1. CONFERENCE: HEAR FROM LEADING MACROECONOMISTS AT #NAFOA2023
The economy keeps growing, unemployment is falling, inflation doesn’t seem to be going away, and the Federal Reserve is hiking interest rates higher and faster than we’ve seen in decades. Are we headed for a recession or a strong recovery? What will high interest rates mean for a nation and families who are deeply in debt? What’s driving inflation and when will it stop? How should Tribal governments and members navigate this economy?
Leading macroeconomists across the political spectrum will debate these and other questions in a lively discussion on the main stage.
2. MUST READ: KEY GOVERNANCE CONCEPTS EVERY TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBER SHOULD KNOW
People elected to Tribal councils—sometimes called a board of directors or congress—often bring a wide range of skills, backgrounds, and viewpoints to the table.
However, newly elected officials often lack previous experience serving on a government council or other type of governance group. Without experience, it can be difficult to know what’s expected in the new role.
Below are key considerations for all Tribal council members—new or experienced—to keep in mind while working to serve their community.
Embrace the Tribal Council Role
Every Tribe defines the scope, authority, and responsibilities of the Tribal council differently, but there are generally four primary responsibilities.
Establish the Tribe’s Strategic Framework
Tribal councils typically help shape the Tribe’s strategic plan and select key strategic priorities for the Tribal government to focus on within the next one to five years.
Tribal councils typically review reports, dashboards, and other data to ensure:
Progress is being made toward strategic goals
Services are provided to the community in an appropriate manner
The Tribe’s financial position is sustainable
From: Moss Adams, LLP
3. COMMUNITY: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY’S OFFICE OF PARTNERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT ADVISORS ON AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE CULTURES
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE) seeks up to five (5) Advisors on American Indian and Alaska Native Cultures via the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program.
An area of mutual concern and benefit to DHS and Tribes is the development of a mandatory base level tribal training course for DHS personnel, including full-time employees, part-time employees, and contractors, who have regular interactions with tribal members or are likely to encounter tribal members at their duty station. The training will provide basic information on treaties and trust responsibilities, tribal government structures and status as sovereigns, best practices, cultural awareness and considerations, resources, working with Tribal Nations and tribal organizations, and the Department’s efforts in supporting Tribal Nations in their homeland security efforts. Up to five (5) Advisors on American Indian and Alaska Native Cultures are sought to that end.
4. WEBINAR: NATIVE WOMEN LEAD VIRTUAL SESSION: YÁADILÁ, I STARTED A BUSINESS
Thursday, April 20, 12:00 pm MST
“Yáadilá, I Started a Business!” is uniquely designed for interactive engagement and live participation. By attending you can expect to enjoy a bit of storytelling, learn more about designing your own business strategy, connect with other Native women business leaders, and receive a wealth of bite-size fundamental business practices on topics ranging from strategic planning, planning for taxes, protecting your business, branding and advertising, and more.
5. JOBS: SHINNECOCK INDIAN NATION IS SEEKING STAFF ACCOUNTANT
The Staff Accountant is a mid-level position within the Shinnecock Indian Nation governmental structure and has a leading role in the Finance Department. The position requires extensive skill and accreditation in the fields of accounting and public finance. Areas of operation include the bookkeeping, Accounts Receivable, Procurement and banking functions of the tribal government. These specific functions are more fully explained below in the Job Duties and Responsibilities section.
The role of the Staff Accountant is the primary management and administration related to a very technical and highly regulated field. Persons having extensive knowledge of accounting and financial management.
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