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Clean Air, Healthy Villages YouTube Series: Indoor Air Quality

In many Alaskan communities, the cold climate means people spend a lot of time indoors in air tight homes and buildings where indoor air pollution and humidity can rise to unhealthy levels. This video highlights sources of indoor air pollution and how to address them.

For more information about protecting air quality in Alaska's Native Villages, see www.epa.gov/region10/tribal/air/alaska.html. Find more in this series in our multimedia section.

EPA Awards $1.2 Million to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Thirty-two assistance agreements, totaling approximately $1.2 million, were selected and funded by the 10 EPA Regions through a competitive grant announcement announced in early 2012. Read the EPA Press Release.

Spotlight on Tribal Champions

Finding Solutions to Improve Radon Testing in Tribes

Peter Diethrich, Manager of Environmental Programs, Southern Ute Indian Tribe of Colorado

As the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, radon has become a serious issue for many tribal communities, including the Southern Ute Indian Tribe of Colorado. Peter Diethrich is the tribe's General Assistance Program, or GAP, Manager of Environmental Programs. The goal of the GAP is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to plan and establish environmental protection programs and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with their individual needs. Once the Southern Ute Tribe developed an efficient solid waste program, Peter was directed by his EPA grant manager to alter the program to include IAQ with an emphasis on radon. Read more. Read spotlights on Tribal Champions.

Asthma in Tribal Communities

Asthma Disparities in Underserved Populations

Gillian Mittelstaedt from the Tulalip Indoor Air Program and Jerry Hause from the Cowlitz Weatherization Assistance Program in Washington state discuss their experiences controlling asthma in the Northwest and in tribal communities who are disproportionately affected by asthma. Listen to the Podcast exiting EPA (MP3, 0:06:17, Get the free media player) | Transcript (TXT, 4 K)

Asthma Radio Campaign

Native American Children Ask for Your Help to Fight Asthma Attacks. Order and promote this asthma radio campaign for your area www.epapsa.com exiting EPA Listen to samples (with English) (MP3, 0:01:00., 1.8 M).

Lakota - Native American Asthma Radio Campaign

Navajo - Native American Asthma Radio Campaign

Anishinaabe - Native American Asthma Radio Campaign


Learn more about asthma and steps to reduce exposure to asthma triggers.

ORIA Tribal Team Strategy and Plan

EPA's Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, or ORIA, has released a strategy and plan to work collaboratively and operate as a single tribal indoor air and radiation program. ORIA has formed a Tribal Team whose mission is to accomplish this goal and improve our effectiveness with tribes. Specifically, the ORIA Tribal Team will: (1) improve communication and collaboration across ORIA, the EPA Regions, and the tribes; (2) enhance our approach and focus using the OAR Tribal Indoor Air and Radiation Strategy and Plan as a guide; and (3) improve accountability to ensure we stay engaged and deliver on our tribal commitments. Read the Strategy and Plan (PDF) (58 pp, 1.2 M, About PDF), April 2013.

For additional information, contact: Jed Harrison, harrison.jed@epa.gov , ORIA Tribal Advisor, (702) 784 8218

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