Welcome to new NTAA Executive Committee representatives elected in Alaska : Primary representative Rose Kalistook of the Association of Village Presidents and Alternate representative Shannon Isaacs from the Craig Tribal Association. Congratulations to Rose and Shannon on their election to represent Alaska on the NTAA Executive Committee! To learn more about the NTAA EC, click here.


The Status of Tribes and Climate Change Report (STACC) is now available for download! The STACC Report seeks to uplift and honor the voices of Indigenous peoples across the U.S. to increase understanding of Tribal lifeways, cultures, and worldviews, the climate change impacts Tribes are experiencing, the solutions they are implementing, and ways that all of us can support Tribes in adapting to our changing world. This report was convened by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program and written by the STACC Working Group. Find out more information about the working group by clicking here.


Members of the NTAA Executive Committee and staff met virtually with EPA’s Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe yesterday along with Jane Nishida of the Office of International and Tribal Affairs and leadership from EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

Today, NTAA leaders will be meeting with office directors from EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, the Office of Atmospheric Programs, the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air and the Office of Environmental Justice. These meetings are part of NTAA’s regular communication with EPA leadership to help advance Tribal air quality. Specifically, NTAA leaders discussed the recommendations from the 2021 STAR and a NTAA letter sent last week to OAR leadership on the proposed $50 million of ARP funding for air monitoring.


Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

The Hill – Cutting air pollution levels could raise life expectancy by 2 years: study

The Hill – The major emitter that’s missing from climate negotiations

US News – Gaps in US Wildfire Smoke Warning Network Leave Many Exposed

NBC News – ‘All we can do’: Firefighters attempt to merge California wildfires in effort to control one

New York Post – Air Pollution linked to schizophrenia, depression: study

The Guardian – ‘Our future might not look the same’: wildfires threaten way of life in California’s mountain towns

TIME – California’s Wildfire Problem Could Be Solved by a Few Legal Changes

Cronkite News – Solutions and struggle: COVID relief highlights complexity of issues facing Native people

Cronkite News – Yurok Tribe in Northern California grows solutions in soil of crises

Time – “It’s Critical That The Rivers Continue to Flow.” Environmental Activist Nicole Horseherder on Reclaiming Water Rights for Native Americans

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

AP – Ida’s sweltering aftermath: No power, no water, no gasoline

The Conversation – Hurricane Ida turned into a monster thanks to a giant warm patch in the Gulf of Mexico – here’s what happened

The Nevada Independent – Report: Extreme temperatures disproportionately affects minority, low-income communities stuck in ‘heat islands’

NPR – Greenhouse Gas Levels Are The Highest Ever Seen — And That’s Going Back 800,000 Years

The Hill – Judge rebuffs red states’ challenge to Biden’s ‘social costs’ of greenhouse gases

The Hill – Biden administration to ‘revise’ regulations for solar, wind on public lands

NY Times – 40 Million People Rely on the Colorado River. It’s Drying Up Fast.

E&E News – Dems’ reconciliation plans: ANWR drilling halt, lease overhaul

Crosscut – Inside the latest Indigenous push to stop a massive copper mine

Indian Country Today – Panel considers future of coal-fired power plant

Wall Street Journal – West Virginia Creates Jobs Farming Lavender at Former Coal Mines

Toxics/Mobile Sources

American Lung Assc. – Two-thirds of Voters Nationwide Support Investments in Zero-Emission School Buses

EDF – EPA Expected to Act Soon on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Axios – The other job for batteries in boosting the electric vehicle market

KTRK – Colonial Pipeline temporarily shuts down 2 fuel lines as Hurricane Ida makes landfall

Reuters – Biden infrastructure plan takes on EV charging’s inequality problem

E&E – EVs are ‘unfeasible,’ Postal Service says

The Verge – FAA grants could clean up airport emissions

Indoor Air Quality

Salt Lake Tribune – Why indoor air can be just as bad as the pollution outside — and what you can do about it

KHN – As Schools Spend Millions on Air Purifiers. Experts Warn of Overblown Claims and Harm to Children

Bloomberg Law – Indoor Air Pollution Remains a Deadly—and Unregulated—Problem

Santa Clarita Valley Signal – How This Sweden Based Air Filtration Company Camfil is Improving Air Quality in Classrooms at US Schools. Reports Explains

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