July 7: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

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Photo of the Week: NAFOA’s Corporate Advisory Committee met recently in Washington, DC. We are thankful for our dedicated committee members for sharing their expertise, insights, and dedication to supporting our mission.

1. WEBINAR: 12PM ET ON JULY 7 – LISTENING SESSION ON COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT PROPOSED RULEMAKING

NAFOA, in conjunction with the Center of Indian Country Development (CICD)  invites you to “Join Us for Voices of Native Communities and Tribes: A Listening Session on CRA Proposed Rulemaking” on Thursday, July 7th from 12:00pm – 1:15 pm Eastern Time.


We invite you to a virtual discussion and listening session on how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) proposed rulemaking could more effectively address the investment and credit needs of Native communities. 

Enacted in 1977, the CRA encourages banks to help meet the credit needs of low- and moderate-income communities and households. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are seeking feedback on proposed rules for modernizing the law to make it more effective, and their proposal includes a request for feedback from Native citizens and businesses. At this session, Federal Reserve staff will highlight the proposed rules’ Indian Country-related provisions and will listen to and note comments from session attendees. Native citizens and businesses and tribal leaders will be encouraged to provide written comments about the proposed rules.


2. POLICY: NAFOA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICO FRIAS TESTIFIES AT SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY HEARING

On Wednesday, June 22, NAFOA Executive Director Richard Frias, testified on H.R. 8068, the “Tribal Energy Investment Act of 2022”. This bill would allow the Loan Programs Office (LPO) to offer direct loans to tribes for various energy projects and would greatly improve access to energy development in Indian Country.


3. CONFERENCE: EXPLORE FOXWOODS AT #NAFOAFALL22

NAFOA’s 2022 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference being held October 3-4, 2022 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, will offer you the opportunity to attend educational sessions focused specifically on growing your tribe’s economy, and also give you the chance to visit and explore Foxwoods and the land of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. 


4. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO PILOT NAFOA’S NEW TRIBAL GRANTS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

NAFOA is piloting an upcoming virtual Grants Management for Tribal Communities program that addresses the critical need for grant management capacity for tribal governments and their professionals. 

NAFOA is seeking 60 participants to pilot the virtual program in August 2022. Spots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. $125.00 will be provided with successful completion of the program, along with pre & post-program surveys. This exclusive registration offer is only available until July 11, 2022, or until all spots are filled.

If you are unable to join the pilot program, the Grant Management for Tribal Communities Program will launch in the Fall/Winter of 2022.


5. JOBS: SCOTTS VALLEY BAND OF POMO INDIANS IS SEEKING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is the focal point of responsibility and accountability for the Tribes finances. The CFO organizes and oversees all fiscal management operations including internal control systems as they apply to Tribal programs, and business operations owned by Tribe.


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