Tribal Resources

Monument Valley, Navajo Nation

In addition to the tribal resources listed in our calendar and documents database, SmallWaterSupply.org has been involved in the development of several other tools and programs for tribes. Resources currently available include the Tribal Utility News newsletter and the Tribal Contact Manager, both of which are discussed below. We have also been working with the RCAP network, ITCA, and USET to promote Native American Water Masters’ Association (NAWMA) workgroups for tribal utility personnel. For more information on NAWMA partners, topics, and meetings, see this page. In 2013, we also promoted the Tribal Utility Governance (TUG) program, which provided training and technical assistance on utility management topics. Though TUG trainings are no longer being offered, you can access the associated manual and recordings of the trainings here.

Sign up for our Tribal Interest Group

In an effort to provide tribal operators with more specific resources and information, we’re delivering a semi-monthly newsletter with exclusive articles and news links relevant to issues in Indian Country. Click here to see past issues. You can also download a factsheet detailing how SmallWaterSupply.org serves tribal water operators.

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Tribal Utility News

Information for Tribes and Tribal Assistance Providers

Read the latest posts from the SmallWaterSupply.org blog on topics relevant to tribal water supplies. Visit our blog archive for additional articles.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 – Resources for Tribal Utilities

Discover resources available to tribal systems plus where to find more information and assistance.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – Operations and Management Support a Big Need for Tribal Utilities

We’ve already talked about the challenges our survey respondents said were facing tribal utilities; now we talk about the training topics they wanted to see covered.

Friday, November 22, 2013 – Organization Helps Tribes Prevent Pollution

Tribal P2 network keeps environmental professionals abreast of news and resources.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – How to Obtain a Principles of Utility Management for Tribes Certificate of Completion

Free online training helps tribal water managers obtain utility management certificate.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Takeaways from the Tribal Utility Governance Program

Lessons learned from combining in-person and distance education to train tribally-owned water systems.

Tribal Contact Manager

The tribal contact manager is a listing of all of the national, state, and regional groups that serve tribal water and wastewater systems and operators. With easy-to-use filters, providers assisting tribes within a designated geographic area can be identified. Development of the contact manager has been in partnership with USEPA and IHS, based on recommendations from the Infrastructure Task Force To Improve Access to Safe Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation in Indian Country.

Search the contact manager

Edit contact information (for registered users)

Learn more about the agencies and entities serving tribes

Watch the video below for a demonstration on using the contact manager.

Additional Resources

While tribal water and wastewater systems share many of the same characteristics as other small and rural systems, they do also experience unique challenges. The following links include a variety of resources designed specifically for tribes and the providers who serve them.

Search our Document database for Category = Tribal

USEPA: Information for Tribal Public Water Suppliers

USEPA: Wastewater in Tribal Communities

USET: Regional Training & Information for Tribal Utilities

Past Issues of Tribal Utility News

#1: October 2012

#2: November 2012

#3: December 2012

#4: January 2013

#5: February 2013

#6: March 2013

#7: April 2013

#8: May 2013

#9: June 2013

#10: July/August 2013

#11: September 2013

#12: October 2013

#13: November 2013

#14: March 2014

#15: May 2014

#16: July/August 2014

#17: September/October 2014

#18: November/December 2014

#19: January/February 2015