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5 Things You Need to Know this Week
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Monday, January 31, 2022
Source: NAFOA

1. EVENTS:
EXPLORE SEATTLE AT #NAFOA40TH
NAFOA’s 40th Annual Conference, being held April 4-5, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle, WA, will offer you the opportunity to attend educational sessions focused specifically on growing your tribe’s economy, and also give you the unique chance to visit and explore the unique and vibrant city of Seattle.

Plan your trip to Seattle – Check out some of the things to do in NAFOA’s latest broadcast.

Register Today

2. FOR TRIBAL LEADERS:
TODAY: WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON NATIVE AMERICAN AFFAIRS TRIBAL LEADER ENGAGEMENT SESSION
The White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) invites you to meet with WHCNAA leadership on January 31, 2022, 1:00pm – 3:30pm EST.

As WHCNAA co-chair, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will convene the two and a half-hour engagement session between the WHCNAA and Tribal leaders. The first half of the session will focus on the Economic Development, Energy, and Infrastructure Committee of the WHCNAA and explore the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The second half of the session will focus on the Public Safety and Justice Committee of the WHCNAA and its implementation of the Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (November 15, 2021).

During the January 31, 2022, session, Tribal leaders will be asked to share their guidance, recommendations, and perspectives on the WHCNAA Committees’ efforts on the BIL and the Executive Order. The virtual engagement will also provide a valuable opportunity for federal agencies to share information about existing resources, plans for upcoming consultations, and insights into planned work over the coming months.

The WHCNAA looks forward to your participation. Please check the WHCNAA website (www.bia.gov/whcnaa) in the days leading up to the event for additional materials and direct questions and comments to whcnaa@bia.gov.

3. GRANTS:
GRANTS TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR RURAL TRANSPORTATION (RT) SYSTEMS
USDA is inviting applications for grants to provide Technical Assistance for passenger Rural Transportation (RT) systems under the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program and the terms for such funding. See the Federal Register Notice for more information.

This funding announcement will also be announced on Grants.gov. Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office where the Project is located. A list of the USDA Rural Development State Office contacts can be found at: rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.

Application Dates
Open Date: January 14, 2022
Close Date: April 14, 2022, 4:30 p.m. local time

4. FOR STUDENTS
AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND FULL CIRCLE SCHOLARSHIP KICK-OFF WEBINAR
The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at tribal colleges, nonprofit, and accredited schools.

Any Native American U.S. citizen that is a member or descendant of a state or federally recognized tribe with at least a 2.0 grade point average, and enrolled as a full-time student can apply for a scholarship.

Join the College Fund on Tuesday, February 1st at 3pm MST for the FULL CIRCLE Scholarship Kick-Off! Learn more about this fantastic scholarship for Native students, how you can apply, and even WIN GREAT PRIZES!

Register today.

5. JOBS:
CAREERS WITH CENTER FOR INDIAN COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT
The Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) is expanding its Indian Country economic research, policy development, and community engagement efforts. Throughout 2022, CICD will increase its staffing and commit additional resources to expand its data collection and analysis capacity.

CICD is a national research and policy institute of the Federal Reserve System dedicated to increasing the economic inclusion and long-term prosperity of Indian Country. Headquartered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, CICD conducts applied research and convenes tribal leaders, practitioners, and policymakers to inform public policy on issues that influence the economic outcomes of Indian Country. Research and policy efforts focus primarily on tribal enterprise diversification, small business access to capital, tribal taxation, economic infrastructure, and tribal financing mechanisms.

As part of this staff expansion, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is now looking to hire for multiple positions. CICD welcomes candidates who believe in the importance of good policy backed by solid research, have the ability to clearly communicate in a variety of formats to a broad audience of stakeholders, and are committed to making a difference in the lives of people in Indian Country.

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