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NTAA will be hosting an informational webinar for Tribes on Wednesday, January 19th at 2pm ET to help Tribes better understand and comment on EPA’s Proposed Emissions Guidelines to Reduce Methane from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. NTAA has also released a Tribal Template Letter for Tribes to use as well as 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 by January 15! | 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

  • 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

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High Country News – Indigenous feminism flows through the fight for water rights on the Rio Grande

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Native News Online – Court Rules Mining Rights Stay with the Feds on Oklahoma Tribal Lands

Indian Country Today – ‘America’s forgotten Indigenous rights movement’

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Mongabay – More trees means healthier bees, new study on air pollution shows

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

Climate Change/Energy

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Popular Science – Climate change disasters cost the world over $100 billion this year

NY Times – Chile Writes Its Constitution, Confronting Climate Change Head On

Nature – How researchers can help fight climate change in 2022 and beyond

Yes! Magazine – Electric Solutions to Decarbonize Your Life

NY Times – Coming Soon to This Coal Country: Solar, in a Big Way

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NPR – EPA announces tighter fuel economy standards for cars and trucks

E&E News – Regulatory fight looms over first-ever air toxics addition

Ensia – Radioactive contamination is creeping into drinking water around the U.S.

Indian Country Today – Jackpile Mine toxic legacy continues at Laguna Pueblo

The State of Massachusetts – MassDEP Files New Regulations to Reduce Emissions, Advance Market for Clean Trucks in the Commonwealth

The Office of New York Governor Hochul – Governor Hochul Announces Adoption of Regulation to Transition to Zero-Emission Trucks

NPR – Walmart sued for allegedly dumping hazardous waste in California

Indoor Air Quality

Forbes – Leaders Must Prioritize Indoor Air Quality. Here’s Why.

HSM – New WiFi indoor air quality monitor