Tribal Early Childhood Workgroup Meeting

When: December 3, 2016 (Day 1)
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location/Host: ITCA – Conference Room 1

When: December 4, 2016 (Day 2)
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location/Host: ITCA – Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown {Tentative}
3600 North Second Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 604-4900
Training Topic: Nutrition

When: March 3, 2016 (Day 1) {Tentative}
March 4, 2016 (Day 2) {Tentative}
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Day 1)
8:30am – 12:30pm (Day 2)
Location/Host: Gila River Indian Community
Training Topic: TBA

When: June 2, 2016 (Day 1) {Tentative}
June 3, 2016 (Day 2) {Tentative}
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Day 1)
8:30am – 12:30pm (Day 2)
Location/Host: Yavapai Apache Nation
Training Topic: TBA

Indian Child Welfare Act Seminar

When: April 6-7, 2016
Time: 8:30am-5:00pm (Day 1) & 8:30am-1:00pm (Day 2)
Room: Conference Room 1
Free – Registration required (first 25 registrants will be accepted)

Seminar will provide:

  • An overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, Public Law 95-608
  • Hands-on experience with examples of state and federal ICWA cases
  • An overview of the AZ Department of Child Safety (DCS) ICWA process

Indian Child Welfare Act Seminar – Agenda

Indian Child Welfare Act Seminar – Flyer

Tribal Child Protective Services Academy

When: March 7, 2016 – March 11, 2016 {Tentative}

The purpose of the Tribal Child Protective Services Training Academy is to meet the ongoing training needs of tribal workers for core training in the identification, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect that is consistent with tribal strengths, resources, priorities, and consistent with Indian child welfare practice. The academy is limited to 25 participants. Priority will be given to new Tribal CPS workers.

Tribal Social Services Workgroup Meetings

When: January 21, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: ITCA – Conference Room 1

When: April 21, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: ITCA – Conference Room 1

When: June 16, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: ITCA – Conference Room 1

Criminal History Checks Training for Tribal Social Services Agencies

When: October 22, 2015
Time: 8:00am–5:00pm
Room: Conference Room 1
Trainer: AZ Department of Public Safety – Noncriminal Justice Compliance Program

Free – Reservations are Required

Training will cover information on:

  • Criminal history checks accesses made available for tribal social services under Arizona SB1080
  • Fingerprint submission procedures and requirements
  • Name check procedures and requirements
  • Interpreting criminal history results
  • Arizona Noncriminal Justice Compliance Program requirements (information privacy & security, Authorized Personnel training requirements, contact liaison responsibilities, criminal history handling requirements, overview of audits for agencies with a criminal history access)

For more information or questions, contact the DPS Access Integrity Unit Noncriminal Justice Compliance team at or (602) 223-2720 or (602) 223-2327.

Title III – Recorded Webinars

DAARS Recorded Tutorials: 

Title III Congregate Meals – 9.29.15

DAARS Tutorial – Adding New Authorization Period 11.09.15 

DAARS Tutorial Annual Reassessment 11.04.15 

Recorded Webinars: 

Q&A DAARS Session (Recorded Webinar) – 9/30/2015

FY2016 Title III Program Manager’s Meeting – 10/6/2015
FY 2016 Title III Service Reporting PPT_10.6.15 (Handout)

Title VI – FY2016 Reporting Forms


National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 2015

33% of children in the United States are overweight or obese.  43% of American Indian children aged 2-4 are overweight or obese.  Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.  There is a greater risk for breathing problems, such as sleep apnea and asthma and social and psychological problems such as discrimination and poor self-esteem in children with obesity.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented.  In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, ITCA encourages your family to make healthy changes together.

  • Get active:  Go for a family walk; play music and have a dance party; play with a ball,
    inside or outside the home; go to a wellness or recreational center; or join a sports team.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (including video games, computers, tablets, cellphones and TV’s) to 2 hours or less per day.  Children under 2 should have no screen time.
  • Make healthy meals and snacks: Buy and serve more fruit and vegetables and whole grains.  Have children help with simple tasks when preparing meals and snacks.
  • Serve healthy drinks: Water, fat free and low fat milk (for children 2 and older), and juice with vitamin C in limited amounts.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

For more information on Childhood Obesity, visit:

For more information on healthy eating and physical activity, visit:

Share The Road

At the invitation of the tribe, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Trial Epidemiology Center (TEC) will coordinate a Share the Road training with the tribe and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS).  ADPS will deliver the 4-hour instruction on driving strategies near commercial vehicles to tribal staff and community members, including teen drivers.

The following topics will be emphasized through presentations, videos and a commercial vehicle tour.

1. Introduction, History and Facts
2. Types of vehicles on the Road
3. Factors that determine stopping distance
4. Don’t cut off trucks
5. Stay our of the blind spots
6. Following distances
7. Trucks make wide turns
8. Moving off the Road—Move over law
9. Curbing distracted driving

Click for more information…

Traffic Incident Management for Responders

The Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Course was developed through the Strategic Highway Research Program and is administered through the Federal Highway Administration. This four-hour program is provided by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. and uses a multiple-discipline perspective to train first responders within tribal governments in Arizona how to operate more efficiently and collectively. This unique course for first responders promotes a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance at traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable and open communications; and motorist and responder safeguards. The TIM training program focuses on a response effort that protects motorists and responders while minimizing the impact on traffic flow, including detecting, verifying and responding to incidents; clearing the incident scene; and restoring traffic flow.

Target Audience
To be effective, this course requires a mix of disciplines, including law enforcement, fire, transportation, emergency medical services, public safety, towing and recovery, public works, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) disciplines.

To schedule training, contact Esther Corbett at or Nathan Nixon at

Local Air Quality News


Navajo Nation Witnesses Changing Landscape: Growing Sand Dunes


U.S. requires Arizona and New Mexico plant owners to reduce emissions at Four Corners Power Plant on Navajo Nation


Revised Air Pollution Plan for an Arizona Coal-Fired Plant Spurs Debate


‘Polluted Parks’ Analysis Finds Southwestern National Parks Among Worst in Air Quality


Report: Valley’s air quality suffers, drought blamed


Valley Fever: What In The Haboob Am I Talking About?


American Lung Association State of the Air 2015 – Arizona


EPA awards $1.2 million brownfields grants to three Arizona communities


Phoenix Ranks 11th on EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities List

National Air Quality News


FACT SHEET: White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge


The Administration Takes a Big Step in Addressing Climate-Damaging HFCs


In Perspective: the Supreme Court’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule Decision


EPA: Launching a New Era of State, Tribal, Local and International Partnerships


EPA announces availability of $1 million for tribes to upgrade diesel engines


Air Quality Publications

Dusty the Asthma Goldfish          Get To Know CO Alarms Comic

Carbon Monoxide Deaths Fact Sheet          Effects of Common Air Pollutants

Basic Radon Facts          Asthma Prevention

Asthma Fact Sheet          10 Steps to Making Your Home Asthma-Friendly

Get Rid of Mold          Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution

Asthma & Allergies          Age Healthier Breathe Easier

What If We Kept Our Cars Parked          What If We Drove Our Most Efficient Car

Healthy Homes Brochure          Healthy Homes Action Card

The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act

Wet Wood is a Waste

Cleaning to Controll Allergies & Asthma

Carbon Monoxide the Invisible Killer

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips


Pesticide Safety Part 1

Pesticide Safety Part 2

World Breastfeeding Week

August 1-7, 2015

Every August, ITCA WIC highlights the importance of promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. The theme this year is Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s Make it Work! The theme is focused on recognizing and promoting lactation support in the work place.

Worldwide, more than 170 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. At the community level, ITCA WIC clinics will be hosting health fairs, community walking and running events, and breastfeeding talking circles. Activities and events will help spread awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and the risks of not breastfeeding, along with supporting moms in the workplace.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding. Human milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants. Breast milk is easy to digest and offers breastfeeding infants protection against bacterial and viral infections. Research indicates that women who breastfeed may have lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers. Breastfeeding also helps mother’s health and healing following childbirth.

For more information about ITCA WIC’s support of World Breastfeeding Week or a local agency’s planned activities, please contact Claresa Bedonie at (602)-307-1510, or email For more information and ideas on how to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2015, visit

United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) National Breastfeeding Week Proclamation 

EPA Office of Air and Radiation Tribal Air

EPA Region 9 Tribal Program

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

National Tribal Air Association (NTAA)

Information for Bidders

ITCA Contractual Provisions

Title III – FY2016 Reporting Forms

Home Delivered Meals/Personal Care/Housekeeping/Respite

Congregate Meals

Supplemental Handouts

Caregiver Reporting Forms

Long Term Care / Ombudsman

Public Benefit Outreach Project Form

Enhance Fitness / Transportation / Socialization & Recreation


Invitation for Public Comment on WIC

ITCA is holding its annual public comment period for WIC from June 11, 2015 to July 10, 2015. You are invited to comment on the program and to assist in identifying opportunities to improve services.
Invitation for Public Comment

8th Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment

“Road to a Healthy You and Your Environment”
June 22 – 24, 2015
Marriott University Park Hotel
Tucson, Arizona


The Eighth Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment will provide information to motivate and encourage youth to take responsibility for their overall health and become better stewards of their environment.

Objectives and Activities

During the conference, youth will:

  • Learn about health promotion and making healthy choices through fun and interactive workshops;
  • Bring awareness that people’s health and well-being are directly connected to how we all treat the land, air and water;
  • Prepare for higher education and become oriented to the University of Arizona

Target Audience

The conference is designed for American Indian youth ages 12 to 19 years old.


The conference will be held at the Marriott University Park Hotel located at 880 E. Second Street, Tucson, Arizona 85719.

For more information about the conference location, visit the website at:


The conference is open to the first 100 youth with paid registrations. Complete the following required forms (MSWord or PDF) and return to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA), along with payment:

  • Group Registration (Chaperones must include their names on the registration form)
  • Youth and Parent/Guardian Release Form (Must be signed by youth and parent/guardian)
  • Emergency Contact Information Form (Must be signed by parent/guardian)
  • Chaperone Release Form (Must be signed by chaperone)

All registration forms are due by Friday, May 29, 2015, to ITCA

Computer-Based Testing Period #4, October 19, 2015, through December 18, 2015

Click Here: Announcement and Registration

Click Here: Application for Water Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Wastewater Operator Certification

Click Here: Application for Tribal Utility Management Certification

Computer-Based Testing Period #4

October 19, 2015, through December 18, 2015
200 Regional Testing Centers Nationwide

In an effort to provide improved pathways for Tribal water and wastewater personnel to achieve professional certification, ITCA is offering a year-round opportunity for eligible tribal personnel to take professional certification exams through Computer-Based Testing.  Advantages of Computer-Based Testing include scheduling a convenient testing date at a regional testing center at over 200 locations throughout the country, as well as immediately receiving your exam score.  The Computer-Based Testing Period is a window of time in which Tribal water and wastewater utility personnel may apply and test for the following professional certifications through ITCA, independent of attending ITCA training courses.  This is the fourth and final period for Computer-Based Testing during the 2015 calendar year.