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NAFOA: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
Ringing in 2021 with new opportunities and updates for Indian Country.
Monday, January 4, 2021
Source: NAFOA

1. EVENTS:
TODAY AT 1PM – “CREATING AND MONITORING ROLLING BUDGETS: FOR TODAY’S CHALLENGES” WEBINAR
For decades, many businesses, governments and nonprofits alike have incorporated budgets into their planning and operations. They have strived to improve their results using this accountability tool. In recent years, more and more enterprises are upping their game. They are migrating to a rolling budget concept. While it may seem unreasonable to review your budget more often than annually, there are certainly a number of tangible benefits to doing so.

When the enterprise is surprised with less than stellar results, how long does it take to get its legs back and take the necessary actions to mitigate and minimize the impact? How does it mobilize resources to identify root causes and potential solutions? How would a rolling budget help with this process? What if you could help the enterprise improve its response curve with the reliable tools and methods? This webinar will help you understand how rolling budgets play into efficient business operating methods.

Join us on Monday, January 4 at 1:00 pm EST. The webinar is free and open to the public.

Register and Join Today at 1pm EST

2. POLICY:
TRIBAL LEADER TOWN HALL RECORDING AND SLIDES NOW AVAILABLE
On, December 22, 2020 at 2:00 EST NAFOA convened a Tribal Leader Town Hall with several national organizations to discuss the bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation that Congress passed on December 21, 2020.

We have provided a recording of the Tribal Leader Town Hall, accessible here, and the slides from the presentation for your convenience, accessible here.

3. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
ONLINE INTRODUCTORY TRIBAL FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
This eight-week cohort program provides the opportunity to connect with other tribal peers while gaining knowledge and experience to help become a more effective tribal finance/accounting professional and leader. Because all sessions are available virtually, you’ll be able to learn on your own time and set hours convenient to your schedule.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with and learn from other tribal finance/accounting professionals throughout the state and across the country. The Zoom chat room with instructors is available for discussion and questions about course material at the end of each week.

Learn more and register.

4. FOR STUDENTS:
APPLY FOR AMERICAN INDIGENOUS BUSINESS LEADERS (AIBL) SUMMER INTERNSHIP
All internships are paid, full-time summer positions. Internship placement locations can range anywhere from tribal organizations, to non-profits, to corporations and beyond. AIBL will work with you to determine where you are best suited based on your interests and experience. This internship is unique in that you get to help choose a) what city and state you intern in for the summer b) what organization you work for c) what areas of the business you are most interested in learning about.

The application period is open until February 1, 2021 at 12 AM (PT).

Learn more and apply.

5. COVID-19 AND INDIAN COUNTRY:
“SIOUX TRIBE PRIORITIZING VACCINE FOR SPEAKERS OF NATIVE LANGUAGE”
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is prioritizing speakers of its native languages for its COVID-19 vaccine distribution, The Associated Press reported.

Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Tribal Chairman Mike Faith said the logic behind the decision is to make sure traditions and customs don’t die out.

“It’s something we have to pass on to our loved ones, our history, our culture our language,” Faith told KXMB-TV. “We don’t have it in black and white, we tell stories. That’s why it’s so important.”

Read more from The Hill.