November Is Native American Heritage Month

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November Is Native American Heritage Month
and Lung Cancer Awareness Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is committed to working with tribes to develop and implement Clean Air Act (CAA) programs in Indian country. EPA awards CAA grants to help build tribal knowledge and increase tribes’ capacity to manage indoor air quality (IAQ) issues that can cause lung damage and contribute to the development of lung cancer. Tribal IAQ programs have formed partnerships with EPA to tackle such issues as radon, asthma, and mold and moisture through IAQ trainings.

Navajo Nation Radon Program

The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency Radon Program serves as a liaison between several governmental and tribal organizations to address uranium contamination. In addition, the radon program focuses on educating students and teachers in Navajo immersion schools on the importance of testing for radon and other issues associated with poor IAQ.

Tulalip Tribes Indoor Air Program

The Tulalip Tribes Indoor Air Program focuses on culturally relevant education and outreach, with the goal of reducing environmental exposures that can induce or exacerbate health problems, including asthma. To increase the impact of their program and to help regional tribes improve their indoor air programs, the Tulalip Tribes recently initiated the Healthy Homes Working Group.

Bois Forte Indoor Air Quality Program

The Bois Forte Indoor Air Quality Program’s hard work and strategic planning shaped a nationally recognized IAQ program that has achieved outstanding, measurable results for its community’s health.


Upcoming Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
Air Quality Trainings

December 4–6, 2017

Fundamentals of Air Monitoring

Las Vegas, NV

January 9–12, 2018

Introduction to Tribal Air Quality

Flagstaff, AZ

February 6–9, 2018

Indoor Air Quality Diagnostic Tools

Las Vegas, NV

ITEP works in collaboration with tribes and EPA.

Learn more about Native American Heritage Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month by visiting the following sites:



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