The 2021 Status of Tribal Air Report (STAR) was released at the National Tribal Air Association’s (NTAA) Annual Meeting on May 20, 2021. On June 14th at 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET, the NTAA will host a national presentation to provide an overview of the STAR, share the stories within the STAR, and provide specific recommendations for national leadership to advance air quality on and around Tribal lands. Presenters include NTAA’s Executive Committee (EC) Chairwoman & Region 10’s EC Primary Representative Carol Kriebs, Region 4’s EC Alternate Representative Tiffany Lozada, Region 5’s EC Alternate Representative Joy Wiecks, Region 6’s EC Primary Representative Craig Kreman, Dana Adkins of the Chickahominy Tribe, the TAMS Steering Committee’s Chairwoman Tennille Denetdeel, and NTAA staff members Andy Bessler, Mariah Ashley, and Dara Marks Marino. To register for the presentation, follow this link.

NTAA Monthly Video Update from Executive Committee Member Scott Hansen, Catawba Indian Nation, Region 4

If you don’t have time to dive deep into the NTAA Weekly Update, watch the quick video update to help give you the latest news from NTAA and learn more about the Tribes in each region! Watch the video here or on NTAA’s home page under, “Latest News.”

What a wonderful and informative NTFAQ conference we had last week! THANK YOU!  It would not have been possible without the help and support of a multitude of people – including all of you who attended our sessions, asked insightful questions, and made our virtual gathering almost feel like the real thing!

At this time, we would really appreciate hearing back from you.  Please tell us what you thought about the 2021 NTFAQ, what content you want to see in 2022, and give us feedback on air quality trainings that you have.  This feedback form should only take about 10 minutes or so to complete.

The NTFAQ website will stay open for 1 full year – so you can check out any of the pre-recorded trainings and presentations you may have missed here on the NTFAQ website. We are editing the live sessions that you all attended, and will have those posted soon.

Thank you again for making the 2021 NTFAQ so informative, meaningful and fun!  And please SAVE THE DATE to be at Muscogee Nation for the 2022 NTFAQ May 2 – 6, 2022!!

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

Indian Country Today – National report published today recommends air quality improvements and shares stories from tribal air quality programs

Reuters – Air pollution costs each American $2,500 a year in healthcare – study

The Guardian – Biden administration pauses transfer of holy Native American land to mining firm

Washington Post – Heat and smog hit low-income communities and people of color hardest, scientists say

NY Times – Facing Hurricane and Wildfire Seasons, FEMA Is Already Worn Out

The Hill – The terrible environmental costs of stagnant EPA funding

Native Sun News – Army Corps seeks tribal cooperation on DAPL

EPA – U.S. EPA penalizes Lupton, Arizona refinery for violating Clean Air Act chemical safety requirements

CNN – Stark racial disparities persist in vaccinations, state-level CDC data shows

Science Advances – Air pollution impacts of COVID-19–related containment measures

High Country News – Petroglyph vandalism is not a victimless crime

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

The 19thIndigenous women and LGTBQ+ people led Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Five years later, they reflect on Standing Rock

Euronews – ‘The climate has won today’ – Shell ordered to cut CO2 emissions by 45% in landmark climate case

Reuters – U.S. identifies areas for offshore wind energy projects near California

Ensia – “A Generational Historic Struggle To Regain Our Water”

Washington Post – For seventh straight year, a named storm forms in Atlantic ahead of hurricane season

Mashable – 3 signs the climate op-ed you’re reading is full of it

The Hill – Environmentalists see infrastructure as crucial path to climate goals

NPR – Once Nearly Extinct, The Florida Panther Is Making A Comeback

USA Today – Climate Point: Helium mining lifts off in the Navajo Nation

Toxics/Mobile Sources

CNBC – Ford boosts electric vehicle spending to more than $30 billion, aims to have 40% of volume all-electric by 2030

The Wall Street Journal – Bitcoin Miners Are Giving New Life to Old Fossil-Fuel Power Plants

The Hill – Bipartisan group of senators introduces surface transportation bill

Grist – The cost to clean up New Mexico’s oil and gas industry? $8 billion.

Nexus – Refinery That Rained Oil Shut Down By EPA in St. Croix

Jalopnik – A Brief History of Gasoline: A Century And A Half of Lies

Nexus – Biden Administration Lets DAPL Oil Keep Flowing Without Permit

Indoor Air Quality

EPA – EPA and Partners Make Progress on the National Radon Action Plan

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