National Tribal Air Association
The National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) today published the Status of Tribal Air Report (STAR) on the official National Tribal Air Association website. The National Tribal Air Association’s Status of Tribal Air Report is an annual publication intended to provide an understanding of the importance and impact of tribal air programs. Tribal needs, priorities, and recommendations are outlined, as well as the successes and challenges experienced by environmental professionals, which are highlighted by way of personal narratives submitted by the tribes themselves. A budget analysis appendix is included in each annual edition of the Status of Tribal Air Report, and over the years a variety of other appendices have served to underscore important and relevant topics.
National Tribal Air Association Chairwoman Carol Kriebs wrote in the Status of Tribal Air Report that, “Through all the uncertainty and budgetary struggles, the National Tribal Air Association has remained a consistent and reliable cornerstone on which tribes know they can place their trust. The 2021 Status of Tribal Air Report aims to not only demonstrate the excellent work of tribes across the country, but to advocate for increased investment by the federal government in tribal air programs.”
The Status of Tribal Air Report includes a budget analysis that provides specific recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other national leadership on how to increase funding for tribal air programs. The primary author of the budget analysis, Joy Wiecks, who represents National Tribal Air Association’s Member tribes in Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, said, “The Status of Tribal Air Report budget analysis spells out the need for the Environmental Protection Agency to consider increasing funding to tribal air programs that address both inflation and increased health care costs.”
National Tribal Air Association Senior Research Specialist Dara Marks-Marino compiled the diverse stories from around Indian Country that demonstrate the successes and challenges of tribal air programs. The Status of Tribal Air Report includes over 40 stories from around Indian Country and “strives to underscore the importance, value, and impact of tribal air programs through narratives submitted by tribes, outlining their successes and challenges,” said Ms. Marks-Marino. “The inclusion of regionally and nationally vetted priorities and program focus areas serves to highlight the areas in which tribes’ greatest needs exist.”
To help readers navigate the 130-page report, National Tribal Air Association will be hosting a national webinar on Monday, June 14th at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET. This webinar will provide an overview of the Status of Tribal Air Report, share the stories within the Status of Tribal Air Report, and provide the specific recommendations for national leadership to advance air quality on and around tribal lands.