Newsletter #2 for November 2012 Official Launch of TUG Program The Tribal Utility Governance (TUG) program has officially launched with a ready-to-s


Newsletter #2 for November 2012

Official Launch of TUG Program

TUG Brochure.pdf

The Tribal Utility Governance (TUG) program has officially launched with a ready-to-share informational brochure.

The program will provide training and technical assistance on utility management, financial and managerial capacity issues for personnel of tribally-owned and operated public water systems (PWS) in U.S. EPA Regions 6, 8, and 9.

TUG training is for tribal government officials, utility board members, water system managers, other decision makers, and staff operating and maintaining tribal public water systems. The first TUG trainings will occur concurrently on February 20, 2013 at the first meetings of several new Native American Water Masters' Association workgroups.

As a partner in this effort, we would appreciate your help in disseminating information about TUG training and formation of new regional NAWMA groups. Copies of the brochure are being printed and more details will be provided soon on potential virtual attendance at these events.

Download the Brochure

TUG partners include: Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), Community Resource Group (CRG), Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) and


Featured Video

This video documents the successful protection of water quality on Native American lands. "Our Water Our Future: Saving Our Tribal Life Force Together" shows the efforts of the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation in Washington in developing water quality standards. Tribal elders and leaders and the directors and staffs of tribal environmental departments recount their experiences.

Our Water, Our Future - YouTube

Our Water, Our Future


Featured Events for Tribal Water Systems


20th Annual Tribal/EPA Conference

November 27-29, 2012 | San Francisco, CA
This annual conference has provided the Tribes with valuable training, networking opportunities, and resource-sharing for two decades. General topics include air, water, land, grants/funding, emergency response, sustainable infrastructure, recycling, climate change, and renewable energy. Learn More.


Utility Management Conference

March 10-13, 2013 | Glendale, AZ
Now, more than ever, water utilities are being tasked to do more with less. Come and learn specific strategies to overcome these challenges and to discuss important topics in addressing water and wastewater management including development, funding, and communication. Learn More.

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Search for Training Opportunities

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Recent Blog Posts & News Articles

Funding targets communities for access to safe water and sanitation
Federal partnerships, USDA funding helping most lacking communities in rural southwest and Alaska.

Rural Development invests in tribal institutions
Tribal land-grant colleges receive federal funding for campus infrastructure improvements.

Water work starts with a plan
Understanding how to develop a QAPP can improve your chances at funding success.

Visit our blog archive for additional articles.

More News from Around the Web

In each edition of this newsletter, we'll link to some of the most interesting and relevant news articles relevant to tribal water and wastewater systems.

Do you know if your waterway is polluted? - New mobile website designed by the U.S. EPA provides water quality data based on your location.

National group touts success of Native vote push - After a non-partisan campaign to improve voter turnout, the National Congress of American Indians is pleased with the result.

Ute Tribe honors 2012 Capital Christmas Tree - Last week a 73' Engleman Spruce located on Ute aboriginal lands was honored as a symbol of strength before being transported to Washington, DC.

November proclaimed National Native American Heritage Month - Proclamation seeks to "celebrate and honor the many ways American Indians and Alaska Natives have enriched our Nation."

Other Recent Blog Posts at

We frequently add new articles to that are relevant to water and wastewater operators and managers at any small or rural system. Here are some of our latest entries:
* Resources & Tips for Water System Emergencies
* Winterizing for Consumers and Small Water Systems
* Podcast offers light-hearted training for operators


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