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“New Orleans was my first NAFOA conference and I learned quickly that the NAFOA community knows how to have a good time!” — Ellie Beckett, NAFOA consultant and former NAFOA staff.

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5 Things You Need to Know this Week
NAFOA turns 40 next month! Celebrate with us!
Monday, March 14, 2022
Source: NAFOA

1. EVENTS:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY CHIEF RECOVERY OFFICER TO BE FEATURED AT THE OPENING SESSION OF #NAFOA40TH
NAFOA is excited to welcome in-person Jacob Leibenluft, Chief Recovery Officer, Office of Recovery Programs, U.S. Department of the Treasury to address the opening general session at NAFOA’s 40th Annual Conference on Monday, April 4th.

Mr. Leibenluft will discuss his work overseeing programs authorized through the CARES Act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and the American Rescue Plan and will share his outlook on the year ahead.

Register to join us on April 4-5 in Seattle, Washington at the Hyatt Regency Seattle.

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2. WEBINAR:
MARCH 16 WEBINAR WITH DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ON TRIBAL ENERGY PROJECTS
NAFOA is excited to host the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) and Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs in a webinar designed to introduce tribal officials, members, and staffers to energy project possibilities of all different types and sizes.

Webinar: Energy Projects for Tribes of All Sizes
Wednesday, March 16th, 2022
2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern Time

Find out what programs are available, how to assess individual tribal needs, and what energy opportunities that are available to tribal governments of all sizes, as staff from the LPO and Office of Indian Energy walk participants through the programs available from DOE and what you need to know.

Register for the Webinar

Lakeland PBS: Mille Lacs Reservation Boundaries Remain Unchanged After Ruling
3. MEMBER TRIBE NEWS:
MILLE LACS RESERVATION BOUNDARIES REMAIN UNCHANGED AFTER RULING
A federal district judge has ruled the boundaries for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe remain unchanged.

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe filed suit in 2017 against Mille Lacs County regarding the jurisdiction of the Mille Lacs Tribal Police. Mille Lacs County had argued that the reservation had been disestablished or diminished by Congress in treaties and other actions since the 1855 treaty.

The ruling from Judge Susan Richard Nelson on Friday said over the course of more than 160 years, Congress has never clearly expressed an intention to disestablish or diminish the Mille Lacs Reservation, and that the boundaries remain as they were under Article 2 of the Treaty of 1855.

Melanie Benjamin, the Chief Executive for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, said in a statement that the ruling is a moment of great joy and that it has been one of the greatest honors of her life to see the reservation boundary case through to this historic milestone.

Source: Lakeland PBS

Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin serves as the Secretary on the NAFOA Board of Directors.

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4. FUNDING:
USDA RURAL ENERGY PILOT PROGRAM—SUBMIT LETTER OF INTENT BY APRIL 19
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy. Funds can be used to support community energy planning, capacity building, and technical assistance; community efficiency and weatherization; or installation and equipping of community-scale renewable energy technologies and systems.

A REPP partnership must serve a rural community, as specified in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity published in the Federal Register. Priority is given to distressed and high-energy-burden communities, in which households spend a greater proportion of their income on energy costs compared to the average U.S. household.

Eligible Rural Energy Community Partnerships, as defined in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity, must submit a letter of intent by April 19 to inform the agency of their intentions to develop a clean energy community and applications are due no later than July 18.

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5. JOBS:
IRS LARGE BUSINESS & INTERNATIONAL DIVISION IS HIRING
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking experienced candidates with 100 job vacancies to soon be opening on USA Jobs. Interested candidates should consider applying for many upcoming employment opportunities within Large Business and International (LB&I) Division. They will be hiring revenue agents, economists, competent authority analysts and tax law specialists. Qualified internal and external candidates may apply. Dozens of vacancies are noted in 16 announcements, including:

  • Revenue Agents (GS-0512-13)
  • Senior Revenue Agents (GS-0512-14)
  • Economists (GS-0110-14)
  • Tax Law Specialists (GS-0987-14)
  • Competent Authority Analysts (GS-0930-14)

Refer to USAJobs for the full listing of announcements and detailed information about the positions. To apply using USAJobs, just create a profile on the website and search jobs with the IRS. One can also use filters such as location, salary, or work schedule to help narrow results.

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