March 13: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week

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Photo of the Week: Looking for the NAFOA Conference Agenda? Visit www.nafoa.org/conference/agenda for a detailed outline of the 41st Annual Conference. Click on the different dates to see what each day has to offer.

1. POLICY: WHITE HOUSE RELEASES PRESIDENT BIDEN’S BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2024

From: whitehouse.gov


President Biden is continuing to ensure the Federal government honors its commitment to Tribal Nations and Native communities. Under his leadership, the Administration has deployed record investments to Tribal Nations and Native communities, including through the American Rescue Plan, the largest direct federal investment in Indian Country in history, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the largest single investment in infrastructure for Indian Country ever.

Over the past two years, the Administration has taken additional steps to improve and standardize Tribal consultation in recognition of Tribal communities’ inherent sovereignty; expand protections for Tribal victims under the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022; develop new public safety and justice strategies for Native communities, including to address the epidemic of missing or murdered Indigenous people; and secure—for the first time in history—advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service, which will ensure a more predictable funding stream and improve health outcomes across Indian Country.

The President’s Budget—informed by direct consultation with Tribal leaders—continues to demonstrate the President’s commitment through historic investments in the Indian Health Service, Tribal public safety, affordable housing, education, and more.


2. CONFERENCE: YOU DOUGH-NOT WANT TO MISS THE #NAFOA2023 CLOSING RECEPTION

After two full days of sessions packed with informative and helpful content, grab your colleagues and join us for an out of this world good time at the Astro Beer Hall on Tuesday, April 25. Enjoy networking, fun games, and DC’s famous Astro Doughnuts & Fried chicken at NAFOA’s closing reception.

Astro Beer Hall is a short 10-minute walk from the Renaissance Hotel. The event is included with your conference registration, but pre-registration is required. We want to make sure to have enough doughnuts for everyone!


3. YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: ‘ANNOUNCING THE 2023 NAFOA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT CLASS

NAFOA is pleased to announce the 2023 NAFOA Leadership Summit Class. Twelve Native American young professionals were selected this year, making it the largest class to date. 

The NAFOA Leadership Summit offers young Native American leaders the opportunity to accelerate their professional development. Out of the largest and most competitive group of applicants, NAFOA selected twelve participants based on leadership experience, strong interest in finance, accounting, business, and tribal economic development policy. Each participant has demonstrated a commitment to the well-being and advancement of Indian Country. 

The fifth NAFOA Leadership Summit will take place at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel on Sunday, April 23, 2023. At the Summit, participants will be immersed in a full day of career development, business and economic development discussions, and networking. Following the Summit, they will attend the 41st Annual NAFOA Conference



4. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NCN INSTITUTE 2023 TRAINING SERIES

NCN works to strengthen the Native CDFI industry by increasing the voice of Native CDFIs in national policy dialogues and sharing resources that grow the knowledge and skills of our members. One of the ways is by offering skill-building workshops and in-depth trainings on leadership and practice topics of importance to Native CDFIs.

The NCN Institute Training Series is an interactive collection of workshops for Native CDFI leaders and team members who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies. The 2023 series of skill-building workshops was developed based on feedback from our Annual Members Survey that let us know what skill sets Native CDFI Leaders need and want.

Registrations are now open for the 2023 NCN Institute Training Series! See the training calendar below for a list of workshop topics that will be offered. Each workshop will be held via Zoom from 2:00pm – 4:00pm (eastern time).


5. JOBS: FORT MCDOWELL YAVAPAI NATION IS SEEKING CONTRACTS & GRANTS ACCOUNTANT

Department: Finance Department

Supervised by Contracts & Grants Manager

Definition/Purpose: Develops and coordinates grant funded programs for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The Grants Accountant provides primary accounting functions for all grant monitoring administration, compliance, and financial reports of awarded grants through project closeout. Ensures the appropriate use and accurate reporting of all financial transactions on contracts and grants.


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