1. POLICY: TREASURY TRIBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE HOLDS TENTH PERIODIC MEETING
The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) held its tenth meeting on March 14, 2023 at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington D.C. Key federal partners from various offices within Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service were represented at the meeting.
NAFOA is pleased to continue working with the TTAC and coordinating with other national and regional inter-tribal organizations to further our common goal of making tax policy and programs work for Indian Country. To provide comments directly to the TTAC, you can contact TTAC@treasury.gov.
A copy of the meeting minutes from this TTAC meeting will be made available to the public through the Department of the Treasury’s TTAC page. The website also contained meeting minutes and public comments from previous meetings.
2. CONFERENCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SECRETARY GRANHOLM TO BE FEATURED AT #NAFOA2023
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will discuss Unlocking Energy Development in Indian Country at NAFOA’s Opening General Session on Monday, April 24th. Secretary Granholm will share her thoughts on tribal energy development, the resources and programs available through the Department to help increase the number of tribal energy projects, and the administration’s priorities in 2023 and beyond.
3. MUST READ: INDIAN COUNTRY GAINS MOMENTUM IN ADDRESSING DATA GAPS
Source: Center for Indian Country Development
For my people, the Salish, when the Mission Valley on the Flathead Reservation is first blanketed with snow, a new cultural season is underway. Traditionally, winter ushers in a time when we tell our stories and reflect on our histories, weaving in life lessons to remind us of where we’ve been and who we want to be as a people, as a Native nation.
As snow surrounds me in Montana, I find myself reflecting on data conversations that have unfolded in Indian Country since the first snow fell last year. Much has been shared in and outside of our tribal communities regarding the data gaps in Indian Country and how they perpetuate the invisibility of Native people to funders, bankers, policymakers, and the general public. In no time during our modern history have data been more woven into the daily dialogue of tribal leaders and policymakers.
The Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) has engaged in many of these conversations about how to collect accurate, comprehensive data with Indian Country in ways that honor tribal data sovereignty. As I consider our collective work to address these harmful gaps, I take comfort in history. Since time immemorial, Native people have leveraged Indigenous ways of knowing and traditional knowledge to promote the well-being of our communities. This historical experience reassures me as we look to the future.
4. FOR NATIVE WOMEN: WHITE HOUSE NATIVE WOMEN SYMPOSIUM SERIES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SESSION II
The White House is hosting the second session of the virtual Native Women Symposium Series on Economic Development on Thursday, March 23, at 2:00 PM ET.
This is the fourth and final session of the White House Native Women Symposium Series. In 2022, the White House held three sessions covering the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, health issues (maternal health, mental health, and social determinants of health), and Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.
As part of the Economic Development session, the White House will bring together federal officials, business leaders, Tribal leaders, and organizations to discuss economic development priorities of Tribal enterprises, Native small businesses, entrepreneurs, and spotlight critical issues facing Native women business leaders.
Session Two: Native Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
Date: March 23rd, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM ET
This session is closed to the press.
5. JOBS: AUGUSTINE BAND OF CAHUILLA INDIANS IS SEEKING CONTROLLER
Under the direction of the Tribal Council and Chief Finance Officer (CFO), the Controller directs the Tribe’s governmental accounting and procurement functions for several tribal entities. This position’s primary responsibility is to maintain the Tribe’s books and records under generally accepted accounting principles continuously striving to adopt best practices. This position assists the CFO with the financial and grant audits, preparation of internal financial reports, preparation of annual operating and capital budgets. This position oversees all of the following operational accounting functions: general ledger, fixed assets, payroll processing, accounts receivable, accounts payable and grant & program cost accounting. The Controller integrates and coordinates cross-functionally with staff regarding the accounting and administration of the Tribe’s grants, Tribal Member programs, Per Capita and Children’s Trust distributions. The Controller leads and directs the work of the accounting staff providing expertise in governmental accounting with a strong understanding of internal controls and public policy protocols.
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