February 8: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
February 8, 2021
Photo of the Week: NAFOA encourages our community in remembering the life and legacy of those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have a friend, family member, and/or community member involved with NAFOA who recently passed on during the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider sharing their story with us.
1. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
TODAY! NAFOA INSTITUTE WEBINAR: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS: PART 3 - FISCAL POLICY
What exactly is “fiscal policy” and how does it impact tribes, enterprises, and organizations?
Fiscal policy includes measures employed by governments to stabilize the economy, specifically by manipulating the levels and allocations of taxes and government expenditures. Fiscal measures are frequently used in tandem with monetary policy to achieve certain goals.
In this webinar, you will see examples of how fiscal policy impacts your specific organization and how to use this information to make good fiscal and responsible financial decisions.
Join us on Monday, February 8 at 1:00 pm EST. The webinar is free and open to the public.
2. FOR TRIBAL LEADERS:
TRIBAL CONSULTATIONS ON THE TRIBAL BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY GRANTS PROGRAM
The Department of Commerce released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter announcing a tribal consultation series on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants Program established by H.R. 133 The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The program provides $1 billion in federal grants funding to tribal governments, tribal colleges and universities, tribal organizations, ANCs, and the Department of Hawaiian homelands to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the digital divide across Indian Country.
The Act directs the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to make grants available to eligible entities within short time frames. Tribal leaders are invited to participate in the National Tribal Consultation to provide their advice and insights as NTIA staff work through the critical issues related to the program regarding implementation and administration.
The schedule and registration for the remaining National Tribal Consultation sessions are as follows:
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
1:00 EST - 5:00 EST
Friday. February 12, 2021
1:00 EST - 5:00 EST
3. FOR YOUR LISTENING:
NAFOA'S PODCAST "STANDING FOR TOMORROW" NOW ON SPOTIFY AND GOOGLE PODCASTS
Stream NAFOA's pilot podcast, "Standing for Tomorrow," on your favorite audio streaming services for your convenience! Now available on:
About the podcast: The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Indian Country and isolated our people when we need to support each other the most. Listen as NAFOA’s 1st Vice President, VaRene Martin, sits down with Chairwoman Erica Pinto of Jamul Indian Village and Chairman Bo Mazzetti of Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians to learn more about their community's response to the pandemic and how they are creating solutions for a more hopeful tomorrow.
JOIN NAFOA'S POLICY TEAM!
Are you interested in working in Native American policy and wanting to help improve Indian Country? A position with the NAFOA team might be the right fit for you!
The positions are open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com as soon as possible. Please be sure to include "[Position] Application" in the subject line.
5. FOR STUDENTS:
2021 NATIVE SCHOLARSHIP FORUM
Join the College Fund and other top Native scholarship providers to learn more about scholarship opportunities available to support your education goals. The collaborative presentation will feature several scholarship foundations including Cobell, AISES, American Indian Graduate Center, American Indian College Fund, with UNITYinc as the Host.