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Photo of the Week: #NAFOA2021 Artwork. Gathering Medicine by Brent Greenwood (Chickasaw/Ponca). “I have fond recollections of my old folks growing up. I wished I would of listened more intently, but what I did retain was that our “Indian” doctors were very humble individuals; gifted with the knowledge and ability to heal our people through ancient medicine. I wanted to evoke those feelings through this painting of my grandmother’s sister gathering flower medicine.” Register for the Conference.
5 Things You Need to Know this Week
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Monday, March 1, 2021
Source: NAFOA

1. POLICY:
TODAY AT 1PM EST: CONGRESSIONAL – TRIBAL LEADER DISCUSSION ON TRIBAL RELIEF FUND FORMULA
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Sharice Davids will join Monday’s Congressional & Tribal Leader Discussion hosted by NAFOA and NCAI on a possible formula for distributing the $20 billion Tribal Relief Fund.

The discussion will also include several other House Ways & Means Committee members and will take place this Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:00 EST. To join, please RSVP by completing this form. A Zoom link will be sent on the morning of the discussion to those who have RSVP’d.

Please RSVP as soon as possible and no later than 11:00 EST on Monday, March 1 to ensure you are on the list to receive the Zoom link when it is available.

RSVP to Join Today at 1pm EST

2. #NAFOA2021:
LEARN ABOUT THE ART OF #NAFOA2021 – AND BE A PART OF IT!
NAFOA is excited to welcome back Matt Orley with Big Paper Strategies to the Virtual 39th Annual Conference on April 26-29, 2021. Matt will be drawing live illustrations each day. Don’t miss seeing the insights and ideas from the breakout sessions memorialized in the official conference illustrations.

Thanks to the generosity of our Corporate Partners, NAFOA has a number of Sponsored Complimentary Registrations available to tribal members and employees to attend the conference. Please contact VaRene Martin or Dustin VanWinkle for more information.

3. FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT:
TRIBAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CENTER CONSULTATION
The Office for Victims of Crime Tribal Financial Management Center (OVC TFMC) provides training, technical assistance, and resources to support American Indian and Alaska Native communities as they successfully manage the financial aspects of their federal awards. Financial specialists are available to provide services (at no cost) to tribal grantees including onsite and offsite requests for technical assistance and general questions through the Virtual Support Center.

Financial specialists are available to provide services (at no cost) to tribal grantees including onsite and offsite requests for technical assistance and general questions through the Virtual Support Center. Email TFMC@OVCTFMC.org with your request and one of our specialists will respond within two hours during hours of operation.

4. CORONAVIRUS RELIEF:
“ALASKA NATIVE CORPS. MAKE COVID-19 RELIEF CASE TO JUSTICES”
Alaska Native corporations are equivalent to tribes under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act and are due a cut of March 2020 pandemic relief funds set aside for tribes, a group of ANCs has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Alaska Native Village Corporation Association and several other ANCs and groups filed their brief Monday after the Supreme Court in January granted petitions from them and former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the months-long dispute.

The ANCs, which serve Alaska Native communities, contend that the D.C. Circuit wrongly ruled in favor of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation and other tribes in September, finding ANCs are not “Indian tribes” under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act, which set aside $8 billion in COVID-19 relief for tribal governments.

Read more in Law360.com

5. FOR STUDENTS:
2021 AGFIRST SCHOLARSHIP
AgFirst is offering educational scholarships to full-time Latino and Native American students studying business and/or agricultural-related fields. Each scholarship recipient will receive $3,000 per academic year ($1,500 per semester).

Students will also have an opportunity to apply to various internships throughout the Bank. These internships will provide exposure to Farm Credit as well as the Bank’s senior leadership team. The Farm Credit System provides loans, leases, and related services to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, aquatic producers, timber harvesters, agribusinesses, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives. It has more than $350 billion in assets and over 15,000 employees. Interns will learn about the Bank and its role in supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.

To apply, please complete and submit your application by March 15, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards by April 1, 2021.