March 15: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
March 15, 2021
1. CORONAVIRUS RELIEF:
PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNS AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN: $31.2 BILLION FOR INDIAN COUNTRY
Last Thursday, President Joe Biden signed H.R. 1319: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) into law. The ARP provides $1.9 trillion worth of funding to support COVID-19 relief and vaccination efforts and includes over $31 billion specifically for tribal communities. This $31 billion includes $20 billion for tribal governments and over $6 billion for Native health systems.
NAFOA applauds the hard work of all the champions in Congress who fought hard to ensure Indian Country was meaningfully included within this relief effort. Read more in NAFOA's latest broadcast.
2. FOR TRIBES:
TREASURY TRIBAL CONSULTATION CARES ACT - SHAWNEE TRIBE V. YELLEN THURSDAY MARCH 18
Next Thursday, March 18, 2020 The Department of the Treasury is hosting two consultations on the allocation amounts reserved for tribal governments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the CARES Act last March.
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30 pm EST
Alaska Native and Alaska Native Village Corporations
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST
3. MORE POLICY:
TREASURY TRIBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC MEETING NEXT WEEK
The U.S. Department of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) will convene a public meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 1:00 PM EST to 4:00 PM EST. The meeting will be held via teleconference.
The meeting is open to the public and does not require advanced registration. Participants are welcome to make public comments related to tribal taxation to the TTAC. An agenda for the meeting will be posted on Treasury's TTAC webpage.
Participant call in number: 1-888-455-7136 or 1-773-799-3680
Participant passcode: 6476771
Conference Number: 1970361
GUN LAKE TRIBE SEEKS FINANCE DIRECTOR - TRIBAL GOVERNMENT
The Finance Director will lead all accounting, finance, and payroll activities for the Gun Lake Tribal Government. The Finance Director will analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; organize financial reporting materials for all government operations, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting. Learn more and apply.
5. FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS:
"WHY NATIVE YOUTH SHOULD CONSIDER CAREERS IN FINANCE"
NAFOA Leadership Summit alumnus interviews two Native women about how their career journeys in Finance helped them become better advocates for Indian Country.
For many Indigenous people, there is a strong desire to advocate for our Native Nations and communities. Increasingly, Native people have been choosing a career in Finance to help advance inequity issues among their communities. Having Natives in banking and financial institutions gives Indigenous communities a voice as we strive to strengthen economic development and our sovereignty.
“Having knowledge about one’s personal finance is empowering and allows us to help others. Knowledge about finance for Indigenous communities empowers us and allows communities to pursue the values we hold dear.” — Elke Cheneveay (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska)
— by Ariel Farinango (Native Inca), 2019 NAFOA Leadership Summit Alumni