ensure all presentation materials are free of copyright restrictions or sensitive/restricted information. The conference hosts are not responsible for issues related to copyright violations or sharing of restricted information.
  • Communicate with conference organizers regarding any requests to change details of presentation or session.

Online Submission Form
  • Presenter Proposal Application - Available soon!
*Please note that this is a request to present. All presentation proposals will be reviewed, and you will receive an acceptance letter on or by Wednesday, May 27.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director

Multi-Media Meetup

The Multi-Media Meetup session during the TLEF is a networking opportunity to share information and interact with TLEF attendees. This opportunity is for many, including exhibitors and presenters, who would like to reserve a table/space at the MMM. Applications are due June 25 and letters of acceptance will be sent out during the week of June 29. There is no cost to participate, however, you must complete an application to reserve a space, as well as be selected to participate.

This special session is an excellent opportunity for:
  • Tribal professionals to highlight their work, sharing their successes with, and garnering feedback from other attendees;
  • Representatives from various agencies, industries, and organizations to share information on the pro-bono services and resources they provide to tribal professionals and tribes;
  • Researchers and students to provide information on studies and projects they are involved in with other attendees.

The Multi-Media Meetup will take place during the TLEF, on Wednesday, August 19, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Display tables are free to all attendees that are interested in sharing information during the Multi-Media Meetup and the deadline to apply is June 25, 2020 (see link to the application form below).

Participants are encouraged to display materials that discuss unique projects, original research, innovative technologies, or other subjects related to solid waste, hazardous waste, UST/LUST, Superfund, brownfields, emergency response, and cross-media topics. This session is free to all participants – there are no charges for display tables. ITEP will provide a 6-foot table, chairs, and a limited number of presentation easels, poster board, tape and accessories for your use. No power or laptop/projector will be available or provided by ITEP. Please feel free to bring your own table coverings, dazzling displays or artwork, and/or other items you wish; just be aware that whatever you bring has to fit in front of, on top of, or behind your table. Additionally, feel free to have an open set up and not have a table if desired – indicate any requests in the application. The more you can engage the TLEF attendees the better!

Forum sponsors are not responsible for issues related to copyright or culturally sensitive information. Participants are responsible for shipping and setup/breakdown of all materials before, during and after the session. Any items left behind will be discarded accordingly.

You must complete an application in order to be considered for a space. This is an application to participate only, and you will receive a confirmation of acceptance and instructions if you have been selected by or during the week of June 29.

Online Submission Form
  • Multi-Media Meetup Application - Available soon!
2020 Important Dates:
  • MMM Application Deadline: Friday, June 25
  • Acceptance Letters: Week of June 29
  • Multi-Media Meetup: Wednesday, August 19, 3:30-5:00pm

Multi-Media Meetup Onsite Schedule: Wednesday, August 19, 3:30-5:00 pm*
*Set up will be earlier in the day on Wednesday, August 19. Instructions will be sent with your acceptance letter. You must have been accepted to participate. Thank you.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director


The 2020 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum (TLEF) is sponsored by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Tribal Waste and Response Steering Committee, and the USEPA Office of Land and Emergency Management. This is the 10th TLEF, and every year there is an increase in tribal environmental professionals’ participation representing tribes across the US and Alaska Native Villages. We anticipate as many as 500 attendees at the 2020 TLEF and are inviting sponsors and exhibitors to help with the continued success of this event!

2020 Deadlines:
  • Sponsorship and Advertisement Payment Deadline: Thursday, June 25
  • Exhibitor and Artisan Application/Payment Deadline: Thursday, June 25*

* Payment due upon approval or by deadline

General Exhibit Set up/Tear Down Schedule
Exhibit spaces will be ready for set up Monday, August 17 starting at 1:00 – 4:00pm through Tuesday, August 18, 9:00am – 11:30am ONLY. Exhibitors will breakdown during the hours of Wednesday, August 19 5:00pm – 7:00pm after the poster session/close of the day. ITEP requests that exhibitors do not break down or leave before the scheduled exit time without prior approval.

General Conference Schedule*:
  • Monday, August 17 – Set up day; in-depth trainings, field trips and activities will be going on throughout the day; sponsor reception in evening 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 18 – Morning setup (if not set up previous day); morning field trips; breaks in exhibit areas for foot traffic all day; half day trainings and plenary/official start after lunch
  • Wednesday, August 19 – Breaks in exhibit areas for foot traffic most of the day; poster session in late afternoon 3:30-5:00pm; and all exhibit tear down by Wednesday at 7:00pm

*More details will be sent in a logistics letter 45-60 days from the conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities
ITEP hopes you find the opportunities below valuable to your organization; however, should none of the packages meet your needs, please contact ITEP with ideas or solutions unique to your needs, along with an estimated sponsorship donation to the event, for review. Your ITEP representative is available at

Sponsorship over Table Participation
When elevating your participation and support to a sponsorship level, you will receive the following as a sponsor, in addition to having a prominent exhibit space:
  1. Exhibit area: 10x10 pipe and drape tradeshow booth (8’ high, 3’ sides, 8’ table inside/pipe and drape)
  2. Contact information for those registered participants who elected to share their information to receive news, announcements, invitations to schedule meetings onsite, as well as offers and promotions from sponsor organizations
  3. Marketing space in the official conference mobile application (see below for details on specific packages)
  4. Logo prominently displayed at the welcome sponsor reception*
  5. Verbal recognition at the sponsor reception
  6. Logo prominently displayed on thank you digital slide at final plenary session
  7. Logo prominently displayed on the opening/wait time slide at the annual award celebration
  8. Minimum of three (3) registrations for the conference (see below for details on specific packages; increases as sponsorship level increases)

*Brand new this year! The sponsor welcome reception on Monday 4:30pm-6:30pm will provide an informal atmosphere to network with attendees. This will be a great opportunity to meet attendees at the beginning of the event and build on those relationships throughout the conference.

Sponsor organizations are encouraged to play games at tables, provide opportunities for raffle prizes (such as giveaway wheels, business card raffles, etc.). The Platinum Sponsor (limited to 1!) will be provided the opportunity to raffle a giveaway from the microphone and shortly address the audience. The reception is to highlight sponsors only and is scheduled to be in a private outdoor area on the lawn at the host hotel.

Sponsorship Fee, with Explanation of Benefits
Type Cost Registration* Mobile App Marketing Sponsor Welcome Reception
Platinum (1 available) $5,000 8 people Home Screen Banner and Detailed Sponsor Profile Main Reception Sponsor; Banner or sign placement (must be provided by sponsor and will discuss options on placement); Raffle Giveaway from the Mic (must be provided by sponsor and script reviewed by committee); Representatives at tables near the door; in addition to Gold and Silver
Gold (2 available) $2,750 5 people Daily Sponsored Posts and Detailed Sponsor Profile Staff volunteer to work the reception door and giveaway (must be provided by sponsor and approved in advance); in addition to Silver
Silver (4 available) $1,800 3 people Thank you Push Notification Pamphlets, pens, buttons or brochures on tables (must be provided by sponsor and approved in advance)

Please contact ITEP if you are interested in sponsoring any of the additional opportunities, or others, at 928-523-5680 or
  • Sustainability Badge Sponsor (recyclable materials and sustainable lanyard), your company logo on the lanyard provided to all attendees
  • Cultural Performance Sponsor, with Introduction and host
  • RSVP Breakfast Sponsor with ability to engage with audience and host
  • RSVP Lunch Sponsor with ability to engage with audience and host
  • RSVP Night Activity Sponsor with ability to engage with audience and host
  • Keynote Speaker, with Introduction
  • Audiovisual Sponsor, with your logo included on workshop/breakout room welcome slides
  • Scholarship Sponsor – sponsor attendees’ registration for the conference
  • Carbon Offset Donation in ITEP’s name
  • Donation from Tribal Nation to ITEP/TLEF, with listing as a conference supporter in marketing materials and on the thank you slide for the closing

New! ITEP is now offering a mobile application to all registered attendees at the TLEF this year. All exhibitors need to provide a description to include in the mobile application in the online form in order to be included. The Committee reserves the right to edit, alter, update, or exclude descriptions if not provided.

For-Profit Exhibitor Fee: $850
Package includes one (1) complimentary current year TLEF registration, one 8’ table (or other table such as a hi-top/reception), two chairs, waste basket, basic power and basic facility free WiFi access. You are required to stay within a 10x10 footprint. Please do not bring a canopy or tables with you.

Artisan Fee: $500
Package includes one (1) complimentary current year TLEF registration, one 8’ table (or other table such as a hi-top/reception), two chairs, waste basket, basic power and basic facility free WiFi access. You are required to stay within a 10x10 footprint. Please do not bring a canopy or tables with you.

Schedule Note: Artisans may stay through Friday and tear down no later than 5pm on August 21, 2020. Should you plan on staying through Friday, please notify ITEP at

There are a limited number of artisan tables available. ITEP reserves the right to offer a variety of art and hand-made crafts; furthermore, artisan tables are first-come, first-served and some applications may not be accepted if artwork or products are too similar. This is in consideration for artists as well as participants. A representative may follow up regarding more details about your product. Please send pictures of your table and materials to: Materials for your table must be hand-made, hand-crafted artisan items, or be materials used to create arts and crafts. Please do not bring purchased/commercially-made items to sale.

Non-Profit Exhibitor Fee: $465
Package includes one (1) complimentary current year TLEF registration, one 8’ table (or other table such as a hi-top/reception), two chairs, waste basket, basic power and basic facility free WiFi access. You are required to stay within a 10x10 footprint. Please do not bring a canopy or tables with you.

Additional Furniture, Equipment, and Accessories; Security and Exhibitor Guidelines
Additional furniture, draping, accessories, and/or decorations are the sole responsibility of the exhibitor and should be approved in advance by the conference organizers. All booth equipment and accessories must follow the standards established by the Fire Marshall. Additionally, there will be no pipe and drape, and no wall for banners or signs to hang.

Exhibitor Guidelines and Expected Behavior
To read the exhibitor terms and conditions, please download the exhibitor policy document

Additionally, please note we expect all partners involved with the conference to share ancillary events. There are multiple reasons for sharing events you are planning in conjunction with ITEP; for example, 1) for exploration of possible further co-host sponsor opportunities or 2) to avoid conflict with regularly scheduled conference activities. This will also help our volunteers stay informed at help desks when answering attendee questions. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please note in the exhibitor policy document linked above that specify security for exhibit or artisan tables is not included at the event other than the general security provided on the premise.

Multi-Media Meetup (MMM) Participation
Any organization who wishes to participate in the MMM will need to visit the MMM tab on this webpage and complete the specified online application for that activity separately from the Exhibitor/Sponsor online application.


A lodging room or travel is not included in the fees. Select the "Travel" tab on the website for information on reserving a lodging room at the at a rate of $145.13. A lodging room or travel is not included in the registration fee.

Shipping and receiving of any materials to the event is the responsibility of the recipient; prompt removal of all materials, including shipping cartons, is expected by the specified deadline. Shipping information will be provided to confirmed exhibitors and is available upon request.

Questions about Payment, Registration, Options, or General?
Please contact Julie Tieman, Event Coordinator, Senior at or 928-523-5680 for more information.


We are currently accepting proposals for trainings and breakout sessions. We appreciate your interest in the program, and we will update this page with the 2020 TLEF agenda, which will be available in June.

This year’s TLEF will feature special trainings on Monday, August 17; additional trainings and field trips during the morning of August 18; the opening plenary in the afternoon of August 18, which will feature a special keynote speaker or panel of speakers; Multi-Media Meetup networking event in the afternoon of August 19; breakout sessions during August 18, 19 and 20; and the closing plenary in the afternoon of August 20, which will also feature a special keynote speaker.

To access an abbreviated agenda for your travel arrangements please download the document below:

A full agenda will be posted in June.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director

Field Trips

Field trips are an integral part of every TLEF, so attendees can visit tribal operations and other sites highlighting land and water issues. ITEP works with local tribes and other entities to secure interesting and relevant field trips.

This year we will be offering several all-day field trips on Monday, August 17, as well as half-day field trips in the morning of Tuesday, August 18. We are currently working with Tribes in the area, as well as the City of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, on some terrific site visits covering Superfund, brownfields, USTs, and solid waste issues.

Schedule and Sign Ups
Some of the field trips will be associated with trainings offered on Monday, while others will be open to general conference participants. Field trips are generally limited by the size of vehicle available as well as at the request of the site host, and will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for field trips and receive a confirmation to participate in advance. Please bring your confirmation to the Forum, in the event there are any questions.

Please visit this page again for more details regarding the schedule and how to register.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director


Hotel Accommodations
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center (official host hotel with a reduced group rate at GSA), where the TLEF will be held, is offering a reduced group rate of $145.13 (fees and tax included).

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Check In: 3:00 pm
Check Out: Noon
Parking: Reduced rate of $20 for our group (reduced from $28/day)
Phone: 414-271-7250
Maps and Directions:

Did you receive a scholarship from ITEP? Please do not contact the hotel directly to book your lodging room. Lodging arrangements will be made for you by an ITEP representative. You may contact the hotel regarding allergies, room type change, upgrades (at your expense), last-minute room cancellation (and copy ITEP on the cancellation notice) after you receive your room confirmation by email through the hotel. The confirmation will be sent to the email entered into your individual registration and copied to no one else, so please ensure you review your emails for a confirmation from the River Spirit Resort. Eligible recipients include general scholarship recipients and TWAR Steering Committee members.

Group rooms are subject to availability as the block was booked based on previous group attendance numbers. You MUST book a room by the deadline of July 28, 2020 in order to receive the reduced group rate of $145.13. (Rates and rooms are subject to availability.)

Phone Hotel Reservations: 414-935-5940 and identify: Tribal Lands and Environment Forum as the group

If you have an issue booking a room earlier than the cutoff date of July 28, please send an email to with "Lodging" in the subject line to notify a representative.

Airport Transportation

Airport Shuttle
There is no specific airport shuttle provided by the hotel for airport transfers.

Traveling by Air
Milwaukee Airport (MKE) is the primary airport in Milwaukee. It is located 5 miles (8 km) south of downtown Milwaukee, in the state of Wisconsin.

American Airlines and Delta have both offered travel discounts for travel arriving and departing from the Milwaukee Airport (MKE). For more information about discount codes, please see your registration confirmation.

Supershuttle offers AAA Member discounts of 10%. To Redeem the AAA Discount: When booking SuperShuttle or ExecuCar reservations, AAA members should have their 16-digit AAA member number ready along with their billing zip code. Please be sure the billing zip code matches the zip code tied to the AAA member account. Once entered, the 10% discount will be automatically applied. AAA members can call 1 (855)-855-1120 for reservations and assistance.

Visiting Milwaukee

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director

General Conference Information

What is the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum?
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, the Tribal Waste and Response Steering Committee (TWAR SC), and USEPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) host the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum annually. This year’s TLEF will feature special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on our conference theme: A National Conversation on Tribal Waste and Response Strategies. Topics highlighted at the TLEF include solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund sites, emergency response, as well as cross-media issues. This is a great opportunity for tribal professionals, federal staff, personnel from universities, nonprofits, industry, and other groups, as well as college students studying environmental science and American Indian Studies.

When and where is the 10th Annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum?
This year’s Tribal Lands and Environment Forum will be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 17-20, 2020, with August 17 and 18 holding optional special trainings and field trip(s).

What meals are included in my registration cost?
Refreshments are served in the mornings and afternoons, but attendees will be on their own for meals. The hotel hosts multiple dining options, and attendees will be able to easily access a variety of restaurants and entertainment options in downtown Milwaukee.

What does the conference schedule look like?
The TLEF is a 4-day event, starting on a Monday and ending on Thursday. Monday and Tuesday morning feature optional trainings and field trip opportunities, and the opening plenary takes place Tuesday afternoon. Please see the schedule on the “Agenda” tab for more information. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Are there field trips and excursions?
Field trips are an integral part of every TLEF, so attendees can visit tribal operations and sites representative of the goals of the conference. Please check the “Field Trips” tab for more information.

Do you offer exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities? Where can I find information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities?
Yes, we offer exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. You can view prices, available packages, apply and pay, among other things by visiting the “Exhibitors/Sponsors” tab.

Who do I contact for general conference questions?
You may contact customer service by emailing


How can I register for the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum?
This year’s registration fee is $175. You may register through an online form by going to the “Registration” tab.

Please take note of the registration deadlines for the regular rate. On Monday, July 27, online registration closes and you will no longer be able to register until you arrive onsite, at which point it will increase to $225/person. Additionally, please take note of the Cancellation/Refund deadline, which is July 27, 2020. A full list of deadlines is also listed on the “Registration” tab.

How will I know if I’m registered?
All attendees will receive a confirmation by email. This confirmation verifies your registration for the conference. Please feel free to contact a conference representative if you have any additional questions at

The registration will also send an invoice for any amount due. Payments are due before the start of the conference. If your organization is paying with a Purchase Order/Check, please follow up by sending an email with a copy of the Purchase Order to

If you chose to pay by credit card during registration, you will receive a message from another system with an auto-generated receipt.

Note about SPAM: To avoid system messages from going to a SPAM folder, please approve messages from “”.

How can I pay for the conference?
You may pay for the conference online in the registration system with a credit card. This is the easiest way to pay and receive an automated receipt. You may also pay through a direct deposit (company payments only, not individuals), Purchase Order/company check, or by an individual check.

For payments by Check: Please ensure that checks are made payable to: “NAU-ITEP” with a note in the memo line regarding your registration identification, registration names, and/or registration Invoice number.

Are any scholarships offered?
Scholarships are available for the conference for employees of federally-recognized tribes. Please visit the “Travel Scholarships” tab for more information.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
If you are unable to attend the conference, you are required to submit a written cancellation notice no later than Monday, July 27, 2020 by 5:00pm MST for a full refund. If your cancellation notice is received after the deadline a refund will not be possible. Please send a request in writing to with “Cancellation” in the Subject line.

What if I forget to cancel and do not participate in the conference?
An unpaid no show still owes the conference hosts. If we do not receive a cancellation by the July 27 deadline, you will not receive a refund. Whether or not a registrant participates, a head count for a number of items have already been purchased and all costs incurred, this cannot be recovered, so no refund is possible after the deadline.

What if I would like to substitute someone in my place?
You may substitute and attendee; however, the new registrant will need to complete a new registration due to personal information needed for each participant (e.g., contact information, food restrictions and/or allergies, ADA, etc.).

If possible, please notify the staff of the cancellation of the original person’s registration before the cancellation/refund deadline Monday, July 27, 2020 by 5:00pm MST. A staff member will then apply payment (if already received) to the new registration as quickly as possible to avoid any potential issues onsite.

What if I do have a refund coming and I do not receive it?
It is the registrant’s responsibility to follow up with a conference representative after the conference in the event a refund is not received, and you believe you are owed one. If a registrant does not follow up on a refund and it is not received, no refund will be possible following this deadline due to account closure.

For questions about refunds, please email with “Refund” in the subject line.

Please see the “Registration” tab to download the refund policy document and read the refund policies. Upon registration, you checked a box stating you understand these refund policies that you may refer to online.


Is there a lodging group rate available for the event?
There is a reduced hotel group rate available at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the host hotel. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are not able to secure lodging at the host hotel, please email with “Lodging” in the subject line.

The deadline to take advantage of the rate is Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Rates and rooms are subject to availability, so reserve a room as soon as conveniently possible.

Please see the “Travel” tab for more information on the hotel, links to maps, the tourism board webpage, airport shuttles and more.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director

Contact Us:

For questions regarding the website, registration, scholarships, accommodations, exhibiting, sponsorships, volunteering and other logistics, please contact the general conference inbox at

For questions regarding the agenda and/or program content, please contact:
Todd Barnell, Project Director
Phone: 928-523-3840

For questions regarding session proposals, field trips, or presentations, please contact:
Julie Jurkowski, Program Coordinator Senior
Phone: 928-523-9404

For questions regarding the Multi-Media Meetup, please contact:
Jennifer Williams, Program Coordinator Senior
Phone: 928-523-0673

2020 Presentation downloads

Unless otherwise noted, all files are in pdf format.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director

Past TLEFs:

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2019 TLEF: Palm Springs Renaissance Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA
August 19-22, 2019

2019 TLEF Presentations

2019 TLEF Booklet [pdf]

2019 TLEF Highlights video [mp4]

2018 TLEF: Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA
August 13-16, 2018

2018 TLEF Presentations

2018 TLEF Booklet [pdf]

2018 TLEF Highlights video [mp4]

2017 TLEF: Cox Business Center
Tulsa, OK
August 14-17, 2017

2017 TLEF Presentations

2017 TLEF Attendee Networking list. [pdf]

2016 TLEF: Mohegan Sun Resort
Uncasville, CN
August 15-18, 2016

2019 TLEF Presentations

2016 TLEF Conference Booklet [pdf]

2016 TLEF Attendee Networking list [pdf]

2013 TLEF: Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Pueblo of Santa Ana
August 19-22, 2013

2013 TLEF Presentations

2013 TLEF Conference Booklet [pdf]

2013 TLEF Attendee Networking List [pdf]

2012 TLEF: Mill Casino and Hotel, Coquille Indian Tribe
Coos Bay, OR
August 20-23, 2012

2012 TLEF Presentations

2012 TLEF Attendee Networking List [pdf]

2012 TLEF Presenter Bios [pdf]

2012 TLEF Agenda Booklet [pdf]

2011 TLEF: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
Oneida/Green Bay, WI
August 23-25, 2011

2011 TLEF Presentations

2010 TLEF: US Grant Hotel
San Diego, CA
August 24-26, 2010

2010 TLEF Presentations

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell

Project Director