September 18: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week

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1. FOR TRIBES: BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES E311 FEDERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

On Wednesday, September 20 at 3:00pm EST, the Bloomberg Philanthropies e311 Federal Assistance Program is hosting a workshop to help Tribal Governments navigate the myriad of federal funding opportunities that may be available to them. This workshop will break down barriers that at times can exist for Tribal Communities and highlight successful Tribal project case studies.

The e311 Federal Assistance program has provided guidance to 1,400+ cities since 2020, regarding claiming and retaining federal funds. This workshop will feature leadership from inter-tribal associations, non-profits, grant writers, and federal agencies, each of whom work with Tribal communities.  Workshop speakers will provide information about grants, loans, and tax credits available to Tribal governments for infrastructure, broadband, and energy, among other types of projects. 

Featured speakers will include:

  • Larry Wright, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Executive Director
  • Susan Masten, Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), Interim Executive Director 
  • Will Micklin, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Vice President; US Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) Alaska Representative
  • Onawa Haynes, Hozhonigo Consulting, Founder & CEO
  • Chris James, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, (NCAIED) Founder & CEO
  • Fatima Abbas, U.S. Dept of Treasury, Director, Office of Tribal Affairs
  • Telly Meier, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, Of Counsel (Former Director, Office of Tribal Governments, Internal Revenue Service)
  • Denise Litz, Chief, Division of Economic Development, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Dept. Of the Interior

2. POLICY: IMPACT OF POTENTIAL FEDERAL SHUTDOWN ON TRIBAL COMMUNITIES

Last Tuesday, Congress returned from their August Recess with one main goal—to pass appropriations legislation before October 1st and prevent a government shutdown.  Prior to the recess, the Senate passed all 12 of their appropriations bills out of the full Appropriations Committee with bipartisan support, while the House managed to pass one bill in the full chamber (Military Construction-Veteran’s Affairs). The House did not pass any other appropriations bill out of the full committee.

With only 9 legislative days remaining until the end of the fiscal year, there is an increasingly high chance of at least a partial government shutdown in the coming weeks. 


3. LISTENING SESSION: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CONTRACT SUPPORT COSTS (CSC) FOR TRIBES LISTENING SESSION AT #NAFOAFALL23

The Department of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) have circulated a “Dear Tribal Leader” letter requesting consultation on the calculation and distribution process of Contract Support Costs (CSC) for Tribes with self-governance funding agreements. The overarching purpose is to provide for the full payment of CSC and to ensure that payment is accurate, timely, and meets 100 percent of a Tribe’s CSC as calculated under the Policy. Issues have been raised with payment methodology and it has been determined that the payment process should be changed to remedy CSC funds being provided to Tribes that have not provided current-year data and to ensure that any payment being provided is a 100 percent payment for that year. The BIA would like to determine how to compensate Self Governance Tribes for CSC, when they are NOT required to submit budgets, yet certain data is necessary to calculate the amount of CSC due to the Tribe annually and have developed six questions they are seeking consultation on.

A listening session will be held at the 2023 NAFOA Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference on Sunday, October 1st from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. MT.

Registration is not required to attend the listening session.

10/1/2023 Listening Session
2023 NAFOA Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85226


4. ACCOUNTING: GASB 87 & 96: HOW TO AVOID RISK & MAINTAIN ACCURATE DATA FOR CONFIDENT COMPLIANCE

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 1:00 p.m. ET
As leases and SBITAs evolve, how do you keep your contracts data up-to-date? If you’re having trouble ensuring accurate, reliable data now, trying to keep up with the complexities of GASB 96 in addition to maintaining 87, will be incredibly difficult for your organization moving forward.

Don’t put yourself at risk of running into issues at your next audit instead, embrace the technology that will enable you to track and view any changes to contract data in one centralized location.

In this webinar, record management and lease accounting experts will discuss:

The similarities between GASB 87 and GASB 96 and how to ensure compliance
How to establish internal controls that promote ongoing accuracy as contracts evolve
Opportunities that lie within lease and SBITA accounting
What’s ahead for
What’s ahead for government sector organizations, including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives and reporting


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5. JOBS: CATAWBA INDIAN NATION IS SEEKING TRIBAL COURT ADMINISTRATOR

The Tribal Court Administrator is a supervisory administrative position responsible for developing, implementing and administering non-judicial functions and normal operations of the Catawba Nation Judicial Branch. The Court Administrator will assist with the daily clerical needs of the Tribal Court: court office management, case management, financial management, community relations, court safety, court building management, court performance, and court advancement.

This position supports the CIN Mission by being a leader in the Justice Services Department that seeks to: 1) promote collective and individual self-sufficiency of the Catawba people, 2) enhances the safety and well-being of our tribal community, and 3) provides tribal justice services in a culturally-relevant and holistic manner.  Tribal Court Administrator reports to the Director of Justice Services. This position is responsible for and subject to the CIN Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.


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