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NAFOA: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
NAFOA is here to keep you informed about the latest news and resources.
Monday, December 7, 2020
Source: NAFOA

1. EVENTS:
TREASURY TRIBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC MEETING CALL-IN DETAILS (LISTEN-ONLY)
The U.S. Department of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) will convene a public meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 1:00 PM EST to 4:00 PM EST. The meeting will be held via teleconference to accommodate the current COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Call-In Details:
Number: 1-888-455-7136 or 1-773-799-3680
Participant Code: 1776915
Conference Number: 1865890

If you have any questions please email TTAC@treasury.gov or Emery@nafoa.org.

2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
NAFOA INSTITUTE WEBINAR: WHAT IS ECONOMICS?
Economics is an important component to success of all business activities. This course will introduce you to key concepts to understanding economics and its role in successful economic development. Some of these components include: key economic terms, understanding microeconomics and macroeconomics, understanding keys to tribal economics, the role of economics in Indian country, corporate governance, the Multiplier Effect, challenges to economic development, issues for investors, how to attract investors, government economic development programs, (e.g., disaster economics , and using economics to move enterprises forward). We will also refer participants to additional resources to expand on the training.

Register for free and join NAFOA on December 14 at 2:30 ET.

3. POLITICS:
WHAT A JOE BIDEN CABINET PICK MIGHT MEAN FOR NATIVE AMERICANS—AND DEMOCRATS
“Haaland was getting harder and harder to schedule. The freshman representative from New Mexico had spent much of the past two years campaigning, first for Elizabeth Warren then for Joe Biden, kicking off phone banks, speaking at virtual events and fundraising. The congresswoman had been a team player, by all accounts, but now she was pivoting to run for a party leadership position in the House. She has since dropped that effort, but her name continues to be pushed by everyone from Republican colleagues to far-left activists for an even bigger role: a spot in Biden’s Cabinet to head up the agency that manages U.S. public lands, natural resources and Indian affairs.

If that happens, Haaland’s already trailblazing career would reach echelons never before touched by a Native American. A tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, Haaland would not only be the first Native person to oversee the Department of Interior, which handles much of the federal government’s nation-to-nation relationship with the 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal communities, but also the first-ever Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.”

Read more from Politico.

4. EDUCATION:
COBELL GRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Cobell Graduate Summer Research Fellowship Program awards support American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students with a summer research stipend of $5000 to fund graduate research projects. The award is designed to support the student’s master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research. Students must partner with a faculty adviser to endorse the proposal and supervise the work. Priority is given to doctoral-level applicants and applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The deadline for the student portion of the application is January 10, 2020, without exception. The FINAL deadline for a reference/letter of support to be submitted is January 17, 2020, without exception.

Learn more about and apply for the fellowship program.

5. MEMBER TRIBE NEWS:
MILLE LACS BAND’S TRIBAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMITTEE (TERC) RESPONDS TO COVID-19 SURGE IN MINNESOTA
“A dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases throughout rural Minnesota — and in the District I community — led the Mille Lacs Band’s Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC) on November 12 to call for enhanced safety measures to protect our communities while continuing to provide necessary services to Band members.

The TERC voted unanimously to transition to virtual service delivery of all Band government, health, and education services that can be delivered in a virtual environment.

“COVID-19 continues to spread unchecked throughout much of Minnesota and is a growing threat to our reservation communities,” said Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin. “Maintaining government services is critical to our Band members, but we must do so in a way that keeps everyone healthy and in the fight against this virus.””

Read more from millielacsband.com. Millie Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin serves as the Secretary of NAFOA’s Board of Directors.