Welcome to Mariah Ashley, the new National Tribal Air Association Program Coordinator!

After a thorough search, Ms. Ashley comes to NTAA after working for ITEP’s Climate Change Program. Previous to that, she had more than three years of progressive experience as the Operations Manager for the Black Mesa Water Coalition. BMWC is an indigenous-led, grassroots organization that focuses on food sovereignty, cultural and Indigenous knowledge, as well as empowering Diné youth through organizing. As a member of the Navajo Nation, Ms. Ashley has also worked for the Navajo Nation’s Division of Natural Resources in the Water Management Office as an intern. Ms. Ashley holds an Associate Degree of Applied Science from Diné College and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Science with a Geology Emphasis from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Ashley joins the NTAA staff to support the NTAA Executive Committee, NTAA member Tribes, and Tribal air programs across Indian Country on May 4th. Please join us in welcoming Mariah to NTAA! You can reach her at


TAMS Steering Committee Nomination

The TAMS Steering Committee is composed of a rotating roster of tribal environmental professionals and ex officio members who meet regularly to discuss tribal air quality monitoring and other air quality technical support needs. Nomination is open until May 31, 2020. Nominate a recipient here.


Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

Department of the Interior – White House Re-Establishes Council on Native American Affairs to Support Continued Inter-Agency Coordination with Indian Country


ABC News – Tribes urge Treasury to disburse coronavirus relief funding


BBC – How air pollution exacerbates Covid-19


The Guardian – Coronavirus detected on particles of air pollution


Bloomberg News – Virus Prompts California to Study Air Pollution, Public Health


Grist – The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?


EPA – Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Recognized as EPA WasteWise National Tribal Partner of the Year


EPA – Kickapoo Nation School Students in Kansas Win EPA Environmental Award, as EPA Celebrates Earth Day and Environmental Education


Desert Sun – Environmental groups sue EPA over smog, air quality rules in Imperial County


E&E News – Study: Agency sat on $16M in enforcement funds


Yes! Magazine – What We Can Learn About Resilience from Indigenous Leaders


Indian Country Today – ‘Indian Country is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19’


USA Today – Native American tribes have been hit hard by coronavirus, and they’re battling red tape to get help


National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update


Climate Change/Energy

Indian Country Today – Court ruling puts pipeline projects across the country on hold


Indian Country Today – Tribes’ billion dollar oil industry…and now?


The Week – How to bail out the oil industry without destroying the planet


E&E News – Here’s what an oil bailout could mean for emissions


Huffpost – Falling Oil Prices Breathe New Life into an Old Idea: Nationalize the Industry


NPR – It’s Hard To Think About Climate Change During A Pandemic. Here’s how to stay Engaged.


Colorlines – Earth Day: Deadly Impact of Climate Change and COVID-19 Collide in Low-Wage Earning Communities


High Country News – How climate research continues during stay-at-home orders


ENN – Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Artificial Intelligence


NY Times – Here’s How Coronavirus Could Raise Cities’ Risk for Climate Disasters


Toxics/Mobile Sources

Cleveland Scene – Failure to Support Vehicle Pollution Standards Hurts GM in Customer Survey


Air Quality News – New database for car buyers reveals vehicle pollution levels


Indoor Air Quality

Salt Lake Tribune – Wyoming tribes face unique challenges in coronavirus fight


WISC News – Chemists look for ways to assess and improve indoor air quality


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