April 19: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
April 19, 2021
Photo of the Week: The NAFOA Board is excited to see you for #NAFOA2021! Watch a message from our Board members.
[From left to right: Cristina Danforth (Oneida Nation), President; VaRene Martin (Thlopthlocco Tribal Town), 1st Vice President; Christina L. Jimerson (Seneca Indian Nation), 2nd Vice President; Hattie Mitchell (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation), Treasurer; and Melanie Benjamin (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe), Secretary]
DUAL TAXATION CONSULTATION AND LISTENING SESSION
The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC), The Department of the Treasury, and NAFOA will be hosting Tribal Consultation and listening session on the TTAC Dual Taxation Subcommittee report of recommendations to the Department of the Treasury on Friday, April 30, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm ET.
While this Consultation and listening session is aligned with NAFOA's conference, it is open to all. Registration for this Consultation is separate from NAFOA's conference registration. For more information please see Treasury's Dear Tribal Leader Letter.
2. FOR TRIBES:
TREASURY TRIBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE GENERAL WELFARE EXCLUSION SUBCOMMITTEE SESSION
The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) Subcommittee on General Welfare Exclusion Act is soliciting input from tribal governments on its draft report prior to making final recommendations to the TTAC on guidance under the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act and the Internal Revenue Code Section 139E. The subcommittee will be holding a telephonic tribal leader session on April 22, 2021 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET to gather input. Register Here.
Written comments should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than 5:00pm ET on April 23, 2021. The solicitation letter and draft report are solely on behalf of the GWE Subcommittee and is not an action of the TTAC.
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT TRIBAL LISTENING SESSION: RECONNECT BROADBAND LOAN & GRANT PROGRAM
Please join representatives from USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service and the Office of Tribal Relations on Tuesday, April 20, at 3:30 pm ET.
This session will allow RUS leadership to hear concerns and recommendations from Tribes and tribal telecom/broadband industry experts regarding the ReConnect Program. Additionally, RUS invites additional dialogue and feedback on the ongoing challenges and barriers in utilizing RUS telecom and broadband programs to finance broadband infrastructure on Tribal lands and improving interagency collaboration.
Comments on the ReConnect final rule are due no later than April 27, 2021. Registration Information is available here: Tribal Listening Session: ReConnect Broadband Loan & Grant Program
4. MORE POLICY:
WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES REVIVAL OF COUNCIL ON NATIVE AMERICAN AFFAIRS
Last Thursday, the White House announced the relaunch of the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA). The Council was created by executive order under President Obama in 2013, but did not regularly convene during the Trump Administration. The relaunch of the Council is part of an Administration-wide effort to strengthen the federal government's relationship with Indian Country.
The WHCNAA is an interagency Principals-level council that includes leaders from across the federal government. The Council will hold their first meeting on April 23, 2021. Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, the first Native American to ever hold a cabinet position, will serve as the chair of the Council. Read more in NAFOA's latest broadcast.
KAIBAB BAND OF PAIUTE INDIANS SEEKS FINANCE DIRECTOR
This position is responsible for the overall financial and investment operations of the Tribe. Management includes the oversight of the financial, accounting and bookkeeping for tribal programs, enterprises while maintaining the overall fiscal health of the tribal government. The incumbent will establish goals, objectives, policies, procedures and priorities related to activities of finance and budget. This position is accountable for the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the Tribe’s reported financial results. Learn more and apply at www.nafoa.org/jobs.