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Directory of Tribal Champions

Find IAQ champions working in tribal communities. Contact them today to hear about their innovative approaches or discuss collaborations. See also the U.S. EPA Regional Offices which have contacts for indoor air and tribal issues. Would you like to be listed in the directory? See EPA's American Indian Tribal Portal for more resources. The Directory was last updated on May 17, 2012.

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Alaska (AK)
Iqurmiut Traditional Council
P.O. Box 42, Russian Mission, AK 99657
Contact: Rose Alexie
Email: rmigap@yahoo.com
Phone: (907) 584-5621 / Fax: (907) 584-5593
Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurALCAP)
731 E. 8th Ave Anchorage, AK 99501
Website: www.ruralcap.com exiting EPA

Toll-free: 1-800-478-7227 x7399 or 279-2511 x7399
Direct: 865-7399
Toll-free Fax: 1-800-478-6343
Contact: Sonia Vent, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Email: rluhrs@ruralcap.com
Phone: 1-907-279-2511

Issue Area: The RuralCAP staff focuses on IAQ Education in homes by distributing kits. They also provide training opportunities for VISTA/AmeriCorps members, energy crew leaders in rural AK community.

Newhalen Tribal Council
P.O. Box 207, Newhalen, Alaska 99606
Contact: Ronald Wassillie, Environmental Coordinator
Email: ronwassillie@hotmail.com
Phone: (907) 571-1720
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe
P.O. Box 418, Yakutat, AK 99689
Contact: MaryAnn Porter, Environmental Director
Email: tmaporter@ytttribe.org
Phone: (907) 784-3238 ex. 236 / Fax: (907) 784-3595
Yukon Kuskokwim Office of Environmental Health and Air Quality
P.O. Box 2353 Bethel, AK 99559
Website: www.ykhc.org exiting EPA

Contact: Brian Berube, Environmental Health Officer
Email: brian_berube@ykhc.org 
Phone: (907) 543-6422 / Fax: (907) 543-6425

Issue Area: Indoor air quality as it relates to asthma.

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Alabama (AL)
Barnie White

Barnie White

Poarch Band of Creek Indians
5811 Jack Springs Rd. Atmore, AL 36502
Contact: Barnie White, Environmental Health Specialist
Email: bwhite@nspbci.nashville.ihs.gov 
Phone: (251) 368-9136 (2316) / Fax: (251) 368-0834

Issue Area:
Learning to build an indoor air quality program.

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Arizona (AZ)
Michael Allison

Michael Allison

Arizona Department of Health Services
Native American Liaison, Office of the Director
150 N. 18th. Ave., Suite 595, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Contact: Michael Allison
Email: Michael.Alison@azdhs.gov
Phone: (602) 364-1041 / Fax: (602) 542-1062

Issue Area: Serves as an advocate, resource and communication link between the Department and Arizona's Native American health care community comprised of twenty-one tribal health offices, three Urban Indian Health Programs, three Indian Health Service Area Offices, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., and other agencies and entities providing direct or indirect public health services to Arizona's Native American communities. Additionally, serves as an internal resource to Department staff on Native American issues, and representing the Department on Native American boards and commissions.

Gila River Indian Community/Casa Blanca Community Schools
P.O. Box 10940, Bapchule, AZ 85121
Website: www.cbcschools.com exiting EPA
Contact: John J. Uhlik
Email: juhlik@cbcschools.com
Phone: (520) 705-6013 / Fax: (520) 315-3938
Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (20 Tribes)
2214 North Central Avenue, Suite 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Contact: Elaine Wilson, Environmental Quality Program Director
Email: elaine.wilson@itcaonline.com

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Northern Arizona University
Tribal Environmental Education Outreach Program (TEEOP)
PO Box 5768, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011
Website: www.nau.edu/itep exiting EPA
Contact: Mansel A. Nelson, Program Coordinator
Email: mansel.nelson@nau.edu   
Phone: (928) 523-1275 / Fax: (928) 523-1280

Read the Spotlight on their Programs in Schools

Issue Area: The TEEOP staff uses EPA's Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Action Kit and a curriculum from Oregon State University called Hydroville to introduce IAQ issues and measurements to tribal environmental professionals, teachers of native students, and tribal students. The staff also uses an IAQ Kit consisting of instruments to measure carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, temperature, relative humidity, etc., to conduct IAQ Building Assessments on tribal buildings and tribal schools.
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
7490 S. Camino de Oeste, Tuscan, AZ 85757
Contact: Reuben Tapia Howard, Executive Director, Health Programs
Email: Reuben.Howard@pascuayaqui-nsn.gov 
Phone: (520) 879-6000 / Fax: (520) 879-6221

Issue Area: Asthma and other related diseases.
Agnes Attakia

Agnes Attakia

Zuckerman College of Public Health University of Arizona (Navajo)
P.O. Box 245210/ 1295 N. Martin Ave., Tuscan, AZ 85724
Website: www.publichealth.arizona.edu exiting EPA
Contact: Agnes Attakai, Director Health Disparities Outreach and Prevention Education
Email: agnesa@email.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-4727 / Fax: (520) 626-8009

Issue Area: Mold exposure on tribal lands and risk factors for asthma. Indoor air pollution exposure and asthma in American Indian communities.

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California (CA)
North Fork Rancheria Tribal Government Office
P.O. Box 929 33143 Rd. 222, North Fork, California 93643
Contact: Christina McDonald, Environmental Director
Phone: (559) 877-2461 / Fax: (559) 877-2467

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Idaho (ID)
Nez Perce Tribal ERWM Air Quality Program
P.O. Box 365, Lapwai, Idaho 83540
Website: www.nezperce.org exiting EPA
Contact: Johna Boulafentis, Environmental Outreach Specialist
Email: johnab@nezperce.org
Phone: (208) 843-9381 / Fax: (208) 843-7411

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Maine (ME)
Penobscot Nation
12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, Maine 04468
Contact: Bill Thompson, Air Quality Program Manager
Email: bill.thompson@penobscotnation.org 
Phone: (207) 827-7776 (7308)

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Minnesota (MN)
The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
Website: www.boisforte.com/index.htm exiting EPA
Tribal Government - Nett Lake
5344 Lakeshore Drive, PO Box 16, Nett Lake, MN 55772
Phone: (218) 757-3261 or 1-877-528-8519 / Fax: (218) 757-3312
Bois Forte Tribal Government - Vermilion
1610 Farm Road South, Tower, MN 55790
Phone: (218) 753-4905 / Fax: 218-753-4055
 
Bois Forte Indoor Air Quality Program
Contact: Tonya Conner, Environmental Health Specialist
Website: www.boisforte.com/divisions/dnr.htm exiting EPA
Phone: (218) 757-3261
Email: tconner@boisforte-nsn.gov

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Fond du Lac Reservation
Fon du Lac Human Services
927 Trettel Lane, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720
Website: www.fdlrez.com exiting EPA
Contact: Amy Zacher, Public Health Nurse, Email: amyzacher@fdlrez.com
Phone: (218) 878-2133
Contact: Jessica Linde, Pharmacist, Asthma Educator, Email: jessicalinde@fdlrez.com
Phone: (218) 878-2157 / Fax: (218) 878-3739
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
15756 State 371 NW, Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633
Contact: Brandy Toft, Air Quality Specialist
Email: air@lldrm.org
Phone: (218) 335-7429
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
43408 Oodena Dr., Onamia, Minnesota 56359
Contact: Charlie Lippert, Air Quality Technician
Email: Charlie.Lippert@milllelacsband.com 
Phone: (320) 532-4704 / Fax: (320) 532-7514

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Montana (MT)
Blackfeet Tribe
P.O. Box 2029, Browning, MT 59417
Contact: Tony Sinclair
Email: elkster@3rivers.net
Phone: (406) 338-7421 / Fax: (406) 338-7421
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes Office of Environmental Protection
Office of Environmental Education
603 Court Avenue, Box 1027, Poplar, Montana 59255
Contact: Vina Smith, Environmental Educator
Email: 2cookies@nemontel.net
Phone: (406) 768-2340 / Fax: (406) 768-5606

Issue Area:
The Office of Environmental Protection (OEP) firmly believes that the future of environmental management and preservation of Reservation natural resources lies with the youth of the Fort Peck Reservation. To this end, the OEP has one of the nation's few Environmental Education and Outreach Programs. The program’s primary purpose is to teach Reservation youth about the different types of pollution, potential effects and consequences, and conservation efforts that they can implement on a local level.
Native Asthma Intervention and Reduction (AIR) Program
Montana State University Extension Service
Taylor Hall, Bozeman, Montana 59717
Website: www.nativeasthma.org exiting EPA
Contact: Barbara Allen
Email: blallen@montana.edu
Phone: (406) 994-3451

Read the Spotlight on their Innovative Asthma Program
Peaks to Prairies Tribal Pollution Prevention Workgroup
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717
Website: www.tribalp2.org exiting EPA
Contact: Myla Kelly, Coordinator
Email: myla.kelly@montana.edu 
Phone: (406) 994-6948

Issue Area: Healthy schools and the Tribal P2 Program.

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Nebraska (NE)
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Environmental Protection Department
P.O. Box 687, Winnebago, NE 68071
Website: www.winnebagotribe.com exiting EPA
Contact: Joseph Painter, A.Q.S./ S.W.S.
Email: bago_Air@yahoo.com 
Phone: (402) 878-4060 Ext. 1003 / Fax: (402) 878-4059
Contact: Christina Lee, Pesticide Circuit Rider
Email: winnebagopesticide@yahoo.com
Phone: (402) 878-4060 Ext. 1006 / Fax: (402) 878-4059

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New Mexico (NM)
National Tribal Environmental Council
National Tribal Air Association
4520 Montgomery Blvd., NW, Suite 3, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
Website: www.ntec.org exiting EPA
Contact: Ondrea Barber, NTAA Program Director
Phone: (505) 242-2175 / Fax: (505) 242-2654

Read the Spotlight on their Air Program

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New York (NY)
Government of Erie County, New York
Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
Office for Indoor Air Quality Indoor Air Quality Information Line - (716) 858-6200
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Environment Division
412 State Route 37, Akewsasne, New York 13655
Website: www.srmtenv.org exiting EPA
Contact: Marlene Thompson, Air Quality Technician
Email: marlene.thompson@srmt-nsn.gov 
Phone: (518) 358-5937 (128) / Fax: (518) 358-6252
St. Regis Mohawk School/Tribe
Website: www.srk12.org exiting EPA
P.O. Box 931 Akwesane, NY 13655

Contact: Troy Mitchell
Email: tmichell@srk12.org
Phone: (518) 358-2763

45 Factory RD Bombay, NY 12914
Contact: Charles Foster
Email: clavare@mohawkpalace.com
Phone: (518) 651-7830

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Nevada (NV)
Walker River Paiute Tribe
P.O. Box 220, Schurz, Nevada 86427
Contact: Corey Tom, Environmental Director
Email: ctom@wrpt.us
Phone: (775) 773-2306 x323

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Oklahoma (OK)
Absentee Shawnee Training Institute (ASTI)
P.O. Box 247, Tecumseh, Oklahoma 75873
Website: www.a-s-t-i.org/index.html exiting EPA
Contact: Renee’ Genise Hood, MPH RS, RPES, Executive Director
Email: a-s-t-i@live.com 
Phone: (405) 273-9966 / Fax: (405) 273-9865
Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Office of Environmental Protection
2025 S Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
Contact: Renee' Genise Hood, MPH RS, RPES, Environmental Director
Email: reneeh@astribe.com 
Phone: (405) 273-9966 / Fax: (405) 273-9865

Issue Area:
Through the tribal Brownfields Response and Job Training Programs, the AST has been able to obtain training accreditations for Asbestos worker, contractor/supervisor, Inspector and Manager/Planner credentials which are licensable through the State of Oklahoma. We also provide training on mold abatement and sampling using the model training program developed by EPA. This allows us to train our own people to address two of the most widespread issues in our area with indoor air quality. Through our job training program we are able to share this training with other member of our community and through ASTI, we will soon be able to share it with our fellow tribes facing similar concerns across the country.
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
10080 South Bluejacket Rd., Wyandotte, OK 74370
Contact: Bob Haskins, Air Quality Officer
Email: bhaskins@estoo.net 
Phone: (918) 666-5151 / Fax: (918) 666-1590
 

10080 South Bluejacket Rd, Wyandotte, OK 74370
Contact: Roxane Weldon
Email: rweldon@estoo.net
Phone: (918) 666-5151 ext 1040 / Fax: (918) 666-1590

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Environmental Department
P.O. Box 1326, Miami, OK 74355
Website: www.miamination.com exiting EPA
Contact: Roger Nagl, Indoor Air Quality Specialist
Email: rnagl@miamination.com
Phone: (918) 541-7885 / Fax: (918) 542-3171

Issue Area: The Environmental Department is working on lead, mold, radon and carbon monoxide testing and evaluation. Currently instituting a healthy home program and starting to do home energy audits.
Pawnee Indian Health Clinic
1201 Heritage Circle, Pawnee, OK 74058
Contact: Renee Raney-Cravens, PHN Supervisor
Email: renee.cravens@ihs.gov 
Phone: (918) 762-6722

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South Dakota (SD)
Karen Workman

Karen Workman

Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board
Northern Plains Tobacco Prevention Project
1770 Rand Road Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Website: http://gptchb.org exiting EPA
Contact: Karen A. Workman, Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Program Manager
Email: karen.workman@gptchb.org
Phone: (605) 721-1922 (121) / Fax: (605) 721-1932
Contact: Barbara (Bobbie) Jacobs, Northern Plains Healthy Start Director
Email: nphsdir@aatchb.org
Phone: (605) 721-1922 (137) / Fax: (605) 721-1932
Contact: Favian Kennedy, Project Director
Email: researchone@aatchb.org
Phone: (605) 721-1922 / Fax: (605) 721-1932

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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
P.O. Box 590 SO. Willow & Airport Rd., Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Website: www.crstepd.org exiting EPA
Contact: David D. Nelson, Environmental Director
Email: dnelson@crstepd.org
Phone: (605) 964-6558
Contact: Carlyle Ducheneaux
Phone: (605) 964-6558

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Washington (WA)
Gillian Mittelstaedt

Gillian Mittelstaedt

Tulalip Healthy Homes Northwest
Contact: Gillian Mittelstaedt, Indoor Air Quality Contact
Phone: (206) 498-4371
Website: http://thhnw.org/ exiting EPA
Email: gmittelstaedt@thhnw.org
 

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Wisconsin (WI)
Bad River Band of Chippewa
72682 Maple St., Odanah, Wisconsin 54861
Contact: Nathan Kilger, Air Quality Specialist
Email: airquality@badriver-nsn.gov
Phone: (715) 682-7123 / Fax: (715) 682-7118
Ho-Chunk Nation
Office of Environmental Health
P.O. Box 636, Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615
U.S. Website: www.ho-chunknation.com exiting EPA
Contact: Pamela Larson, Tribal Sanitarian
Email: pam.larson@ho-chunk.com
Phone: (715) 284-9851 (5011) / Fax: (715) 284-9592
Menominee Tribal Clinic
P.O. Box 970, Keshena, Wisconsin 54135
Contact: Sue Warrington, Family Nurse Practitioner
Email: suew@mtclinic.net
Phone: (715) 799-3361 / Fax: (715) 799-5846
Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes
1011 Main Street, P.O. Box 265, Gresham, WI 54128
Website: www.m-a-s-t.org exiting EPA
Contact: Scott R. Vele, Executive Director
Email: m.a.s.t@frontiernet.net 
Phone: (715) 787-4494 / Fax: (715) 787-4468
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