September 7: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

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September 7: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

September 7, 2021

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Photo of the Week: Only 20 days left until the NAFOA 2021 Fall Finance and Tribal Economies Conference! Who's ready to wear your lanyards and carry your swag-filled totes at the conference again? Register to join us in-person in San Antonio Texas on September 27-28.



1. POLICY: DEAR TRIBAL LEADER LETTER
With Congress expecting to be fully back in session next week, the House is already planning a busy September.  House Committees are starting their work on the Reconciliation process this week, complying with last month's budget measure.  The budget measure, passed 220-212, is a key part of the Reconciliation process, with the upcoming partisan legislation expecting to cost $3.5 trillion.

As part of the Reconciliation deal, House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the Senate-passed infrastructure bill will receive a vote no later than September 27th.  Congress will also have to work on appropriations legislation, as the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 starts October 1st.

2. EVENTS: DISCOVER THE POWER OF DRONES #NAFOAFALL21
Innovations in drone technology have made drones a viable, cost-saving and environmentally friendly tool for tribal governments. Tribes have used drones to gather and analyze data of geographical areas for purposes of farming, public safety, cultural preservation, and wildlife management. Hear how tribes can benefit from integrating drone technology to streamline public services.

The early-bird registration rates for #NAFOAFALL21 have been extended until Monday, September 13th. Register for the Conference today to lock in the reduced pricing.

Face Mask Policy Reminder:
NAFOA is looking forward to welcoming everyone safely in San Antonio and will continue to follow CDC guidelines.  Since the CDC is now advising those vaccinated (either fully or partially) to wear face masks indoors in public, NAFOA is now recommending that all attendees (vaccinated and unvaccinated) wear a face mask while attending NAFOA's Fall Conference. Please note that all NAFOA staff and Grand Hyatt Hotel staff will be wearing masks. 

3. FOR YOUTH: SOCIETY OF AMERICAN INDIAN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM YOUTH TRACK
Each year, as a part of the National Training Program (NTP), the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) sponsors a Native Youth Track as an integral part of the NTP. The Youth Track is designed to provide Native American students an opportunity to learn about careers within Federal, State, Local and Tribal Government, to meet American Indian and Alaska Native government employees, and to gain first hand experience in understanding the positive role that Native employees can play in enabling their respective agencies to better fulfill the federal trust responsibility and honor the unique federal-tribal relationship.
 
The 2021 Youth Track registration is free. Register to join on September 14-15.

4. FOR TRIBES: BECOME A NAFOA MEMBER TRIBE
NAFOA serves tribal governments through advocacy; leadership development; initiatives to educate our youth; and by bringing together tribal leadership, tribal professionals, and industry partners needed for economic success. Implementing a tribal membership program has been instrumental in making that happen as we cannot do it alone. To support our work and Indian Country, we encourage you to become a Member Tribe today.

If you are already a Member Tribe, thank you for your support. Your renewal allows us to achieve our common purpose – to grow tribal economies.

Note: Tribes may be able to charge NAFOA’s membership fee to your federal grants. Under the cost principles of the OMB Uniform Guidance, there are allowable items for membership in professional organizations that focus on capacity building and professional development (§200.454  and §200.472). Additionally, membership and membership renewal is an approved expenditure for the American Rescue Plan Act.

5. JOBS: GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY IS SEEKING PROGRAM ACCOUNTANT
The Program Accountant performs highly organized and detailed-oriented financial management, which includes the coordination, review, and compliance requirements. This position is responsible for but not limited to preparing, assisting, and monitoring budgets, preparing estimates, monitoring budget status, and expenditures for all awarded Federal, State, Tribal, and other funding sources administered by the Gila River Indian Community for its departments and programs. For more information, visit www.nafoa.org/jobs.

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