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Welcome to Virgil Masayesva Memorial Website!

Virgil MasayesvaOn March 16, 2005, Indian Country lost an extraordinary leader, Virgil Masayesva.

Virgil was the co-founder and director of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. As a director, Virgil directed and managed ITEP's tribal environmental training programs and was instrumental in establishing ITEP's air quality programs including the American Indian Air Quality Training Program and the Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center and many other programs dedicated to the protection and preservation of tribal resources and tribal environmental management.

Tribes throughout the country have benefited from the environmental trainings, professional assistances, and conferences that ITEP provides. Through Virgil's work and commitment in providing trainings, he has changed the direction of tribal resources and the development of environmental management in Indian country forever.

Virgil Masayesva Tribal Air Programs Excellence Award:
Virgil Masayesva was the Director of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University from it's inception until his passing in 2005. Virgil is commemorated for his leadership, dedication, innovation and commitment to the support of tribal air programs; their creation, development, advancement and ultimate success in promoting tribal sovereignty, tribal culture and tribal environmental protection. This award was developed to recognize and perpetuate continuing contributions to that legacy.

Nominations are now open for the Virgil Masayesva Tribal Air Programs Excellence Award!
Tribal environmental professionals, tribal programs, and environmental professionals in consortia, universities or other areas who have excelled in air quality protection efforts in Indian country. EPA, TAMS, and ITEP staff are ineligible for this award.

Past recipients
2015 Nomination Form

Deadline For 2015 please send nomination forms and supporting information to Darlene Santos at the TAMS Center by February 27, 2015. Award will be given out at the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF).

Scholarship information:
Virgil Masayesva Scholarship information brochure
Virgil Masayesva Scholarship recipients


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