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Newsletter #25 for February 9, 2016
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Finding Technical Assistance Providers Just Got Easier

Tribal operators and other industry stakeholders can quickly pinpoint technical assistance providers working in their geographic area with our updated contact database. With easy-to-use filters, you can search a comprehensive list of national, state, and regional groups serving tribal water and wastewater systems to find the provider that best fits your needs. 

The tribal technical assistance contact database is the latest feature to be fully integrated into the new WaterOperator.org. The list was developed in partnership with U.S. EPA and IHS and is based on recommendations from the Infrastructure Task Force to Improve Access to Safe Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation to Tribal Communities. 

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Events for Tribal Water Systems

Introduction to Utility Management
February 16 | Fairbanks, Alaska
Hosted by Tanana Chiefs Conference-Office of Environmental Health

Covers principles and practices for managing small water and wastewater facilities in rural Alaska. Topics include basic terms, key concepts, and an overview of five utility management functions: personnel, financial, organizational, planning, and operations management. Click here for more information.

O&M for Decision Makers: Asset Management Based
February 23 | Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hosted by Indian Health Service

This course provides an overview of the reasons for establishing a well-defined water, sewer and solid waste operational framework. Topics include: asset management, level of service, critical assets, operation and capital budget development, utility rates, regulatory compliance, and emergency response plans. Click here for more information.

The OMB Uniform Guidance: Why It Matters to Tribal Governments
March 2, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. 

To help tribes comply with the OMB Uniform Guidance, this webinar hosted in partnership with NAFOA will share important knowledge on numerous provisions of the guidance that affect tribal government finance. Click here for more information.
 
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Featured Resource

Infrastructure Funding for Substantially Underserved Areas 
U.S. Department of Agriculture

This 2-page fact sheet describes the provisions to the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to finance improvements in electric, telecommunications, and water and sewer infrastructure in substantially underserved trust areas—land held in trust by the United States for Native Americans. 

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In the News


Navajo, Others Press Feds to Clean Up 15,000 Water-Poisoning Uranium Mines 
Tribal members from around the country met in D.C. in January at a protest designed to highlight the detrimental effects of uranium mines on or near reservations. 

Nebraska Climate Centers Train Tribes On Climate Data
Water engineers for the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming have partnered with regional climate agencies to help the tribes gather and analyze local climate data and make better predictions about their water supply.

Native American Tribe Donates $10,000 to Flint Residents Amid Water Crisis
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Michigan has donated money to help the Genesee County sheriff’s office provide clean water to the residents of Flint.

Tribal Water Deals With $449M in Projects Clear Senate Panel
If passed by Congress, the bills recently approved by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will allot around $420 million for the Blackfeet Nation in Montana and the $28 million for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in Southern California for irrigation and water management projects. 

City, Tribe Point Fingers, But One Thing Is Clear: Browning Is Broke
The mayor of Browning, Montana says a years-long water utility management battle with the Blackfeet Tribe could lead to the city's financial ruin. But tribal officials say the city must take responsibility for its poor fiscal planning and pay back the money it owes the tribe. 
 
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