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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Directory of Tribal Indoor Air Quality Champions

Find IAQ champions working in tribal communities. Contact them today to hear about their innovative approaches or discuss collaborations.

(The Directory was last updated on May 17, 2012)

IAQ champions working in tribal communities
State Organization Information
Alaska Iqurmiut Traditional Council Address: P.O. Box 42, Russian Mission, AK 99657
Contact: Rose Alexie (
Phone: (907) 584-5621
Fax: (907) 584-5593
Alaska Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP)

Address; 731 E. 8th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501
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
Phone: 1-907-279-2511

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.

Alaksa Newhalen Tribal Council

Address: P.O. Box 207, Newhalen, Alaska 99606
Contact: Ronald Wassillie, Environmental Coordinator
Phone: (907) 571-1720

Alaska Yakutat Tlingit Tribe

Address: P.O. Box 418, Yakutat, AK 99689
Contact: MaryAnn Porter (, Environmental Director
Phone: (907) 784-3238 ex. 236
Fax: (907) 784-3595

Alaska Yukon Kuskokwim Office of Environmental Health and Air Quality

Address:P.O. Box 2353 Bethel, AK 99559
Contact: Brian Berube (, Environmental Health Officer
Fax: (907) 543-6425

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

Alabama Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Barney WhiteBarney White
Address: 5811 Jack Springs Rd. Atmore, AL 36502
Contact: Barnie White (, Environmental Health Specialist
Phone: (251) 368-9136 (2316)
Fax: (251) 368-0834

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

Arizona Arizona Department of Health Services
Michael Allison

Michael Allison

Native American Liaison, Office of the Director

Address:150 N. 18th. Ave., Suite 595, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Contact: Michael Allison ( )
Phone: (602) 364-1041
Fax: (602) 542-1062

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.

Arizona Gila River Indian Community/Casa Blanca Community Schools

Address: P.O. Box 10940, Bapchule, AZ 85121
Contact: John J. Uhlik (
Phone: (520) 705-6013
Fax: (520) 315-3938

Arizona Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (20 Tribes)

Address: 2214 North Central Avenue, Suite 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Contact: Elaine Wilson ( Environmental Quality Program Director

Read the Spotlight on their Particulate Matter Program
Arizona Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Northern Arizona University
Tribal Environmental Education Outreach Program (TEEOP)

Address: PO Box 5768, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011
Contact: Mansel A. Nelson (, Program Coordinator
Phone: (928) 523-1275
Fax: (928) 523-1280
Follow the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals on FaceBook

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.

Arizona Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency Radon Program

Address: Old DNR Building - Window Rock Blvd. - (Building # 2695)
P.O. Box 339
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
Contact: Vivian Craig ( or ), Environmental Specialist
Phone: (928) 871-7863
Fax: (928) 871-6757

Read the Tribal Spotlight on the Navajo Nation EPA Radon Program

Arizona Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona

Address: 7490 S. Camino de Oeste, Tuscan, AZ 85757
Contact: Reuben Tapia Howard, Executive Director (, Health Programs
Phone: (520) 879-6000
Fax: (520) 879-6221

Issue Area: Asthma and other related diseases.

Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health University of Arizona (Navajo)
Agnes AttakaiAgnes Attakai

Address: P.O. Box 245210
1295 N. Martin Ave., Tuscan, AZ 85724
Contact: Agnes Attakai (, Director Health Disparities Outreach and Prevention Education
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.

California North Fork Rancheria Tribal Government Office

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

Idaho Nez Perce Tribal ERWM Air Quality Program

Address: P.O. Box 365, Lapwai, Idaho 83540
Contact: Johna Boulafentis (, Environmental Outreach Specialist
Phone: (208) 843-9381
Fax: (208) 843-7411

Maine Penobscot Nation

Address: 12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, Maine 04468
Contact: Bill Thompson (, Air Quality Program Manager
Phone: (207) 827-7776 (7308)

Minnesota The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

Tribal Government - Nett Lake
Address: 5344 Lakeshore Drive, PO Box 16, Nett Lake, MN 55772
Phone: (218) 757-3261 or

Fax: (218) 757-3312

Maine Bois Forte Tribal Government - Vermilion

Address: 1610 Farm Road South, Tower, MN 55790
Phone: (218) 753-4905
Fax: 218-753-4055

Minnesota Fond du Lac Reservation

Fon du Lac Human Services
Address: 927 Trettel Lane, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720
Contact: Amy Zacher (, Public Health Nurse
Phone: (218) 878-2133

Contact Jessica Linde (, Pharmacist, Asthma Educator
Phone: (218) 878-2157
Fax: (218) 878-3739

Minnesota Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Address: 15756 State 371 NW, Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633
Contact: Brandy Toft (, Air Quality Specialist
Phone: (218) 335-7429

Minnesota Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Address: 43408 Oodena Dr., Onamia, Minnesota 56359
Contact: Charlie Lippert (, Air Quality Technician
Phone: (320) 532-4704
Fax: (320) 532-7514

Montana Blackfeet Tribe

Address: P.O. Box 2029, Browning, MT 59417
Contact: Tony Sinclair (
Phone: (406) 338-7421
Fax: (406) 338-7421

Montana Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes Office of Environmental Protection

Office of Environmental Education
Address: 603 Court Avenue, Box 1027, Poplar, Montana 59255
Contact: Vina Smith (, Environmental Educator
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.

Montana Native Asthma Intervention and Reduction (AIR) Program

Montana State University Extension Service
Address: Taylor Hall, Bozeman, Montana 59717
Contact: Barbara Allen (
Phone: (406) 994-3451

Read the Spotlight on their Innovative Asthma Program

Montana Peaks to Prairies Tribal Pollution Prevention Workgroup

Address: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717
Contact: Myla Kelly (, Coordinator
Phone: (406) 994-6948

Issue Area: Healthy schools and the Tribal P2 Program.

Nebraska Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Environmental Protection Department
Address: P.O. Box 687, Winnebago, NE 68071
Contact: Joseph Painter (, A.Q.S./ S.W.S.
Phone: (402) 878-4060 Ext. 1003
Fax: (402) 878-4059

Contact: Christina Lee, Pesticide Circuit Rider
Phone: (402) 878-4060 Ext. 1006
Fax: (402) 878-4059

New Mexico National Tribal Environmental Council

National Tribal Air Association
Address: 4520 Montgomery Blvd., NW, Suite 3, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
Contact: Ondrea Barber, NTAA Program Director
Phone: (505) 242-2175
Fax: (505) 242-2654

Read the Spotlight on their Air Program

New York Erie County Department of Environment and Planning
Government of Erie County, New York

Office for Indoor Air Quality Indoor Air Quality Information Line
Phone: (716) 858-6200

New York St. Regis Mohawk Tribe

Environment Division
Air Quality Program
Address: 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, Akewsasne, New York 13655
Contact: Air Quality Program (, Air Quality Program
Phone: (518) 358-5937
Fax: (518) 358-6252

New York St. Regis Mohawk School/Tribe

Address: P.O. Box 931 Akwesane, NY 13655
Contact: Troy Mitchell (
Phone: (518) 358-2763

Address: 45 Factory RD Bombay, NY 12914

Contact: Charles Foster

Phone: (518) 651-7830

Nevada Walker River Paiute Tribe

Address: P.O. Box 220, Schurz, Nevada 86427
Contact: Corey Tom, Environmental Director
Phone: (775) 773-2306 x323

Oklahoma Absentee Shawnee Training Institute (ASTI)

Address: P.O. Box 247, Tecumseh, Oklahoma 75873
Contact: Renee’ Genise Hood (, MPH RS, RPES, Executive Director
Phone: (405) 273-9966
Fax: (405) 273-9865

Oklahoma Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Office of Environmental Protection
Address: 2025 S Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
Contact: Renee' Genise Hood (, MPH RS, RPES, Environmental Director
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.

Oklahoma Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Address: 10080 South Bluejacket Rd., Wyandotte, OK 74370
Contact: Bob Haskins (, Air Quality Officer
Phone: (918) 666-515
Fax: (918) 666-1590

Contact:Roxane Weldon
Phone: (918) 666-5151 ext 1040
Fax: (918) 666-1590

Oklahoma Miami Tribe of Oklahoma

Environmental Department
Address:P.O. Box 1326, Miami, OK 74355
Contact: Roger Nagl (, Indoor Air Quality Specialist
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.

Oklahoma Pawnee Indian Health Clinic

Address: 1201 Heritage Circle, Pawnee, OK 74058
Contact: Renee Raney-Cravens (, PHN Supervisor
Phone: (918) 762-6722

South Dakota Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board
Karen WorkmanKaren Workman

Northern Plains Tobacco Prevention Project
Address: 1770 Rand Road Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Contact: Karen A. Workman (, Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Program Manager
Phone: (605) 721-1922 (121)
Fax: (605) 721-1932

Contact: Barbara (Bobbie) Jacobs (, Northern Plains Healthy Start Director
Phone: (605) 721-1922 (137)
Fax: (605) 721-1932

Contact: Favian Kennedy (, Project Director
Phone: (605) 721-1922
Fax: (605) 721-1932

South Dakota Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Department of Environmental and Natural Resources
Address: P.O. Box 590 SO. Willow & Airport Rd., Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Contact: David D. Nelson (, Environmental Director
Phone: (605) 964-6558
Contact: Carlyle Ducheneaux
Phone: (605) 964-6558

Washington Tulalip Healthy Homes Northwest
Gillian MittelstaedtGillian Mittelstaedt

Contact: Gillian Mittelstaedt (, Indoor Air Quality Contact
Phone: (206) 498-4371

Read the Spotlight on Healthy Homes Working Group – Tulalip Tribes of Washington

Wisconsin Bad River Band of Chippewa

Address: 72682 Maple St., Odanah, Wisconsin 54861
Contact: Nathan Kilger (, Air Quality Specialist
Phone: (715) 682-7123
Fax: (715) 682-7118

Wisconsin Ho-Chuck Nation

Office of Environmental Health
Address: P.O. Box 636, Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615
Contact: Pamela Larson (, Tribal Sanitarian
Phone: (715) 284-9851 (5011)
Fax: (715) 284-9592

Wisconsin Menominee Tribal Clinic

Address: P.O. Box 970, Keshena, Wisconsin 54135
Contact: Sue Warrington (, Family Nurse Practitioner
Phone: (715) 799-3361
Fax: (715) 799-5846

Wisconsin Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes

Address: 1011 Main Street, P.O. Box 265, Gresham, WI 54128
Contact: Scott R. Vele (, Executive Director
Phone: (715) 787-4494
Fax: (715) 787-4468