Regional Tribal Environmental Health Summit Webinar Series

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) invite you to join us for a webinar series that will continue connecting people from different backgrounds and Tribes, communities, federal agencies, Tribal organizations and state and local entities to address various environmental health and environmental justice issues of mutual concern across all regions as well as issues specific to individual regions as we did in our physical summits.

The webinars will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET (12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT).


Learning Topics


Earthquake safety and earthquake warning
Earthquakes can pose a major threat to tribes across the US. This webinar will explore the causes of earthquakes and the effects of earthquake shaking on communities, including downstream hazards like tsunamis, landslides, and liquefaction. What can we do to prepare for quakes before they happen? How can the new ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system be used to alert tribal communities and secure utilities, hospitals, and schools?
Objectives: Earthquake hazards (on the west coast specifically or in the US at large, depending on the audience interest); How tribes can begin to approach comprehensive earthquake safety; Proactive steps to get access to the publicly funded ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system.
Speaker: Gabriel Lotto


Mining Reclamation

This webinar will explore sustainable and responsible approaches to land reclamation in mining areas. The goal is to empower tribal communities by providing insights into the processes, benefits and opportunities associated with responsible mining reclamation.

Key Topics:

  1. Understanding Mining Reclamation
  2. Environmental Stewardship
  3. Legal and Regulatory Framework
  4. Partnerships and Resources

Speakers: Perry Charley


Energy Transition for Tribal Communities
Join us for an enlightening webinar on Energy Transition for Tribal Communities. Discover how indigenous tribes are leading the way in sustainable energy practices, harnessing renewable resources, and preserving their cultural heritage. Learn from experts and community leaders about the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to clean energy, fostering economic growth, and ensuring a greener future for generations to come.

Speakers: wendolyn holland and Cherie Smith


Superfunds Sites

Superfund sites in tribal country refer to environmentally contaminated areas located within or near Native American reservations that are designated for cleanup under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). These sites pose significant threats to both the environment and the health of indigenous communities, often resulting from historical industrial practices or hazardous waste disposal. The intersection of environmental justice and tribal sovereignty is a key aspect of addressing these challenges, as Native American communities advocate for a voice in the cleanup process, cultural considerations, and the restoration of their lands. The management and remediation of Superfund sites in tribal areas require collaborative efforts between federal agencies, tribal governments, and local communities to ensure a comprehensive and culturally sensitive approach to environmental restoration and protection."

Speakers: Summer King and Aubrey Racz


Extreme Weather Preparedness

Extreme Weather Preparedness in Tribal Country explores the unique challenges and solutions surrounding the preparedness of indigenous communities for severe weather events. Focused on tribal regions, this topic delves into the cultural, geographical, and socio-economic factors that influence how these communities experience and respond to extreme weather conditions. The discussion encompasses traditional knowledge, community resilience, and the integration of modern technologies to enhance preparedness and mitigate the impact of events such as floods, wildfires, and storms. By acknowledging the specific needs and dynamics of tribal areas, this exploration aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of how these communities can build adaptive strategies that honor their heritage while ensuring the safety and well-being of their residents in the face of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.

Disaster preparedness- Aliza Bolling


Lead Paint Testing

Lead exposure remains a significant health concern, especially in older housing and community spaces. In this informative session, we will explore the importance of lead paint testing, its implications for health and well-being, and practical strategies for addressing hazards in Tribal Communities.

Key Topics:

  1. Health Implications
  2. Testing Techniques
  3. Mitigation Strategies
  4. Community Empowerment
  5. Compliance and Regulation

Speakers: Jack Parisien


Brownfield Redevelopment

Join us for an informative webinar that explores the critical topic of Brownfield Redevelopment. Brownfields are abandoned or underutilized properties with potential environmental contamination, and this webinar will focus on empowering tribal communities to revitalize these spaces for the benefit of their people and the environment.

Key Topics: (Can workshop these)

  1. Understanding Brownfields
  2. Regulatory Frameworks
  3. Funding and Resources
  4. Environmental Justice
  5. Community Engagement

Speakers: Leslie Hunt

Rescheduled for May 15

Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management in tribal country refers to the systematic and sustainable handling, disposal, and recycling of waste materials within indigenous communities. In these regions, where cultural, environmental, and socio-economic factors play pivotal roles, effective waste management becomes crucial for maintaining ecological balance and preserving traditional ways of life. This involves community-driven initiatives that integrate indigenous knowledge and practices with modern waste management strategies to address the unique challenges faced by tribal populations. Balancing the need for waste reduction, recycling, and environmental preservation with respect for cultural heritage, Solid Waste Management in tribal areas aims to foster a harmonious coexistence between sustainable development and the preservation of indigenous values.

Key Topics:

  1. Cultural Integration in Waste Management Practices
  2. Community-Led Sustainable Solutions
  3. Environmental Conservation and Biodiversity Protection
  4. Challenges and Innovations in Tribal Solid Waste Management

Speakers: Mansel Nelson

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Air Pollution

In tribal country, air pollution poses a multifaceted challenge, intertwining environmental degradation with cultural and societal impacts. The pristine landscapes and traditional lifestyles of indigenous communities are increasingly threatened by the insidious encroachment of air pollutants, emanating from both natural and anthropogenic sources. Traditional practices, deeply rooted in harmony with nature, are disrupted as pollutants infiltrate the air, impacting the health of both the land and its people. The intersection of tribal heritage and the pressing issue of air pollution demands a holistic approach that integrates indigenous knowledge, sustainable practices, and contemporary environmental solutions to safeguard the delicate balance between nature and culture in these unique and vulnerable settings.

Key Topics:

  1. Cultural Resilience and Traditional Practices
  2. Health Impacts on Indigenous Communities
  3. Sustainable Solutions and Indigenous Wisdom
  4. Policy Frameworks for Tribal Environmental Protection

Speakers: Diana Van Vleet

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Health equity in Environmental Health

Health equity in Environmental Health in tribal country addresses the critical intersection of public health and environmental justice within Indigenous communities. This multifaceted topic explores the disparities in health outcomes and environmental conditions faced by tribal populations, emphasizing the need for fair and just distribution of resources, opportunities, and burdens. Examining the impact of environmental factors on the well-being of Indigenous communities, this discourse delves into issues such as access to clean water, exposure to pollutants, and the broader social determinants of health. By acknowledging and addressing these challenges, the pursuit of health equity in tribal environmental health strives to empower Indigenous communities, foster resilience, and promote a sustainable and harmonious relationship between human health and the environment.

Key Topics:

  1. Environmental Justice in Indigenous Communities
  2. Access to Clean Water and Air Quality
  3. Social Determinants of Health in Tribal Contexts
  4. Empowering Indigenous Communities for Sustainable Health

Speakers: Carrie Fields

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Cancer Cluster

Activities to Support Tribal Feedback on the Guidelines for Examining Unusual Patterns of Cancer and Environmental Concerns (Guidelines).

Speakers: TBD

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Environmental Health Workforce Development

Environmental Health Workforce Development in tribal country addresses the crucial need for building a skilled and culturally competent workforce to tackle environmental health challenges within indigenous communities. This initiative focuses on training individuals within tribal nations to understand and address the unique environmental health concerns they face. The program emphasizes the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge and modern environmental science, fostering a workforce capable of implementing sustainable solutions that respect and preserve the cultural heritage of tribal communities. By prioritizing education, skill development, and community engagement, Environmental Health Workforce Development aims to empower indigenous individuals to safeguard their environmental well-being, promoting a harmonious balance between nature, culture, and health.

Key Topics:

  1. Cultural Competency and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Integration
  2. Sustainable Solutions and Community Engagement
  3. Education and Skill Development
  4. Preserving Cultural Heritage in Environmental Health Solutions

Speakers: TBD

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Join us and receive up-to-date resources and information on open and upcoming training and funding opportunities.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information and/or if you have suggestions for webinar topics, please contact Brett Weber at [email protected].

NIHB Contacts:

Brett Weber, MPA
Environmental Health Programs Director

National Indian Health Board
50 F St NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20001
[email protected]

National Indian Health Board
50 F St NW, Suite 600 | Washington, DC 20001 | Phone: 202-507-4070 | Email: [email protected]