December 13: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

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December 13: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

December 13, 2021

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1. FOR TRIBES: SSBCI PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR TRIBES

The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced that the 2021 State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program deadline for Tribal governments to initiate their online applications has been extended to February 11, 2022 at 11:59p.m. ET.The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) reauthorized and amended the Small Business Jobs Act (SBJA) of 2010, which originally established the SSCBI Program. SSBCI provides certain governments funding for 1) small business financing programs and 2) technical assistance to small businesses applying for SSBCI.

Read more in NAFOA's latest broadcast.

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POLICY: NOTICE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON ADMINISTRATION FOR NATIVE AMERICANS' PROGRAM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Pursuant to Section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA), as amended, the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules and general statements of policy and to give notice of the proposed changes no less than 30 days before such changes become effective.Comments are due by January 3, 2022. If ANA does not receive any significant comments within the 30-day comment period, ANA will proceed with the proposed changes in the respective published NOFOs. The NOFOs will serve as the final notice of these proposed changes.

In accordance with notice requirements of NAPA, ANA herein describes proposed interpretive rules and general statements of policy that relate to ANA's funding opportunities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. Changes to FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) will be based on the following previously published programs: Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE), HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NR-1907; Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance—Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI), HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NB-1958; Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M), HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NL-1924; Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), HHS-2021—ACF-ANA-NA-1906; Social and Economic Development Strategies—Alaska (SEDS-AK); and HHS-2021—ACF-ANA-NK-1902. For more information, visit the Federal Register.

3.
MEMBER TRIBE NEWS: OKLAHOMA MEMBER TRIBES' LEADERSHIP SELECTED AS 2021 TULSANS OF THE YEAR

NAFOA congratulates the following Principal Chiefs from our Member Tribes for being named as 2021 Tulsans of Year:

  • Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation
  • Principal Chief David Hill, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear, Osage Nation

Read more in "Tulsans of the Year: Tribes play vital role in COVID-19 emergency response" from Tulsa World.
"The conference room had a TV monitor displaying real-time numbers of reported COVID-19 cases from across the country. But as the meeting began on March 19, 2020, the screen reported no deaths in Oklahoma.
Principal Chief David Hill watched the scrolling data as he met with an emergency task force to plan the Muscogee Nation’s response to the approaching pandemic. And he remembers the moment when the state’s number switched from zero to one.“I still have a picture of it,” Hill says. “I think we were all wondering just how high that number would eventually get. ”When the current chiefs were young men, the three major tribes in the Tulsa area would have played a minimal role in dealing with such a huge crisis, especially outside their own populations. Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., for example, remembers when the Cherokee Nation bought an RV to deliver health care services to rural communities, which seemed like an enormous investment at the time."

4. EDUCATION:C OMPLETE CAREER BASICS THIS DECEMBER AND GET EARLY ACCESS TO THE 2022 LEADERSHIP SUMMIT APPLICATION

Career Basics has been extended until January 2022! Career Basics is a free online program specifically designed for Native youth and young professionals ages 18-26 years old. The self-paced program will teach you invaluable career readiness and financial literacy skills to prepare you for the workforce. Learn how how to write a cover letter, how to budget your finances, how to do an elevator pitch, and more with our free online program.

Participants who successfully complete Career Basics are eligible to apply for the 2022 NAFOA Leadership Summit taking place April 3, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Complete the program by the end of December for early access to the application.

Know a Native youth or young professional who would benefit from the program? Send us their name and contact information at education@nafoa.org, and we will extend a personal invitation.

5. JOBS: SNOQUALMIE INDIAN TRIBE IS SEEKING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Under the limited supervision of the General Manager, the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) is responsible for directing all financial and accounting functions of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (“Tribe”) and its subordinate, non-gaming investments. The CFO will work with the General Manager and Tribal Council to develop and implement an overall financial strategy to maintain and enhance the financial health of the Tribe. The CFO will manage the Finance Department, ensure that all audits, budgets, monthly accounting close, annual audited financial reports, and other accounting functions, are timely and accurately completed. The CFO must be highly knowledgeable about generally accepted accounting principles, governmental accounting, and the Federal Grant OMB Super Circular. The CFO must maintain the strict confidentiality of all Tribal and Finance Department information. This is an exempt position that reports to the General Manager. For more information and to apply, visit www.nafoa.org/jobs.