November 1: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
November 1, 2021
1. POLICY: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF TRIBAL SSBCI: INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS WITH TREASURY
Join NAFOA and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) as they co-host the United States Department of Treasury (Treasury) for a series of webinars discussing the Tribal State Small Business Credit Initiative (Tribal SSBCI).
Each of the four sessions will address different topics related to Tribal SSBCI, allowing participants to receive in-depth information on the specific areas they deem most relevant. Each webinar will consist of presentations from Treasury and will include ample time for questions.
Direct Credit Support: Loan Participation, and Venture Capital Programs
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. EDT
Partnering with CDFIs and Compliance
Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. EDT
2. EDUCATION: INTRODUCTORY TRIBAL FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
This eight-week online or four-day in-person cohort program provides the opportunity to connect with other tribal peers while gaining knowledge and experience to help become a more effective tribal finance/accounting professional and leader on your own time.
You will also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from other tribal finance/accounting professionals throughout the state and across the country.
Online: January - March 2022
In-Person: May 10-13, 2022 | Stillwater, OK
3. FROM THE NAFOA NAVIGATOR: CRITICAL DECISIONS: FACING TRIBAL NATIONS IN 2021
By Rodrigo Macias, Partner, MGO LLP
Tribal nations across the United States face ongoing and unique challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Tribal communities the hardest, and although government grants were available, accounting for the support programs is cumbersome and com-plex. Add to that constant cybersecurity threats coupled with the need to diversify investments in the post-pandemic economy, and you have a high-risk environment. It is a good time for leaders to evaluate their internal resources capabilities to tackle these issues, prioritize risks, and develop a roadmap to a more stable future.
Read more on page 94-97 in the NAFOA Fall 2021 Navigator.
4. GRANTS: INDIAN AFFAIRS OIED SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR LIVING LANGUAGES GRANTS
The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development announced today it is soliciting applications for its Living Languages Grant Program. Funds provided through the LLGP enable federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal entities as listed in 86 FR 7554 to support Tribal programs that document Native languages or build Tribal capacity to create or expand language preservation programs. The office is seeking to fund about 15 to 60 grants ranging in value from approximately $25,000 to $200,000. “Preserving Native languages is fundamental to preserving all aspects of Tribal cultures and traditions,” said Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland. “The Living Languages Grant Program can help sustain Indigenous knowledge that can only be transmitted through Tribal languages. I encourage Tribes interested in developing their language preservation programs to apply under this solicitation.” OIED is administering the LLGP, which is a competitive discretionary program, through its Division of Economic Development. The solicitation and details on how to apply can be found in the Federal Register here and at Grants.Gov.
5. JOBS: KICKAPOO TRIBAL HEALTH CENTER IS SEEKING A SENIOR ACCOUNTANT
This position organizationally falls under the Finance Director of the Kickapoo Tribal Health Center (KTHC) as operated by the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. Operational hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or as needed to address the primary health care needs of the population served. The purpose of this position is to provide professional accounting services to support the Finance Department; the incumbent may work independently or as a member of a project team. The Senior Accountant will perform banking activities including bank reconciliations. Prepare monthly journal entries. Prepare monthly financial statements for management of the Kickapoo Tribal Health Center and Business Committee of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. Assist the Finance Director in the oversight of the Accounting Department, and with the external audit. Provide supervision of the Accounting Department in the absence of the Finance Director. For more information, visit www.nafoa.org/jobs.