Welcome to the newest NTAA Executive Committee Members:

  • Vallen Cook of the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in Region 5
  • Joseph Painter of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska in Region 7,

Thanks to Vallen and Joseph for their leadership with NTAA to advance  Tribal Air Programs!


NTAA – U.S. Tribal Nations Combat Air Pollution and Climate Change Without the Needed Federal Funding to Sustain and Build Tribal Air Quality Programs

The NTAA Executive Committee presented key findings from NTAA’s first national baseline needs assessment (BNA) for Tribal Air Programs. You can read the full report here, and the key findings here.

To help readers navigate the 110-page report, NTAA will be hosting a national webinar on Wednesday, June 15th at 2 ET. All members of the public are welcome to join the webinar. Follow this link to register to the event.

At NTAA’s Annual Meeting, the new one-hour NTAA film, “NTAA’s 20th year anniversary” was screened. You can view the full film on NTAA’s “About Us” page here.

Last week, NTAA also published new Policy Resource Kits for Tribes to use that includes fact sheets and template letters you and/or your Tribe can use to comment on:


The 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality Recording Sessions Are Now Available!

Thanks to all who helped make the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality a complete success! You can view an amazing video and photos that captures the full NTFAQ that can be viewed here


Top Stories

ABC News – 1 in 6 deaths worldwide attributed to pollution: Review

E&E News – EPA air nominee faces high-stakes confirmation hearing

CBS News – Major climate indicators set “alarming” records in 2021, the U.N. says, “bringing us ever closer to climate catastrophe”

Yale Climate Connections – NOAA expects another above-average Atlantic hurricane season

Indian Country Today – Coordinated response needed to respond to climate change effects on tribes

NM Political Report – Environmental groups release new oil and gas threats map

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

Gizmodo – Biden Admin Announces $3.5 Billion in Carbon Dioxide Removal Funding

E&E News – Community methane monitoring fills gaps left by EPA

E&E News – No ‘simple fix’: White House charts progress on EJ agenda

NPR – Native tribes celebrate Montana land ownership and bison range restoration

EPA – EPA Proposes to Protect Bristol Bay’s Salmon Fishery, Subsistence Fishing for Alaska Natives

Axios – Scoop: Sinema pushes to open up mining

Grist – In Minnesota, the PolyMet mine pits renewable energy needs against tribes and the EPA

NPR – How to stay safe in hurricanes, wildfires and summer’s intensity

The Guardian – Drought, heat and extreme wind bring ‘explosive fire behavior’ to US

NM Political Reporter – With climate change fueling wildfires, changes are needed to prevent worse scenarios

AP News – Better weather conditions aid crews working New Mexico fires

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

Climate Change/Energy

The Guardian – Global heating is cutting sleep across the world, study finds

The Guardian – Sharp cut in methane now could help avoid worst of climate crisis

Reuters – Another climate change lawsuit against Big Oil heads back to state court

Reuters – U.S. power and natural gas prices soar during spring heatwave

Reuters – U.S. climate envoy Kerry says Ukraine war no excuse to let up on climate fight

Vox – The problem of global energy inequity, explained by American refrigerators

E&E News – Biden under pressure to declare climate emergency

The Hill – Congressional progressives warn Biden, EU natural gas reliance may hurt climate goals

E&E News – FERC chair on grid: ‘The old way doesn’t work’

Mashable – 3 surprising ways to cope with climate change

CNBC – U.S. Navy climate plan calls to curb emissions, electrify vehicle fleet

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources

E&E News – Senators unload on Haaland, Granholm over gasoline prices

Los Angeles Times – California oil regulator confirms methane leak at idle oil wells in Bakersfield

The Guardian – Sharp cut in methane now could help avoid worst of climate crisis

E&E News – EPA advances on Pebble mine veto

WFAA – The planet-warming effects behind oil production in West Texas

Axios – Industry heavyweights unite in U.S. battery push

Indoor Air Quality

Bloomberg – I Used This $150 Device to Track My Covid Risk. I Got Covid Anyway

Institution of Mechanical Engineers – Effective ventilation for air quality and infection control