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Newsletter #17 for September/October 2014

Schedule of Upcoming NAWMA Meetings

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The Native American Water Masters Association (NAWMA) groups provide a forum for training and discussion on issues facing tribal water utilities.

The RCAP Network, along with a group of partners, is hard at work preparing for an upcoming series of NAWMA meetings with a broad geographic range. Each meeting will feature training tailored to local needs and challenges.

A number of dates have already been posted and we will continue to update our NAWMA page as information becomes available.

Click here to see the NAWMA schedule (so far)


Resource Picks

In each issue we're selection two helpful resources as our "picks". Some of these might be new or they might just be new-to-you! You can search for more resources anytime in the document library.

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Preventive Maintenance Card File

This PDF toolkit allows you to assemble a preventive maintenance index card file, making it easy to know what to do when and whether you've done it. This is an effective low-tech option to introducing core maintenance activities and is especially useful in areas without broadband access.

Click here to download the guide.
Click here to download the log.

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Tribal Management of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

This 4-page document is intended to help tribal nations determine what level of management or tribal regulation will work best to ensure public health and protect the environment.

Click here to download.


Self-Paced Tribal Utility Governance Training

Last year the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and Community Resource Group (CRG), in collaboration with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) and, developed the Tribal Utility Governance Program (TUG).

This tribal-specific program provided training and technical assistance on utility management, financial and managerial capacity issues for personnel of tribally-owned and operated public water systems (PWS) in US EPA Regions 6, 8 and 9. It was designed for tribal government officials, utility board members, water system managers, other tribally owned system decision makers, and staff operating and maintaining Tribal PWS.

The trainings are now completed; however, recordings of the modules are available:

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3

The TUG training manual also contains worksheets, sample forms and road-tested tools. For information on current certification in tribal utility management, see ITCA’s Tribal Utility Management Level 1 Certification (TUMC1).


Events for Tribal Water Systems

Water Distribution

October 21-23, 2014 | Lac Du Flambeau, WI
Hosted by Indian Health Service
This hands-on course teaches operators repair techniques and operating characteristics of common water and sewer equipment including valves, hydrants, piping, and pressure regulators. By working on actual utility equipment, operators are provided the skills to perform maintenance and repairs in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

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Search for Events

To find an event or training opportunity in your area, you can search's event calendar. Search by Category = Tribal to find events open to tribal operators only. Need help? Start by watching our video on how to search the database.


In the News

Tribe Helps Fund Study for Safer Drinking Water - The Cherokee Nation has partnered with an Oklahoma town to pilot test radium treatment for the community water supply, with support of IHS funding.

Settlement Creates Sustainable Path Forward - The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, a federally recognized Native American tribe located in northeastern Nebraska, and the Tribe’s Utilities Commission have reached a settlement with the United States to improve the Tribe’s drinking and wastewater systems and its trash collection program.

Water Quality Control Plan to Protect Ecosystem of Chippewa River - Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has developed a five-year management plan to start identifying and reducing runoff to address a seasonal E. coli problem.

State Sues EPA Over Jurisdiction of Water Quality Standards - Maine officials have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a decades-long dispute involving water quality standards on Native American lands. The conflict centers on whether Maine has jurisdiction over the tribes within their own territories.

Tribe Prepares for Climate Changewith the Help of a Soil Scientist - Karletta Chief, University of Arizona soil scientist and member of Arizona’s
Navajo Nation, and Bill Smith, a University of Nevada–Las Vegas anthropology professor, are working with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe on climate change issues.

Tribe Leader: Nestle Bottled Water Plant a Good Partner - The chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians says factory is using water sustainably and responsibly, and that it provides important economic benefits for the area.

New Wellfield Marks New Chapter for Olympia and Nisqually Tribe - Since 1949, most of the city’s water has come from McAllister Springs, located on Nisqually tribal land. The city will start tapping the McAllister Wellfield about a mile upstream. When the transition is complete, the tribe will eventually receive about 3 million gallons a day from the new wellfield.


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