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The Tribes of EPA Region 5 (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan) would like to share with you the 2021 Edition of the Tribal Air Resources Journal, Volume 13The Tribes in Region 5 have compiled this Journal since 2008 to promote our air achievements and successes, and share obstacles and setbacks encountered in their Tribal communities and air resources.  This year, and last, proved to be a year of testing many Tribes’ resolve and in this Journal some Tribes address how COVID has impacted their Programs.


NTAA has released a Tribal Template Letter to comment on EPA’s Proposed Emissions Guidelines to Reduce Methane from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. You can find NTAA’s new fact sheet on NTAA’s Policy Resource Kit page here. Last week, NTAA’s Chairwoman Carol Kriebs testified during EPA’s public hearing last week. You can read her remarks here. Deadline extended: Comments are now due to the EPA on January 31st, 2022 (previously January 14th) Comment here!


Submit your 2022 NTFAQ Presentation Abstract | Google Form

The National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ) aims to support Tribal programs by fostering information-sharing and networking opportunities that are focused on building Tribal capacity in air quality management. The event’s agenda is driven by Tribal input and priorities, with a focus on increasing Tribal engagement in air quality initiatives that are relevant to tribal communities across the nation.

The NTFAQ is scheduled for May 2-5, 2022. Sample topic for presentations or trainings may include but is not limited to:

  • Air Quality & Grants
  • Air Quality Policy & Regulations
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Air Quality Health and Research
  • Technical: air monitoring, data management & analysis, emission inventories
  • Tribal Case Studies: examples of Tribes implementing air quality projects & programs
  • Climate Change & Air Quality
  • Community engagement: youth, elders, and community leaders
  • Tribal/Traditional Knowledge

If you have questions about the agenda, presentation options, or other ways to participate in the event, please contact

  • Call for Presentations Opens: December 1st, 2021
  • Presentation Proposals Due: January 15th, 2022
  • Letter of Notification (will include instructions and timeline): February 17th,
  • 2022
  • Presentation Materials Deadline: March 28 (if pre-recorded) April 15 (if in-person)

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

The Hill – White House hails ‘significant progress’ on conservation goals

The Guardian – How much air pollution do you live with? It may depend on your skin color

EPA – EPA awards over $32 million for tribal environmental programs in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest

Missoulian – EPA grants boost smoke, disease protection

The Denver Post – Biden’s EPA pick in the West aims to restore protections dropped under Trump

Indian Country Today – ‘Historic’ meeting renews push for Black Hills

Indian Country Today – Netflix’s ‘Maya and the Three’ inspires a list of Indigenous warrior princesses

Indian Country Today – Making ‘Molly of Denali’ as ‘authentic as possible’

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

Climate Change/Energy

E&E Climate Wire – Dems scramble, seethe after Manchin kills climate bill

E&E Climate Wire – ‘Top of the list’: W.Va. faces surprising climate dangers

CNN Business – Coal miners want Joe Manchin to reverse opposition to Build Back Better

Fortune – Biden’s green orders seek to rebuild global trust on climate

E&E Climate Wire – Military exempt from Biden order to cut federal emissions

NPR – In 2021, climate ambitions soared and crashed in the U.S. and around the world

The New Yorker – The Year in Climate

E&E News – Mass., Md. approve deals for massive offshore wind farms

The Hill – Energy Department announces new office for renewable demonstration projects

The Hill – Biden administration advances two large-scale solar projects in California

Toxics/Mobile Sources

ABC News – Biden boosts fuel-economy standards to fight climate change

Clean Technica – $5 Billion For Electric School Buses In US Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act

EPA – EPA Announces Plans to Use First $1B from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds to Clear Out the Superfund Backlog

The Verge – The EV revolution’s next big roadblock: access to chargers

Indoor Air Quality

The Guardian – How much indoor air pollution do we produce when we take a shower?

Healthline – Will Mask Mandates Help Stop Omicron Spread? What We Know

Buildings – How a Cultural Shift in Hotel Air Quality Will Keep People Safe