August 15: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

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Photo of the Week: NAFOA Executive Director Rico Frias was at last week’s Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST) Meeting. Here he is with MAST Executive Director Scott Vele.

1. POLICY: WEBINAR SERIES – SOLVING THE PROJECT PUZZLE: HOW TO USE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FINANCING TO BUILD ENERGY PROJECTS

NAFOA, the Departments of Interior, Energy, the Treasury, and Commerce, along with experts in the energy and finance sector is hosting a series of webinars designed to show how tribes can take advantage of a broad array of funding sources.
 
From August 22-25, Experts will discuss what tribes need to know about combining various programs and grants, financing pitfalls to be aware of and how to avoid them, how funding sources can “stack” together on one project, and more.

This series will be spread out over four days, each with a different focus. Registration is required to join. Only one registration to attend all of the webinar series is necessary.


2. YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR CAREER BASICS!

The NAFOA Institute Career Basics is a free online career readiness and personal finance program designed for 18-26-year-old Native American youths. 

The program offers coursework that provides opportunities for participants to improve career readiness, and personal finance skills, and advance their understanding of issues impacting tribal economies. 

Career Basics is also designed to prepare youth for the NAFOA Leadership Summit. Youth ages 20-26 years old participating in Career Basics are invited to apply for the NAFOA Leadership Summit.


3. FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND APPLICATIONS DUE TODAY, MONDAY, AUGUST 15

The Department of the Treasury announced an extension for tribal governments to submit funding requests for their Capital Projects Fund. All applications must now be submitted by October 14, 2022.

According to the Department, the Capital Projects Fund is set up to address the following goals:

  • Directly support recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency by strengthening and improving the infrastructure necessary for participation in work, education, and health monitoring that will last beyond the pandemic.
  • Enable investments in capital assets designed to address inequities in access to critical services.
  • Contribute to the Administration’s goal of providing every American with the modern infrastructure necessary to access critical services, including a high-quality and affordable broadband internet connection.

If you have questions about the Capital Projects Fund Application Portal, need technical support, or have general questions about the Capital Projects Fund: CapitalProjectsFund@treasury.gov. If you have questions about Tribal Affairs at Treasury, please email Tribal.Consult@treasury.gov


4. COMMUNITY: DID YOU PAY A SCAMMER THROUGH WESTERN UNION? CHECK THE NEW DEADLINE FOR REFUNDS

Refunds are still available to people who were tricked into wiring money to scammers through Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017. In fact, the deadline to file a claim has been extended. If you didn’t file a claim for a refund yet, you now have until August 31, 2022 to file. The refunds are part of a $586 million settlement Western Union reached with the FTC and Department of Justice in 2017 for allegedly violating the law by failing to guard against fraud in its system.

If you got a prefilled claim form in the mail — showing eligible dollar loss amounts, based on the report(s) you filed with Western Union — you can use it to submit your claim. If you didn’t get a form in the mail, file a claim online at westernunionremissionphase2.com

The new deadline to file a claim is August 31, 2022. 


5. JOBS: LUMBEE TRIBE IS SOLICITING AUDIT SERVICES REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is soliciting Requests for Proposals for audit services of three (3) of its entities.  Preference will be given to Qualified Tribal and/or Indian-owned economic enterprises or organizations.

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will receive sealed Request for Proposals, mailed or hand delivered, until 3:00 pm on September 6, 2022, at the Lumbee Tribal Housing Complex located at 6984 NC Hwy 711 West, Pembroke, NC 28372 (Attention: Tanya Deese)

Bids will be opened on September 7, 2022, in the Council Chambers at 10:00 am, located at 6984 NC Hwy. 711 West, Pembroke, NC 28372.


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