Newsletter #3 for December 2012 TUG Updates Now on The TUG partners are hard at work behind the scenes updating the Tribal Util


Newsletter #3 for December 2012

TUG Updates Now on

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The TUG partners are hard at work behind the scenes updating the Tribal Utility Governance manual, which will serve as the foundation for next year's TUG trainings.

We've added several new pages to to share information about TUG trainings and Native American Water Masters Association (NAWMA) meetings.

NAMWA Meetings

Two meetings, of the existing California NAWMA groups, are taking place next week. Three additional events, which will be available on the web, are scheduled for the spring.

The TUG instructors will use the Blackboard interactive classroom environment to create engaging training events.


Position Opening: Tribal TA Provider

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The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) has announced a full time, benefits-eligible job opportunity, based at their Phoenix, Arizona office. The Tribal Water Systems Technical Assistance Provider is responsible for planning, coordinating and performing water and wastewater facilities technical assistance and program development and implementation of duties related to environmental protection in Indian Country.

Click here to download the position announcement.


Montana Group Unites Those Who Serve Tribes


Thanks to Pam Higgins for sharing what's going on in her neck of the woods. In this age of needing to do more with less, collaboration and coordination such as in this example are all the more important.

In 2004 EPA initiated a biannual meeting of organizations involved in assisting tribal utility departments in Montana. The group is made up of a diverse mix of federal agencies (IHS, EPA, USDA, and HUD); nonprofits such as the Midwest Assistance Program now Rural Community Assistance Corporation staff and Montana Rural Water; contractors working for state and federal agencies, such as Rural and Tribal Environmental Solutions, and the State of Montana.

The goal of the group is to share information on services being provided and identify needs not being met. Planning for training has been a major focus of the group, but other topics such as responding to emergencies, funding opportunities and operator certification have also been covered. Meetings are limited to twice per year but members of the group frequently follow up on topics between meetings.

In 2011 the group’s federal agencies began coordinating its review of utility projects for which tribes are seeking funding. Through this process agencies have been able to provide technical input on projects which other agencies do not have expertise in. In addition, when funding from several agencies is being sought for a project it has been possible to better coordinate and identify ways to fund large projects. In 2011 participating federal agencies were EPA, IHS and USDA. The group’s goal is to incorporate other agencies to the extent they are interested and available.

On December 20, 2012 the Montana Tribal Technical Assistance group will meet to kick off the Rural Community Assistance Corporation's Tribal Governance Program (TUG) in Montana. The group will discuss the program benefits to the tribal utilities operators such as obtaining the skills, knowledge and understanding of basic managerial/financial concepts to run a system effectively. The TUG program provides information on operating a utility like a business and assists the operator to understand how to lead a council in environmental issues related to utility management. The group will discuss tribal utilities participation in the Montana Tribal Utility Governance Program kick off training to be held on February 20, 2013 in Great Falls, MT.

For more information on the Montana Tribal Utility Governance program, please call Pam Higgins at 406-538-5173.


Events for Tribal Water Systems

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December 12, 2012 | Free Webinar
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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.

U.S. EPA, Navajo Nation celebrate first Superfund Job Training graduating class - “This training helps develop the Navajo workforce for the future -- the life and job skills these graduates receive make them attractive candidates wherever cleanup work is being performed.”

New film 'Cherokee Word for Water' shows pivotal moment in tribe's history - Film celebrates working together to solve water problems in a story from decades past.

CAP water to help tribes restore farming heritage - Canals will be rehabilitated to provide use for water allocated in 2004 rights settlement.

As water-quality rules are hatched, tribes sit out - Tribes within state of Washington seek federal help in process to set appropriate safe fish consumption levels.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe working through plan for $100 million fund - River water rights issues stall economic development progress.

Fire district,Tribe reach historic agreement - Protection and emergency medical services will be provided to Yerington Paiute Tribe

Commission considers sponsoring grant for Great Plains Utility system upgrade - A Community Development Block Grant could provide tribe up to 75% grant funds for infrastructure improvements.

Colorado River flow to returns to natural course through Mexico - Bilateral agreement between US and Mexico will help restore Colorado River water through border communities.


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