August 29: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

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1. WEBINAR: SELF-DETERMINED PATHWAYS TO ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

 

Join NAFOA and Native Women Lead on Thursday, September 8 at 3:00pm Eastern Time for a webinar on economic empowerment. During this webinar, our featured speaker will share emergent needs and changes in the fields of entrepreneurship, finance, investment, and economic development as it relates to Indigenous entrepreneurs and economies.

We will also discuss potential pathways for young finance professionals such as asset/fund managers, economic development in tribes, consultants, CFOs/CPAs, etc.


2. CONFERENCE: LEARN HOW TO LEAD THROUGH ADVERSITY FROM TRIBAL LEADERS AT #NAFOAFALL22

Hear from esteemed tribal leaders, Rodney Butler, Chairman, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation; Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; and Matthew Pagels, President, Seneca Nation of Indians during the general session at NAFOA’s 2022 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference on Tuesday, October 4th.

Leading Through Adversity
Disputes between Indian Tribes and other local governments are happening to tribes throughout the United States. These disputes can cause difficult times for tribes. Leading through adversity takes a strong, well-rounded leader. Learn how Tribal leaders have led and are leading their tribes through times of adversity.


3. POLICY: INFLATION REDUCTION ACT INCREASES LOANS AVAILABLE FOR  TRIBAL ENERGY PROJECTS

Two months ago, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce invited NAFOA Executive Director Richard Frias to testify on H.R. 8068, the “Tribal Energy Investment Act of 2022”.

This bill aimed to allow the Loan Programs Office (LPO) to offer direct loans to tribes for various energy projects and greatly improve access to energy development in Indian Country. Last week, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act which included these substantial increases to loans available for Tribal energy projects through the LPO.


4. FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: ASSISTANT SECRETARY NEWLAND ANNOUNCES TRIBAL TOURISM GRANTS AVAILABILITY

Applications from American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and Tribal organizations will be considered to receive grants to support Tribal tourism feasibility studies and Tribal tourism business plan development. The program seeks to fund 20 to 35 grants ranging from approximately $25,000 to $150,000, enabling Tribes and Tribal organizations to hire consultants, perform feasibility studies and develop business plans of proposed tourism projects.

In addition to supporting the development of new Tribal tourism businesses, grants may also be used to explore how a current Tribal tourism business could recover and adapt to the challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tribal Tourism Grant Program is a competitive program, with proposals evaluated on a variety of economic development activities related to tourism aimed at stimulating economic growth within an American Indian or Alaska Native community. More information and details on how to apply can be found in the Federal Register and will be posted at www.grants.gov under the “Search Grants” tab.


5. JOBS: PASKENTA BAND OF NOMLAKI INDIANS IS SEEKING CULTURAL RESOURCES MANAGER

Under direct supervision and guidance of the Chief Executive Officer or designee, the Cultural Resources Manager will promote, protect, preserve and manage all matters relating to Cultural Resources. They will perform a variety of tasks and serve as Cultural Resource lead and/or principal investigator for cultural resources investigations involving varying levels of constraints, study requirements, and documentation. Must be self-motivated, have the capacity to multi-task, maintain a positive attitude, oversee department office, and possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills.


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