Top Stories

PBS News Hour – Oklahoma wants the Supreme Court to pull back part of its historic ruling on Native rights

Time – Warmer Winters Are Erasing Alaskan Native Traditions in the Arctic

Frontline – A Government Scientist Warned About Climate Change in 2001. Exxon Mobil Sought to Have Him Removed.

E&E – Western wildfires reverse US clean air gains — study



SEE YOU IN TULSA NEXT WEEK! In-person registration is now closed for the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ), but you can still register virtually here! NTFAQ’s Planning Committees have been busy planning this year’s forum hosted by the Muscogee Nation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 2-5, 2022. You can find details on the NTFAQ agenda and NTAA’s Annual Meeting that will take place during NTFAQ on NTAA’s website here. Be sure to contact if you have any questions!


Next week is Air Quality Awareness Week (AQAW)! If you will be at Muscogee’s River Spirit Casino Resort or anywhere else taking deep breaths next week, we look forward to celebrating #AQAW2022 with you! 

Our great AQ partners at the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) are excited for this year’s celebration and can’t wait for you to check out their “AQ IQ” through the daily trivia question on Twitter. Join in on the AQ fun!

Still planning your AQAW activities? Check out the AQAW Toolkit, which includes general information like this year’s theme, daily topics, and suggestions for ways to get involved. The Toolkit also contains our main AQAW social media accounts, hashtags, and sample social media posts.  If you have any questions about AQAW, please reach out to Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky ( or Debra Lee (


Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

New York Times – Wildfires Burn more than 150,000 Acres in Three States

The 19th News – Pregnant people are at ‘greater risk’ in states hit hard by wildfire smoke, air pollution, new report shows

The Hill – The best and worst U.S. cities for air quality

CBS – Wood pellet industry may be falsely marketing itself as a green renewable energy source, critics say

NPR – More than 137 million Americans live in areas with poor air quality, report finds

High Country News – Interior is pushing states to replace derogatory place names with colonial ones – Microbial response to a changing and fire-prone arctic ecosystem

Here’s your link to this week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

E&E News – Will Manchin’s bipartisan energy gambit bear fruit?

NPR – How climate change is affecting marginalized communities in Nevada

EPA – EPA Releases White Paper on Reducing Climate Pollution from New Gas-Fired Turbines

Navajo Times – ‘It’s proven technology’: DOE awards Kayenta’s Nááts’íílid Initiative $1.2M to power 24 homes

AP – Incandescent light bulbs being phased out to save energy

E&E News – Interior rule delays underscore Biden’s energy challenge

CNN – John Kerry is trying to convince the world to act on climate change. Russia’s war made it that much harder

ABC – Youth-led climate change lawsuits are increasing across the country

CBS – Fewer Americans see climate change as a priority than they did a year ago – CBS News poll

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Inside Climate News – EPA Opens Civil Rights Investigation Into Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’

The Hill – People of color more likely to be harmed by pesticides, study shows – Microplastics are everywhere, but their dangers largely remain a mystery, experts say

E&E News – Citing ‘clean energy,’ progressives mount mining law overhaul

NPR – Despite U.S. sanctions, oil traders help Russian oil reach global markets

Yale Environment – How U.S. Gas Exports to Europe Could Lock in Future Emissions

NPR – In an effort to make schools greener, the White House is offering billions of dollars

Indoor Air Quality

Scary Mommy – Researchers Are Ripping The Gas Stoves Out Of Their Houses For Their Kids’ Health

Forbes – Why Recent Announcements By The White House Around Indoor Air Quality Matter

New York Times – The White House emphasizes the importance of indoor air quality as the pandemic moves into a new phase