September 21: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

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September 21: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

September 21, 2020


Photo of the Week: "What I miss most of the conference is the meeting and greeting of all our guests.  The excitement everyone shows when they first arrive at the conference has always been a GREAT beginning to the conference. I'm looking forward to having singer Shelley Morningsong and comedian Marc Yaffee add to the excitement for our Fall Virtual Conference." — Pamela, Operations Manager

Let us know what you miss, too! Post photos of your favorite NAFOA Conference memories on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #NAFOAMemories and tag @nafoaorg. 

1. EVENTS:
LEARN FROM TRIBAL LEADERS AT #NAFOAFALL2020

Indian Country relies on the strength of its leaders to bring tribal communities through to the other side of any hardship. This pandemic has taken its toll on Indian Country, but it is not the only crisis tribes are facing. Join us for a conversation with tribal leaders as they discuss how they have navigated through their own historic crises impacting their people.

Leadership Defined by Crisis, Monday, October 5th at 1:30 PM ET. 
Fawn Sharp; Cyrus Ben; Ned Norris, Jr.; Cedric Cromwell
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.

2. FOR PROFESSIONALS:

CDFI FUND SEEKING REVIEWERS FOR NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS APPLICATIONS

The CDFI Fund and F2 require Reviewers to have considerable expertise in community and economic development finance.  Strongest reviewer candidates will have: specialized knowledge in commercial finance, including direct experience with the NMTC Program or other tax credit programs such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit or Historic Tax Credit programs; experience underwriting loans or investments in operating businesses or commercial real estate; experience financing community-based organizations; experience evaluating community and economic development investments or entities.  

Reviews are scheduled between mid-November 2020 and late December 2020.

Please send an email indicating your interest to: NMTCReview@F2Solutions.com by September 25, 2020.


3.  FOR TRIBES:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF $70 MILLION FOR NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT FEDERAL LANDS AND TRIBAL PROJECTS GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for cities and states, Tribal governments and Federal lands agencies to compete for $70 million in Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) grants. These will be the second grants awarded under the program, and will help to construct and repair roads and bridges serving Tribal or Federal lands.

The NOFO application period will remain open through November 2, 2020


4. MEMBER TRIBE NEWS:
LUMMI NATION TO PARTICIPATE IN PHASE 3 TRIAL OF ASTRAZENECA’S COVID-19 VACCINE

The Lummi Tribal Health Center will participate in a Phase 3 clinical trial to help determine the efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.

The Lummi Indian Business Council announced that it had unanimously approved participation in the trial for AZD1222 in a release posted to Facebook Wednesday morning, Sept. 16.

“The Lummi Nation has been a public health leader in our proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lummi Indian Business Council Chairman Lawrence Solomon said in the release.

Read more on The Bellingham Herald.

5. FOR YOUTH:
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: IS EDUCATION A PATH FORWARD FROM HISTORICAL TRAUMA?

The American Indian College Fund and the Tribal College Journal are seeking written, art and video submissions providing Native reflections on the Mayflower during this 400th anniversary of its arrival. All Native high school and college students are eligible to submit.

60 Official selections will be made for the Journal in the areas of writing, art, photography and video.  Each official selection will receive $200, and recognition in the Journal of Native Reflections on the MayflowerLearn more and submit by October 9th.