1. NAFOA NEWS: NAFOA ANNOUNCES ITS 16TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS RECIPIENTS
The NAFOA Leadership Awards honor the accomplishments of a tribal leader, tribal executive, and financial deals advancing tribal economies. The 16th Annual Leadership Awards were presented at the 41st Annual NAFOA Conference in Washington, DC.Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
Government Impact Deal of the Year – Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Business Impact Deal of the Year – Jamul Indian Village of California
Education Program of the Year – Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation
Executive of the Year – Maxine R. Velasquez, Pueblo of Laguna, CEO, Laguna Development Corporation
Tribal Leader of the Year – Chief B. Cheryl Smith, Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
2. COMMUNITY: 2023 NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION FOR MMIW
The National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors are organizing a National Week of Action (May 1 – May 7, 2023) to call the nation and the world to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Take action by participating in virtual events, exploring the list of resources, and organizing additional actions in your communities on and around May 5th.
Join us in saying enough is enough. No more stolen sisters.
3. FOR ENTREPRENEURS: BUSINESS IDEA GENERATION WORKSHOP – NATIVE LEARNING CENTER
May 02, 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
Have you wanted to start a business but don’t know where to start? You see others starting your business and said I wish I would have thought of that? Let’s help you get some of your own business ideas.
In this webinar, we will help you develop an entrepreneur mindset and generate business ideas based on your hobbies, skills, culture & natural resources. This class is perfect for those who want to start a small business but aren’t sure what kind of business to start. It’s also great for existing business owners who need ideas for expanding their current offerings.
4. FOR CHANGEMAKERS: 2023 INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES FELLOWSHIP
In recognition of this longstanding history, and those who continue its legacy, the 2023 Indigenous Communities Fellowship is open to all innovators supporting community-based solutions by and for Indigenous communities across the United States and Canada. To that end, Solve seeks solutions that:
- Strengthen sustainable energy sovereignty and support climate resilience initiatives by and for Indigenous peoples.
- Support the creation, growth, and success of Indigenous-owned businesses and promote economic opportunity in Indigenous communities.
- Drive positive outcomes for Indigenous learners of any age and context through culturally grounded educational opportunities.
- Promote culturally informed mental and physical health and wellness services for Indigenous community members.
- Solve welcomes applications focused on people Indigenous to anywhere within the United States and Canada, including territories.
- Solutions do not need to be cross-border or international in scope and can focus on specific Indigenous communities in either country.
- Unlike the Global Challenges, the Indigenous Communities Fellowship considers concept-stage solutions for potential selection as Fellows.
- The Fellowship is open to team leads who are non-Indigenous, though the application should show a clear connection to and buy-in from the community or communities.
Deadline to Submit: May 9, 2023
5. JOBS: SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN TRIBE, LEGAL DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING TRIBAL ATTORNEY
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is looking for a self-motivated, personable, disciplined, and compassionate attorney to join the in-house Legal Department on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in sunny, mountainous, southwest Colorado. The Legal Department provides legal representation, advice, and support to the Tribal government. The team of well-established tribal attorneys work together on a broad range of projects, including filing briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, negotiating intergovernmental agreements, drafting comments on proposed legislation, and supporting tribal initiatives and services. The work is exciting, interesting, fulfilling, and challenging. A strong command of Federal Indian law and understanding of tribal sovereignty in this position is essential, as is an ability to provide legal advice on a variety of topics in a fast-paced environment. This position requires a minimum of three years of full-time experience practicing law, including significant Indian law experience.
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