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Posted: August 17, 2020

5 Things You Need to Know this Week

Supporting our community by sharing the opportunities and good news (yes, there’s still good news).

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Last, but certainly not least: meet our third policy intern, Colin Benedict (Mohawk of Akwesasne). Colin is attending Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. During his internship with NAFOA, he has been researching unemployment data in Indigenous communities in the state of New York. Photo courtesy NAFOA

1. EVENTS:
PREVIEW THE AGENDA AND REGISTER FOR NAFOA’S FALL CONFERENCE

NAFOA is excited to bring you our Virtual 2020 Fall Conference on October 5-9, 2020.  Our Fall Conference will continue to convene tribal, state, federal, and industry partners to discuss important economic issues facing Indian Country.  We are working hard to bring you a virtual conference lineup with compelling education sessions and fun entertainment. Stay tuned for the full agenda – in the meantime, view the draft agenda here.

Thanks to the generosity of our Corporate Partners, NAFOA has a number of Sponsored Complimentary Registrations available to tribal members and employees to attend the conference. Please contact VaRene Martin or Dustin VanWinkle for more information.

2. FOR BUSINESSES:
NCAI ANNOUNCES STABILIZATION GRANTS FOR NATIVE-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Native-owned small businesses serve as the lifeblood of many tribal communities across the country, providing critical jobs and income to tribal citizens and their families while simultaneously enriching the quality of community life by providing goods and services to local residents and the public at-large.
 
With generous support from Google.org, NCAI is offering business stabilization grants in the amount of $5,000 each to a total of 28 selected Native-owned small businesses that have been severely impacted by the curtailing of commercial activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about this grant opportunity, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, please click here.

3. CORONAVIRUS NEWS:

“ON NATIVE AMERICAN LAND, CONTACT TRACING IS SAVING LIVES”

“The coronavirus is raging through the White Mountain Apache tribe. Spread across a large reservation in eastern Arizona, the Apaches have been infected at more than 10 times the rate of people in the state as a whole.

Yet their death rate from Covid-19 is far lower, just 1.3 percent, as compared with 2.1 percent in Arizona. Epidemiologists have a hopeful theory about what led to this startling result: Intensive contact tracing on the reservation likely enabled teams that included doctors to find and treat gravely ill people before it was too late to save them.”

Read more in The New York Times

4.  FOR PROFESSIONALS:
CONNECT WITH STUDENTS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS ON THE AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND CONNECT PLATFORM

Whether you are a tribal college professor or a corporate recruiter or an industry professional, you understand the value that Native students bring to your workplace and the importance of helping them achieve success. Now, you can work directly with Native college students to answer their questions and introduce them to opportunities through the Connect platform. Students will be able to find you based on your industry, school, and your employer, and you can use Connect to share internships, fellowships, or job opportunities with students. Create your profile and help students achieve their goals.

5. JOBS:
HIRE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE RIGHT JOB WITH A POSTING ON NAFOA’S JOB SITE

NAFOA has a new premium jobs site! NAFOA Member Tribes and corporate partners receive a reduced rate and discount for a 30-day job posting. Visit the jobs site for more information about pricing.

Users will be able to build your account and start posting jobs, RFPs, and internships at competitive rates. We’ll be releasing an update that allows users to purchase and manage their job submissions from a registered account.

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