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November 16: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week

November 16, 2020

Video of the Week: Congratulations to Poarch Band of Creek Indians and PCI Gaming Authority (PCIGA) for receiving the Deal of the Year - Economic Impact Award at this year's NAFOA Leadership Awards. Watch the award video.

1. POLICY:

REGISTER FOR THE TREASURY TRIBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC MEETING

The U.S. Department of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) will convene a public meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 1:00 PM EST to 4:00 PM EST. The meeting will be held via teleconference to accommodate the current COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Registration is open and will close on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. Click here for registration.

2. EDUCATION: 
USDA ANNOUNCES SCHOLARS PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS AT TRIBAL LAND-GRANT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program was established in 2008 in partnership between USDA and 1994 institutions, tribally controlled colleges and universities with land-grant status. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The application deadline is January 31, 2021. Apply today.

3. FOR THE COMMUNITY:  
BUILDING NATIVE COMMUNITIES: FINANCIAL SKILLS FOR FAMILIES VIRTUAL TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOP

First Nations Development Institute and the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc. will host a Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Virtual Train-the-Trainer Workshop on December 8th and 9th, 2020. With generous support from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation, this two-day financial education certification workshop will feature in-depth instruction on the 5th Edition BNC Financial Skills for Families curriculum with an emphasis on strategies and solutions for delivering BNC community workshops during the COVID Era. This training is a perfect fit for trainers, financial counselors, asset building specialists, and others looking to start financial education programs, teach online classes, or transition training to remote and virtual settings. Featured topics include: spending plans and goal setting, credit reports, fraud awareness, negotiating big ticket purchases, and much more.  There is no cost to attend this training. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today by registering here.


4.  MORE EDUCATION:
COMPLETE CAREER BASICS THIS FALL TO QUALIFY FOR THE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT



Participants who successfully complete Career Basics are eligible to apply for the next NAFOA Leadership Summit.

Hear from 2019 NAFOA alum Justice Oglesby (Navajo Nation) about his experience with the Leadership Summit:

Career Basics is open until November 30th! Get the career readiness skills you need, like how to write a cover letter, how to budget your finances, and how to do an elevator pitch with our free online program. Participation is open to all Native youth and young professionals ages 18-26 years old. Registration is open until November 30.

Know a Native youth or young professional who would benefit from the program?
Send us their name and contact information at education@nafoa.org, and we will extend a personal invitation.


5. NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS:

TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT FROM THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION IN MCGIRT V. OKLAHOMA

On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in the McGirt v. Oklahoma. This holding in this case is the most significant sovereignty decision in Oklahoma history—declaring that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation lands, reserved since the 19th century, remain a Native American reservation and are thus considered "Indian country" for the purposes of the Major Crimes Act. While the decision is limited by its terms, it has much broader state and tribal sovereignty implications.

Join the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) on November 18 at 11:30 am (central time) as Mike McBride, a director of Crowe & Dunlevy and chair of the firm’s Indian Law & Gaming practice group, discusses what this decision means for Tribal sovereignty and how it affects the government to government relationships between Tribal Nations, States, and the Federal government. Register today.