Whether you're new to the Exchange Network (EN), or a long time participant with years of experience behind you, we invite you to join the EN Tribal Mentors Network. Through mentorships, those with more experience assist those with developing skills, thereby promoting collaboration and information sharing. Mentorship efforts aim to build tribal capacity and support networks to foster long-term sustainability of EN projects. The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the Tribal Governance Group (TGG) work closely with other EN stakeholders to identify appropriate mentor(s) on a case-by-case basis.
Angie has worked for Indian Nations in some capacity since finishing her MS in 1998, starting with serving as the Water Resources Specialist for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in northern Maine. Angie helped Penobscot Indian Nation (PIN) receive their first Exchange Network grant in 2007 and has used two subsequent grants to continue building internal capacity for collecting, managing and sharing their water quality data. The PIN Water Resources Program is now managing all of their data electronically: from field data collection on smartphones that are used to populate lab data entry forms all the way through an internal database structure that is mapped to WQX and exchanged with EPA via a PIN node. Current efforts are focused on incorporating biological data into the internal database and making all data available to PIN leaders and citizens in a clear and easily-accessible fashion.
Angie joined the TGG efforts shortly after PIN received their first EN grant and served on the Network Partnership and Resources Group (NPRG) under the initial governance structure. Water quality issues on the Penobscot River and the necessary attention they require have demanded much of her attention over the past few years. However, because she believes that the work of TGG is critical to the participation of Indian Nations in environmental protection, she continues to be committed to the this effort.
Email: angie.reed [at] penobscotnation.org
Lisa (Pawnee/Comanche) is the Director of the Campo Band of Mission Indians Environmental Protection Agency which is one of the oldest Tribal Environmental Agencies in the nation. Campo EPA administers a 103 Clean Air Act Program, Clean Water Act 319 and 106 Programs, GAP and a BIA funded Climate Change Program. Lisa is Campo’s delegate to the Region 9 RTOC, the National Tribal Air Association, the Western Regional Air Partnership, and is Region 9’s designee to the EPA E-Enterprise Leadership Council. Campo lands border the US/Mexico Border in the Eastern part of San Diego County in California – a fraction of the historic Kumeyaay territory. Campo is one of 12 Bands of the Kumeeyay.
Email: lgover [at] campo-nsn.gov
Frank has over 12 years of GIS/GPS experience has managed the Tribe’s GIS activities since 2009. His experience with the EPA Exchange Network dates back to 2006 when he started EN activities with the Cherokee Nation. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation recently developed the Open Waters database to begin flowing water quality data through the WQX data exchange. Currently, the tribe is in the process of developing an Emergency Response application using existing data flows and collaborating with other tribal partners. Frank began participation with the Tribal Governance Group (TGG) in 2010 and also began serving on the Network Operations Board as part of the Exchange Network Governance. Frank currently serves on the Exchange Network Leadership Council (ENLC) as one of the tribal representatives. Frank has given various presentations on the Exchange Network at the Tribal EN conference, National EN Conference, and NCAI Annual Conference.
Email: Fharjo [at] mcn-nsn.gov
Tribal Exchange Network Success Stories
BryAnna has worked for the Tribe’s Water Quality Control Program since 2007. The Tribe has had an Exchange Network (EN) grant since 2008. The main focus of the EN projects have been to build the Tribe’s capacity to exchange data, both to EPA and data partners, more efficiently and effectively. The Tribe collects continuous air and water data, which amounts to an enormous amount of data requiring intense data management and specialized database tools for data validation, analysis, and organization. These efforts have led to improved data management, improved submissions, better access to and analysis of climate data. Projects have also included extensive database development, both in-house and cloud-based, mainly for our continuous water quality data. Streamlining data collection is also a part of the Tribe’s data management goals. BryAnna joined the TGG in 2012 to advocate for tribal participation in the Exchange Network. She sits on the EN Interoperability and Operations Team (IOT) and various Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) as needed. In relation to this work, you will often hear her state, “Tribes are not like states, and they are even less like each other.”
Email: BryAnna.Vaughan [at] bishoppaiute.org
Linda has been the Environmental Director for Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake (HPUL), since November of 2015. She has dedicated her efforts to protecting the environment and educating on the importance of be a “good steward to the land”. She is focused on building a strong foundation for HPUL Environmental Programs, which include Water, Air, Pesticides, Solid Waste and Geographical Information System (GIS) and Geographical Positioning System (GPS). She Is also involved in protecting Tribal Cultural Resources and is a Tribal Monitor herself. She oversees the Utilities, Emergency Response and Cemetery Maintenance. Some of her specialized skills include database creation, Database Management and Geodatabase creation and Map making. She has been a TGG member since 2009 with a 3-year hiatus and returned in 2014. Projects she is working on includes: a Restoration project on the second largest Tributary to Clearlake, to reduce Sediment and Nutrient loading, by partnering up with Mendocino National Forest to create “Natural Environmental buffers”.
Phone: 707.275.0737 ext. 20
Email: lrosas [at] hpultribe-nsn.gov
Lauren is the Director at the Pamunkey Indian Tribal Resource Center in King William, Virginia. The Pamunkey Indian Tribe was the first federally recognized tribe in Virginia. Lauren currently manages grants through the Administration for Native Americans, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She is also helping the Tribe establish the first tribal environmental program in EPA Region 3. Lauren is working to establish a Geographic Information System program for the tribe. She is a member of the E-Enterprise Leadership Council, Women in the Environment, the PITR Natural Resource Management Working Group, and the PITR Cultural Resource Management Working Group to name a few.
Email: lauren.fox [at] pamunkey.org.
April has been with the Cherokee Nation’s Environmental Programs since February 2004 and is primarily responsible for managing the Clean Air Program. Her current duties include quality control and quality assurance of all air monitoring data, and she is responsible for grant assistance, budgeting, staffing, workload assignments, and uploading data into the EPA’s Air Quality System (AQS). April is licensed with the State of Oklahoma as a Registered Sanitarian and a Registered Environmental Specialist, is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and is a member of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). She is also a former member of the Tribal Air Monitoring Support (TAMS) Center Steering Committee. April began working with an Exchange Network grant in 2011; the current Cherokee Nation EN grant is focused on assistance with training for ATTAINS (Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Tracking and Implementation System). April also serves on the EN Interoperability & Operations Team (IOT).
Email: ahathcoat [at] cherokee.org
Darold is fairly new to air quality monitoring and has been working for the Pala Environmental Department since July of 2014. His prior experience as an Information Systems Specialist has helped him greatly in adapting to the air quality monitoring world. Darold's enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge has lead him recently to instructing his first course on air quality fundamentals through Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP).
Email: dwallick [at] palatribe.com
Tribes and the Exchange Network
Bruce currently serves as the Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Inventory and Assessment Program (SSHIAP) Section Manager the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC). Prior to 2007, Bruce spent thirty years with the Quinault Indian Nation successfully implementing and managing their natural resource programs. Since 2008, under the Exchange Network (EN), the NWIFC has worked with its 20 member tribes to successfully develop and launch several Exchange Network data exchanges, including a WQX data exchange and two regional exchanges. Bruce’s experiences on the EN include serving on the Network Technology Board (and previously, the Network Operations Board) as well as the TGG. Specific EN projects he has helped to develop and manage include:
>>NWIFC Water Quality Exchange (WQX) - includes a water quality database, Node, and Client for the management and sharing of tribal water quality data. Deployed 2009.
>>Puget Sound Data Exchange - Juvenile Migrant Data Exchange (JMX) - A joint project with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Puget Sound Partnership, the team launched the Washington State's Juvenile Migrant Data Exchange. This Exchange includes a database, Node plug-in, and Client for the User's to manage and share their in-river trap data. Deployed 2011.
>>Nearshore Data Exchange (NSX) - A joint project with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop a platform for the management and sharing of nearshore environmental data. This Exchange includes a database, Node plug-in, and Client and was deployed 2013.
>>TWQD/WQX Enhancement Project (WQX) - A joint project with the USET tribes, this project focuses on updating the 2009 WQX client and database. The enhancements include a new database and the client interface which is updated to today's standards and was deployed in 2016.
Currently, Bruce and his team are working on an Adult Fish Data Exchange in partnersjip with the State of Washington for the management of salmon and steelhead information, it is due for completion in 2019.
Email: bjones [at] nwifc.org