Wow! Foxwoods Resort Casino is huge. The NAFOA team spent some time exploring and getting to know the beautiful venue before the start of the conference. Photo courtesy NAFOA
5 Things You Need to Know this Week
Welcome community, to #NAFOAFall22!
Monday, October 3, 2022
1. NAFOA NEWS:
ANNOUNCING NAFOA’S INAUGURAL FALL CONFERENCE FELLOWS
NAFOA is excited to announce the awardees for the Graduate Student Conference Award. This award names four current or recent graduate students as Fall Conference Fellows. The Graduate Student Conference Award covers all hotel and conference fees and provides a stipend for travel to the NAFOA 2022 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
NAFOA is pleased to welcome our inaugural Fall Conference Fellows, Alaina Capoeman-Davis (Quinault Indian Nation), Karli Moore (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), Gavin Holzworth (Cherokee Nation), and Forrest Cox (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation).
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ESTABLISHING NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN OFFICE. NEW OFFICE TO ADVOCATE FOR TRIBES.
Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is establishing an Office of Native American Partnerships within the Office of the Commissioner. This office will elevate and centralize efforts to administer comprehensive programs and policies related to American Indians and Alaska Natives. It will enhance the agency’s relationship with Tribes and serve as the primary point of contact on Tribal affairs for all stakeholders.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing barriers to ensure people who are eligible for our benefits receive them,” Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi said. “Establishing our new Office of Native American Partnerships strengthens that commitment by providing Tribal communities more representation and a strong advocate, messenger, and facilitator within Social Security’s Office of the Commissioner.”
The Office of Native American Partnerships will be responsible for many functions to assist Tribal communities throughout the country. It will seek to improve services to communities by engaging in meaningful national and regional policy consultations, roundtable discussions, and seminars with Tribal and Federal experts. It will also coordinate internal agency Native American efforts, increase external program awareness to the Tribal community, help to recruit a diverse candidate pool for hiring at all levels of Social Security, and serve as the primary point of contact for Tribal Government Offices to foster transparency and collaboration. Additionally, the office will conduct ongoing data collection and analysis to improve outreach to Tribal communities.
Establishing the Office of Native American Partnerships supports President Biden’s 2021 Executive Order (EO) 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities
, as well as other Federal guidance on coordination and collaboration with Tribal Governments.
3. FOR COMMUNITIES:
AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program
that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Affordable Connectivity Program
is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
4. FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
SMALL BUSINESS CREDIT SURVEY
Owners and key financial decision makers of for-profit businesses, share your recent experiences. Did your business seek financing such as loans or lines of credit in the last 12 months? How would you rate the financial condition of your business?
The Federal Reserve’s 2022 Small Business Credit Survey is open for responses, and NAFOA is a partner on this effort. By taking the survey, you contribute to data that directly informs the Fed, federal government agencies, service providers, policymakers, and others—ultimately benefitting your business and other businesses like yours. Take the 10-minute survey now
The survey is open to businesses currently in operation, those recently closed, and those about to launch. All responses are confidential.
The survey closes November 4, 2022.
Take the Survey
SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS IS SEEKING SENIOR ACCOUNTANT, FIXED ASSETS
Under the direction of Capital Projects management, the Sr. Accountant Fixed Assets
is responsible of preparing journal entries and reconciliations for the monthly general ledger. This position is subject to tight deadlines and multitude of accounting activities including general ledger reconciliations and year-end audit.
Learn More & Apply at nafoa.org/jobs