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5 Things You Need to Know this Week
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Monday, October 19, 2020
Source: NAFOA

1. NAFOA NEWS:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2020 NAFOA LEADERSHIP AWARDS
NAFOA presented its first Leadership Awards in 2008 and honored a number of innovative tribal leaders, tribal nations, and financial education directors for positively impacting tribal economies. The tradition continues and in 2020, NAFOA honored a select number of individuals with NAFOA Leadership Awards.
  • Tribal Leader of the Year: Chairman Marcellus Osceola, Jr., Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Executive of the Year: Kip Richard Ramsey, Sr., Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
  • Deal of the Year – Government Impact: Gila Community School Construction/Leaseback Program, Gila River Indian Community
  • Deal of the Year – Economic Impact: Wind Creek Bethlehem Acquisition, Poarch Band of Creek Indians
  • Education Program of the Year: The $pending Frenzy
Read more about the NAFOA Awards in the 2020 Fall Navigator.

2. JOBS:
SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FLORIDA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
The Executive Director of Finance is responsible for developing the financial well-being of the Seminole Tribe of Florida by developing and implementing finance strategies, monitoring cash flow, analyzing the organization’s financial strengths and weaknesses, and proposing corrective actions. The incumbent in this position creates financial plans as defined by the Tribal Council; directs financing strategies, analysis, forecasting and budget management and directs all aspects of accounting operations such as receivables, payables, financial reporting, risk affairs and purchasing, while recommending changes and enhancements to the Tribal Council. The Executive Director of Finance builds, fosters and maintains open communication and interaction within the broader Tribal Community in order to meet the organization’s goals.

Learn more and apply.

3. FROM THE NAFOA NAVIGATOR:
“GUIDANCE ON HOW TRIBES CAN MODERNIZE TECHNOLOGY WITH CARES ACT FUNDS”
As most reading this article already know, the CARES Act allocated $8 billion of relief funding for tribal governments, and those funds have come with a usage deadline of December 30, 2020. It’s now early fall, and tribes are experiencing increasing anxiety over what many consider to be vague guidance on how funds can be spent and how to properly document and justify their spending.The challenge for tribal governments and organizations is not only determining where to put their stimulus funds but also speeding up the bidding, selection and implementation process.

…The CARES Act funds are a tremendous opportunity for tribes to invest in technology infrastructure and gain the benefits of modern, remote-enabled, paperless systems. Because so many organizations run lean, they can benefit from the many ways the technologies of today streamline processes — creating greater efficiencies and leading to strong return on their investment. They enable access from anywhere, at any time, from any web-based device — a necessity during this pandemic and any future challenge leading to brick-and-mortar closure.
By Jason Winkler and Brian Anderson at Wipfil 

Read more on page 106 of the 2020 Fall Navigator

4. EDUCATION:
2020 BERKELEY HAAS DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM
Join the University of California, Berkley Haas School of Business’ annual Diversity Symposium from Oct. 23-25, for all 3 of their MBA programs.

This three-day virtual symposium is a unique opportunity for prospective students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in graduate business schools to learn more about the remarkable diversity of the Berkeley Haas MBA Programs – Full Time, Evening & Weekend, and Executive. There will be events and content that applies to all of our MBA programs, along with specific opportunities to learn more about the MBA program you are most interested in.

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5. MORE EDUCATION:
FREE ONLINE CODING COURSE WITH INDIGital
Join Indigenous Friends’ INDIGital: Healing Through Technology online course from October 19 – November 6. Indigenous Friends’ mission is to ignite the spirit of Indigenous communities to engage and reclaim digital technology. Participants in the INDIGital program will learn how to connect critical technology, traditional knowledge, and Indigenous futurism, as well as basic coding knowledge. 

The course is offered free of charge to anyone between the ages of 15 and 35. Participants in select locations in Canada will also receive a welcome package with a smudge kit with medicines, supplies, snacks, and a gift card for dinner. Register for free.