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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
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1. EVENTS:
CELEBRATE #NAFOA40TH WITH LOTS OF LEARNING AND LAUGHTER!
Celebrate 40 years of NAFOA with lots of laughs! As well as providing informative sessions, NAFOA knows how to have a good time. We are excited to welcome comedian Kasey Nicholson (Aaniih/Blackfeet) as our conference emcee for the 40th Annual NAFOA Conference!

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

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2. FOR TRIBAL LEADERS:
DOE CONSULTATION WITH TRIBAL LEADERS ON THE BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a virtual consultation session on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for Tribal and Alaska Native Corporation leaders or their designated representatives on March 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

The information Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and DOE leaders gather in this consultation session will guide the Energy Department in developing more than 60 new programs. Implementing $62.5 billion in funding from the BIL, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). As the largest investment in our nation’s infrastructure in generations, IIJA will require deep, ongoing partnership alongside Tribal and Alaska Native Corporation leaders, members of Congress, governors, mayors, local officials, and community members.

DOE’s website on BIL programs can help you prepare for the consultation session. The BIL guidebook Building a Better America, prepared by the White House, may also be helpful. For more information, visit DOE’s Strengthening Tribal Consultation and Engagement with Tribal Leaders web page.

Tribal and Alaska Native Corporation leaders may submit written comments prior to the consultation session at TribalConsultation@hq.doe.gov. Comments will also be accepted after the consultation session until 5 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, April 8, 2022.

Register to Join on March 29

3. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY:
LOCAL FOOD PROCUREMENT ASSISTANCE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT (LFPA) DEADLINE EXTENSION
The Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) Cooperative Agreement Program will award up to $400 million through non-competitive cooperative agreements with state governments and federally recognized tribal governments to support local, regional, and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers through the purchase of domestic, local foods.

The LFPA program application deadline is extended from April 5, 2022, to May 6, 2022. Details on the changes are listed in the LFPA Request for Applications, Version 2, available at grants.gov. We encourage federally recognized tribal government applicants to contact LFPA@usda.gov or the LFPA team point of contact for your region. Click the box below to find the contact information for your region.

The Commodity Procurement Program holds office hours for federally recognized tribal government applicants on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET via zoom. Office hours provide a time for applicants to ask questions, share ideas, provide feedback, and hear other tribes’ strategies to implement the program. Click the box below to join the office hours zoom link at 2:00 ET on Thursdays.

Learn More and Submit an Application

4. NAFOA MEMBER TRIBES EXCLUSIVE:
NEW PROGRAM OPENINGS AVAILABLE FOR “LEADING PEOPLE AND INVESTING TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES”
NAFOA is offering new program openings for the Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities program. These openings are exclusively for employees and citizens of our Member Tribes.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 22 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

In this unique leadership and investment program, you will join an exceptional group of Native investment professionals and leaders to take your finance and leadership skills to the next level. As you explore emerging research and best practices, share experiences and insights, and try out new ideas in a supportive environment, you’ll prepare to contribute more fully to your community’s and/or organization’s ongoing success. You will emerge reenergized about your career and empowered with a realistic agenda for change in your organization and/or community – and in your own approach to leadership.

MEMBER TRIBES ONLY: Learn More and Apply

5. INTERNSHIPS:
BLUE STONE STRATEGY PARTNERS IS SEEKING PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN
Blue Stone Strategy Partners is a Native-owned advisory firm that works exclusively with American Indian Tribes across the United States on projects ranging from strategic planning, economic development (feasibility studies and implementation for hemp, casinos. c-stores, and other Tribal enterprises), governance, healthcare, human resources, organizational reviews, and housing.

During the Summer Internship, interns will work with Blue Stone mentors and project managers to conduct rigorous research and analysis for assigned projects. Individual tasks and assignments will vary and will be project-specific supporting an active Blue Stone project.

Desired Class Level(s): Graduate or Undergraduate Seniors

Compensation: $15 per hour

Approximate Length: 8 weeks between May and July 2022

Approximate Hours Per Week: 40

Class Credit: Students can obtain class credit if coordinated with their university advisor.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2022

Application Submission: Email your resume and cover letter to tfullmer@bluestonestrategy.com.

Learn More and Apply