White House Tribal Nations Summit
In case you missed it, Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe was featured earlier this month at the White House Tribal Nations Summit “Native American Education and Native Languages” panel. Chief Benjamin serves as the Secretary of the Board for NAFOA.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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1. POLICY:
WEBINAR RECORDINGS: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF TRIBAL SSBCI
Earlier this month, NAFOA and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) co-hosted the United States Department of Treasury (Treasury) for a series of webinars discussing the Tribal State Small Business Credit Initiative (Tribal SSBCI). Each of the four sessions addressed different topics related to Tribal SSBCI, allowing participants to receive in-depth information on the specific areas they deem most relevant. Each webinar consisted of presentations from Treasury and included a question-and-answer session.

The sessions cover:

  • Tribal SSBCI Program Overview
  • Tribal SSBCI & Indirect Credit Support: Loan Guarantee, Collateral Support, & Capital Access Programs
  • Tribal SSBCI & Direct Credit Support: Loan Participation & Venture Capital Programs
  • Tribal SSBCI: Partnering with CDFIs and Compliance”

View the recordings in this playlist: The Nuts and Bolts of Tribal SSBCI

2. GRANTS:
FY 2022 AMERICORPS SENIORS – AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN SENIOR DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM
New Applicants are invited to submit applications for the FY 2022 AmeriCorps Seniors – American Rescue Plan Senior Demonstration Program (American Rescue SDP) funds. Applicants are required to address one or more of the following Focus Areas: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veteran and Military Families. Applicants are invited to apply for funding based on the determination that your project proposal meets the criteria as detailed in this document.

To maximize the impact of investment in national service; AmeriCorps Seniors will prioritize national service investments in the following areas:

  • Efforts to help local communities recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic. AmeriCorps Seniors is specifically interested in applications that establish or support education, vaccination, and vaccination education efforts; particularly in hard-to-reach communities.
  • Applications that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advance racial equality, and increase opportunity to achieve sustainable change in communities.
  • Applicants may propose programming in any county, city, or town. Applicants are encouraged to propose programming in the priority service areas identified on Appendix A: List of Priority Areas.

The deadline for applications to the FY 2022 AmeriCorps Seniors – American Rescue Plan Senior Demonstration Program NOFO is Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Please contact AmericanRescueSDP@cns.gov for additional guidance.

3. COMMUNITY:
“BUILDING NATIVE COMMUNITIES: FINANCIAL SKILLS FOR FAMILIES” VIRTUAL TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOP
First Nations Development Institute and the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc. are pleased to announce an upcoming Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Virtual Train-the-Trainer Workshop on December 7th and 8th, 2021.

Back by popular demand and generous support from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation, this two-day financial education certification* workshop will feature in-depth instruction on the 5th Edition BNC Financial Skills for Families curriculum with an emphasis on strategies and solutions for both virtual and in-person settings. This training is a perfect fit for trainers, financial counselors, asset building specialists, and anyone else looking for one more financial education capacity building training to close out the year. Featured topics include: spending plans and goal setting, credit reports, fraud awareness, negotiating big ticket purchases, and much more.

There is no cost to attend this training; however, space is limited so please reserve your spot today by registering here.

*Following the workshop participants will have until Friday, December 10th, 2021 to complete the online certification exam.

4. FOR STUDENTS:
UH-OHA HOʻONAʻAUAO HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Native Hawaiian students at any of the University of Hawaiʻi’s 10 campuses may apply for the UH-OHA Hoʻonaʻauao Scholarship Program. The scholarships are funded through a $1.1-million grant provided by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and administered by the UH Mānoa Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP).

Applications from current and potential students seeking a degree or enrolled in a vocational program will be accepted via the online UH System Common Scholarship Application from October 1 to March 1.

The UH-OHA Hoʻonaʻauao Higher Education Scholarship Program helps fund tuition and fees. The program will provide scholarship recipients with advising and mentoring, professional and leadership development, and cultural-based workshops.

For more information about the scholarship and application process, visit the UH-OHA Ho‘ona‘auao Scholarship website or email ohastem@hawaii.edu.

5. JOBS:
NATIONAL INDIAN HEALTH BOARD IS SEEKING STAFF ACCOUNTANT
The National Indian Health Board seeks an experienced Staff Accountant, who will be responsible for assisting with the operational and fiscal activities of the department, including accounting transaction processing and financial reporting. The incumbent will assist with planning and developing policies and procedures to improve the efficiency of the department. The Staff Accountant must understand, administer, and articulate all accounting policies and procedures required for NIHB operations.

This position reports to the Director of Finance, and is based in Washington, DC. For more information and to apply, visit nafoa.org/jobs.
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