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5 Things You Need to Know this Week
NAFOA aims to keep our community about the news that impacts you the most
Monday, October 26, 2020
Source: NAFOA

1. ELECTION 2020:
READ THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ NATIVE POLICY PLANS
The White House released the 3-page Putting America’s First Peoples First – Forgotten No More! policy vision yesterday, outlining a policy vision for Indian Country that builds on collaborative and successful engagement with tribal partners across the country.

The White House release came twelve days after the Biden for President campaign released its 15-page Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations.

2. POLICY:
DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY ISSUES UPDATED CRF FAQS
On Monday, October 19, 2020, the Department of the Treasury issued updated Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions (Treasury CRF FAQs) to supplement Treasury’s CRF Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments updated as of September 2, 2020.

NAFOA sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to seek further clarification on the newly added Question 13 within Section B. This question requires clarity related to the status of tribally-owned entities inclusion under the definition of “beneficiaries” for the purpose of the Single Audit Act and 2 C.F.R. Part 200, Subpart F Audit Requirements.

For a complete understanding, NAFOA encourages you to review the Treasury CRF FAQs in their entirety.

Read more in NAFOA’s latest broadcast.

3. JOBS:
AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND SEEKS SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
The Senior Accountant will be a member of a three-person accountant team. The team is highly collaborative and interdependent. Finance team members are trained in all facets of the College Fund’s financial management and provide back-up support to each other as needed. External vendor partners include auditors, bankers, investment consultants, 403B administrators, accounting software provider, and insurance brokers. This position has significant interactions with team members across the College Fund, especially department team leads.

Learn more and apply.

4. EDUCATION:
VIRTUAL TRIBAL COLLEGE FAIR
In an effort to support and promote tribal colleges during this time, the Student Success Services Department at the American Indian College Fund is hosting a virtual tribal college fair to give community members and high school students an opportunity to learn about the programs offered at tribal colleges.

The TCU fair is October 26-30, from 12-1:30pm, highlighting a program area of focus on each day of the fair:
  • Monday, Oct. 26th: Health majors
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27th: STEM majors (includes, IT and hard sciences)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28th: Liberal arts (includes Native American studies and social sciences)
  • Thursday, Oct. 29th: Business majors and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs
  • Friday, Oct. 30th: Athletics/Sports programs

During the 1.5 hour time, College Fund will host a panel of various tribal college representatives and College Fund ambassadors to share about the programs offered based on the area of focus each day. RSVP here.

5. EVENTS:
WEBINAR: SCALING UP: CREDIT ACCESS FOR NATIVE PRODUCERS
Native producers: Are you looking to access financing resources for your agricultural operation or food business? On Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. CT the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative will be reviewing how to access agricultural credit in Indian Country. This webinar opportunity will provide an overview of credit basics, detail the various lending resources available for tribal food producers, and discuss strategies for mitigating financial risk in agricultural production. Register here.