February 22: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

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February 22: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

February 22, 2021

"For several years Congresswoman Haaland has supported and engaged in NAFOA activities and initiatives. As a Trailblazer, she will continue to serve Indian Country in advancing policy decisions that are proactive and advantageous to issues directly impacting the sovereignty of our Nations. NAFOA encourages the confirmation of Congresswoman Haaland as the next DOI Secretary.“


Photo of the Week: Throwback! Congresswoman Deb Haaland with NAFOA Board President Cristina Danforth in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. The hearing for Rep. Haaland to be considered for Secretary of the Interior will be held this week, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 9:30 am EST. Tune for the live webcast here.


1. OPINIONS:

"‘INDIAN COUNTRY’ IS EXCITED ABOUT THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR – AND THE PROMISE SHE HAS FOR ADDRESSING ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO ALL AMERICANS"

President Biden’s nomination of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to lead the Department of the Interior is historic on many levels. Haaland, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, was one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, along with U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas. And if confirmed, she will be the first Native American to head the agency that administers the nation’s trust responsibility to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Country has a significant history with the Interior Department that has more often been bad than good. But Haaland’s record shows that she is committed to making progress on larger challenges that affect all Americans. She has been especially vocal on climate, environmental protection, public lands and natural resource management.

Read More from Traci Morris, PhD on The Conversation


Tune in to the confirmation hearing of Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:30am ET.


2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

WEBINAR TODAY AT 1PM EST — INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS: USING EXCEL TO ADVANCE YOUR SKILLS

This 90-minute webinar will build on some of the lessons in previous webinars in our Introduction series and advance your skills in Microsoft Excel. You will learn best practices for designing efficient forecasting models, as well as how to apply scroll bars, goal seek, data tables, and scenario manager to your models.


Experienced CGMA and financial analyst, Miles Hutchinson will demonstrate these tools for you using Microsoft ExcelTM. He will provide practical instructions and guidance for applying them and identify the key cautions to help you avoid potential misfires.


Join us for this 90-minute webinar on Monday, February 22 at 1:00 pm EST. The webinar is free and open to the public.

Register and Join Today at 1pm EST

3. FOR CDFIs:

CDFI FUND OPENS FY 2021 CDFI PROGRAM AND NACA PROGRAM APPLICATION ROUND

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) opened the fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding round for the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program). The awards from these programs will support Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that provide affordable financing and related services to low-income communities and populations that lack access to credit, capital, and financial services. Learn more.



4. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: 

TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO 2 CFR PUBLISHED TODAY

The Federal Register will be publishing technical corrections to Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations today, Monday, February 22, 2021. You can view the current version on eCFR :: Title 2 (federalregister.gov)


5. FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS:

ONAC CREDIT COUNSELING, HOMEBUYER EDUCATION, AND/OR MONEY MANAGEMENT COACHING

ONAC is providing three types of free financial coaching to American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States: 1) credit builder/credit counseling sessions, 2) homebuyer education, and 3) money management coaching (i.e. help with budgeting). 


Confidential sessions are offered one-on-one, by teleconference (Zoom) or phone call, with a certified credit counselor, homebuyer education provider, and financial educator, Felecia Freeman (Citizen Potawatomi). Typically, these sessions will last for an hour and are available on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. Register for free financial coaching.