National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF):
The purpose of the NTF is to provide environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality. The NTF is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA), made possible by funding from US EPA and sponsorships from the entities listed below.
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA), and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi would like to invite you to attend the 16th Annual National Tribal Forum on Air Quality, to be held:
|May 19-21, 2015
Firekeepers Casino Hotel
Battle Creek, Michigan
All tribal environmental professionals, US EPA representatives, and members of national or local organizations with interests in air quality and climate change issues in Indian Country are encouraged to attend. This conference is designed to allow attendees a venue to share with and learn from one another. Conference highlights include:
- Virgil Masayesva Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony
- Special networking sessions
- Updates on new and upcoming rules and regulations
- Tribal case studies
- EPA listening sessions
- Air quality and health impacts
- Optional training sessions and site visits the day before the conference (See "Register" tab)
- The latest on climate change, indoor air quality, and much, much more!
The NTF is a cost-share event. Attendees are responsible for travel arrangements and expenses, however a limited number of scholarships are available; please see the “Register” tab for more information.
2015 NTF Sponsors:
ITEP would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the 2015 NTF:
Vendors and Exhibitors:
We are looking for any interested sponsors for this premier conference for environmental professionals. Our annual conference consistently receives high marks and has become a must-attend event for tribal environmental professionals from across the country, and also draws solid participation from senior US EPA officials and other Federal, State and Local agencies. Hundreds attend our conference annually to present research, learn and advance air quality management issues for Indian Country and Alaska. Many important national and regional air quality issues will be presented and discussed at this conference; by becoming a sponsor, your organization in affirming its commitment to air quality and tribal environmental protection. Sponsorships will be used to enhance the overall conference experience for attendees, however if you have specific items you wish to sponsor, please let us know. Options include:
- Evening reception
- Scholarships for tribal students
- AV and facility rental fees
- Morning/afternoon breaks
- Carbon offsets
- Keynote Speaker fee
Click HERE to download the Vendor/Exhibitor Request form. [MSWord]
Thank you for allowing us to solicit your interest in the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality! If you have any questions, please contact us at the information below.
Platinum ($2,000) – logo displayed prominently at event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; up to 30 minutes exclusive non-compete time during event for you to promote your business or organization; complimentary half-page full-color and half-page black-and-white advertisements in conference program; four (4) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.
Gold ($1,000) – logo displayed prominently at event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary 3"x5.25" full-color advertisement in conference program; three (3) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.
Silver ($500) – logo displayed prominently at event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary 3"x5.25" black & white advertisement in conference program; two (2) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.
Presentations, Posters and Training Sessions:
We want to hear from YOU at this conference! If you're interested in presenting a poster, hosting a training session, or giving a presentation please let us know. The more we can do to highlight and enhance the great work of tribes, the more we'll learn from one-another and improve the welfare of us all!
Click HERE to submit a presentation or training session abstract.
Is there a topic or issue you would like hear about at NTF? Do you have a specific training need that you would like to see offered in conjunction with NTF? Click HERE to email the conference coordinators.
Eco-Café Information & Networking Session:
The Eco-Café is a unique session held during the NTF where conference attendees can circulate to a variety of tables or stations that pique their interest, and are able to ask questions and interact one-on-one with the table presenters. Eco-Café tables can be used to present a special project, highlight services available, get feedback from potential audiences about a topic, and enhance networking among attendees, among other things. The Eco-Café portion of the agenda has been a great success and with your participation, it will be again!
Click HERE to submit a request to participate in the EcoCafe.
Click HERE to submit registration for the NTF (Fee required). See below for scholarship requests.
Register and Request a scholarship:
Click HERE to pre-register for the conference with a scholarship request (see below for more details); registration fees will not apply.
- Submission of this form serves both as a request for scholarship and conference registration.
- Please do NOT submit a separate conference registration.
In an effort to continue to deliver a quality conference experience, ITEP and NTAA are charging a registration fee to attend this year’s conference. The fees collected will directly fund conference expenses such as refreshments, A/V costs and supplies.
The registration fee can be paid by credit card or e-check at the time of registration; payment by regular check, cash or credit card can also be made on-site if desired (please notify ITEP if you plan to pay on-site). Registration fees are fully refundable (via reimbursement) in the event of a cancellation. To request an invoice or W-9 to process payment of the registration fee, or to request a registration fee refund, please contact ITEP.
- ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to help cover eligible travel expenses for tribal employees; only ONE scholarship per tribe will be provided (not including approved tribal presenters).
- Scholarships will be issued by reimbursement AFTER the conference to help cover eligible expenses [link to eligible expenses doc] including airfare, mileage, and meals up to the amount of $700.00 (for Alaska Native Villages, the scholarship amount will be $1200.00).
- Scholarship recipients will have lodging expenses (room and tax only) pre-paid by ITEP; lodging reservations will be made by ITEP on behalf of scholarship recipients.
- Individuals selected for scholarship will have the registration fee waived.
- If you are requesting a scholarship, please do not make any travel arrangements until notified.
- The deadline to request scholarships is March 31, 2015; scholarship recipients will be notified of their award via email by April 10.
- If a scholarship request is denied, you may still attend the conference, however you will have to submit a new registration form and pay the registration fee. You will also be responsible for all travel-related expenses and arrangements.
These sessions are free to attend, however, travel support will NOT be available for Monday sessions. See below for more details and available sessions (note: sessions are still being finalized, please check back for updates).
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
- NTAA Membership Annual Meeting
- The National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) is holding its annual Membership Meeting as a working lunch on Tuesday, May 19. The meeting is open to all Member Tribes. Not sure if you represent a NTAA Member Tribe? Check here. If you are interested in more information on becoming an NTAA Member Tribe, please contact Andy Bessler, NTAA Project Director.
Lodging arrangements will be made by ITEP for scholarship recipients and eligible tribal presenters ONLY; please DO NOT contact the hotel directly if your lodging will be paid by ITEP.
All other attendees must make hotel reservations directly with the hotel—please read the following information carefully as it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with hotel policies. If you have questions about lodging rates, ID requirements, or deposits, please contact ITEP.
- A group block reservation has been made at the Firekeepers Casino Hotel, located at 11177 East Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, Michigan, 49014.
- Attendees with a valid Government or Tribal ID (must present ID at check-in) are eligible for the group lodging rate of $89/night, plus applicable taxes and fees.
- The standard group lodging rate is $109/night, plus taxes and fees.
- These rates are available until May 2, 2015, or until group rooming block has been exceeded. It is strongly recommended that you make hotel reservations as early as possible.
- Contact the Hotel by phone at 1-877-352-8777 and reference National Tribal Forum on Air Quality, or make reservations online using Group Code 051715NTFA for the group block rate.
- A credit card will be required at time of booking to secure the room reservation; the name on the reservation MUST match the name on the credit card and identification presented at check-in, or be a named guest of the registered room. Third-party credit card authorization forms are available from the front desk for guests who are having another person pay for their hotel room and/or deposit.
- Cancellations must be made by contacting the hotel at least 24 hours in advance of check-in to avoid penalty charge of one night room and tax.
- All guests staying in the hotel must be registered on the reservation, and must be 21 or older to check in.
- A $50/night deposit hold will be placed on the credit card used at check-in; this hold will be released by Firekeepers Casino Hotel within 24 hours of check-out, however some banking institutions will retain the hold for up to 10 days. Cash deposits will be $100/night.
Several commercial airports serve Southern Michigan; please see below for more details. Airline reservations are your responsibility (with the exception of presenters receiving travel support).
|Airport||Distance from Hotel|
|Kalamazoo Int’l Airport (AZO)||~30 miles|
|Capitol Region Int’l Airport (LAN)||~50 miles|
|Gerald R Ford Int’l Airport (GRR)||~60 miles|
|South Bend Airport (SBN)||~100 miles|
|Bishop Int’l Airport (FNT)||~100 miles|
|Detroit Metro/Wayne County Int’l Airport (DTW)||~100 miles|
Due to limited ground transportation options in the area, we are working on identifying alternate options for airport shuttle to/from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airport ONLY. Please check back soon!
Parking and Conference Shuttle:
The Firekeepers Casino Hotel offers complimentary self-parking.
ITEP will be offsetting the carbon footprint of the NTF meeting space and accommodations by purchasing offsets through Native Energy, an expert provider of carbon offsets, renewable energy credits, and carbon accounting software, that focuses on helping community-based initiatives addressing renewable energy. If you are interested in offsetting the carbon footprint of your travel to/from the NTF, please visit their website for more information.
2015 NTF presentations.
Please check back for presentations after the conference.
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
May 13-15, 2014
Click HERE for Conference Program.
Click HERE for Agenda.
Click HERE for presentations.
Fort McDowell Reservation
Fountain Hills, AZ
April 30-May 2, 2013
Click HERE for presentations.
Cherokee Nation's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
May 22-24, 2012
Click HERE for presentations.
Click HERE for agenda. [pdf]
Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Hotel and Casino
June 14-16, 2011
Click HERE for presentations.
Click HERE for agenda. [pdf]
Optional NSR Consultation Session Agenda, June 13, 2011:
Click HERE for NSR agenda. [pdf]
Last updated: February 25, 2015