March 29: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
March 29, 2021
Photo of the Week: NAFOA's Virtual 39th Annual Conference is only a month away! The first 500 attendees registered for the Conference will receive 2 complimentary Starbucks gift cards courtesy of our sponsors US Bank and Procopio. Register for #NAFOA2021 today.
1. NAFOA IN THE NEWS:
"AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN: IS IT A TURNING POINT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES?"
NAFOA's Executive Director Dante Desiderio joins on Boston's NPR News Station WBUR to discuss how President Biden's American Rescue Plan affects Native American communities. Also joining the segment are Governor Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community and Dr. Mary Owen, President of the Association of American Indian Physician.
"... Every tribe is different. Every tribe has different historic consequences that they're working through. Every tribe has a different approach to developing their communities and different cultures. So this discretionary money is historic. The only thing we can turn to is significant funding before this was the Recovery Act and that went out through programs.”
— Dante Desiderio, NAFOA Executive Director
TAKE A LAUGH BREAK WITH MARC YAFFEE AT #NAFOA2021
Laugh and learn at NAFOA's Virtual 39th Annual Conference! In between our informative sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, enjoy a comedy break with stand-up comedian, actor & podcast host Marc Yaffee.
Are You Interested in FREE Registration?
Thanks to the generosity of our Corporate Partners, NAFOA has a number of Sponsored Complimentary Registrations available to tribal members and employees to attend the conference. Please contact VaRene Martin or Dustin VanWinkle for more information.
3. COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
FINANCIAL LITERACY AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WEBINAR
Join the College Fund on March 29 at 12pm MDT for a webinar on Financial Literacy and Business Management. Learn from a panel of experts about personal finance and the agricultural and business management fields.
4. COVID-19 RELIEF:
USDA ANNOUNCES ‘PANDEMIC ASSISTANCE FOR PRODUCERS’ TO DISTRIBUTE RESOURCES MORE EQUITABLY
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs. The Department will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, as well as provide support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuel, among others. Existing programs like the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will fall within the new initiative and, where statutory authority allows, will be refined to better address the needs of producers.
5. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
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