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Media Advisory - - U.S. EPA hosts 12th annual tribal conference tomorrow in San Francisco

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Contact Information: Laura Gentile, Press Office, U.S. EPA, desk 415.947.4227, cell, 415/760-9161

SAN FRANCISCO – Tomorrow over 500 tribal leaders and environmental managers from hundreds of tribes in California, Arizona and Nevada will be meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to discuss environmental concerns and to recognize accomplishments.

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Terry Tamminen, Secretary for Cal EPA, will be the guest speaker.

This meeting represents an opportunity to hear about the progress that tribes have made in protecting reservation air, land and water resources. Reporters will also have the opportunity to talk to EPA managers and tribal leaders about environmental issues faced by tribes such as poor drinking water, open dumping and other topics.

The EPA program directors will be making presentations from 11-12 pm on specific environmental priorities regarding air, water and waste.

Wednesday, October 27th from 8 am – 6:30 pm

Holiday Inn Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Avenue @California, San Francisco

Laura Yoshii, Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA
Terry Tamminen, Secretary, Cal EPA
Tribal leaders from over 100 tribes
Directors of U.S. EPA’s water, waste, air, superfund, and public affairs divisions

8 a.m. -- tribal drum group will perform with Native American tribal chairmen presenting tribal flags
12-1 p.m. -- colorful tribal dance presentation and luncheon
5-6 p.m. -- tribal dance presentation at 5 pm, followed by guest speaker Terry Tamminen