Honoring Nations Awardee Highlight, Grant Applications, and More!



JANUARY 29, 2019
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New on NCAI’s YouTube Channel: Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Indian Child Welfare Act Partnership (Harvard Honoring Nations 2018)


At NCAI’s 2018 Annual Convention in October, Harvard Honoring Nations – which identifies and celebrates outstanding programs in tribal self-governance – bestowed its 2018 Honoring Nations Awards on six worthy recipients for their difference-making approaches in critical areas of tribal governance.


Each week for the next six weeks, NCAI’s Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) is releasing a new video featuring one of the 2018 Honoring Nations Award recipients. This week, PTG shares the story of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Partnership.


Rooted in respect, communication, and an abiding commitment to the health and safety of children, the Sitka Tribe and the state of Alaska have reimagined conventional approaches to ICWA implementation through proactive engagement. Through systematic cross-pollination and joint case management, the Tribe and state work together to heal and empower families.


To watch Sitka share its tribal governance success story, please click here.


To learn more about the Harvard Honoring Nations program, please click here.


NCAI Contact: Tyesha, Ignacio, Second-Year Wilma Mankiller PTG Fellow, tignacio@ncai.org

Research Policy Updates:

2019 Common Rule


The NCAI Policy Research Center is releasing a new series of Research Policy Updates on the January 21, 2019 changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, also known as the Common Rule. This five-part series of Research Policy Updates will help inform tribal nations, researchers, IRBs, and research participants about the federal protections, changes, and updates relevant to research funded by certain federal agencies. Please visit the Policy Research Center publication page to read the first three updates of the series.


NCAI Contact Info: Gwynne Evans-Lomayesva, Researcher, NCAI Policy Research Center, gevans-lomayesva@ncai.org

NCAI Initiates Soft Launch of Tribal Climate Action Resource Center, Seeks Feedback from Indian Country


For the past several months, NCAI’s Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) has been working to develop the NCAI Climate Action Resource Center. This new resource is designed to serve as an online hub where tribal leaders, natural resource managers, climate scientists, and other interested stakeholders can access the latest information, data, and other key resources on climate change, its particular impacts on Indian Country, and how tribal nations are taking action to combat it.


Recently, NCAI initiated its soft launch of the Center to provide NCAI’s members, partners, and other key stakeholders with a sneak peek of the site and get their feedback. We plan to integrate all feedback that we receive into the Resource Center prior to the site’s official public launch on Monday, February 11, 2019.


The Center features four main learning components:


·     Tribal Approaches: An alphabetized, linked list of formal climate assessment and adaptation plans and strategies developed by individual tribal nations and inter-tribal organizations.


·     Global Landscape: A comprehensive listing of key resources designed to inform tribal decision-makers’ understanding about the current state of climate change and climate action efforts across the U.S. and around the world.


·     Data: NCAI’s recently released policy update on climate change and climate change data, followed by an extensive compilation of data-based resources that inform tribal decision-making about climate action.


·     Other Resources: Features two types of resources: News Coverage, which compiles the latest news articles documenting tribal climate action efforts and climate change impacts; and Organizational Resources, which lists organizations, academic institutions, and other entities committed to informing and supporting tribal nations’ efforts to effectively design and implement climate action plans and strategies.


To provide NCAI your general feedback about the resource center or suggest specific resources that it should add to the site, please email NCAI’s Tyesha Ignacio at tignacio@ncai.org.


To view the Climate Action Resource Center, please click here.


NCAI Contact Info: Tyesha Ignacio, Second-Year Wilma Mankiller Fellow, tignacio@ncai.org

NCAI Offers Strategic Planning Opportunity for Tribal Workforce Development


An NCAI planning and implementation opportunity for two tribal nations/Native organizations located in the following states: Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington


The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is pleased to announce a new initiative that will provide two tribal nations and/or Native organizations across eight states (IA, ID, MN, MT, ND, OR, SD, and WA) the opportunity to design and implement strategic plans for their workforce development approaches.


Priority will be given to tribal nations and Native organizations that (1) have a history of prioritizing the development of their human capacity in order to achieve their long-term, strategic priorities, and (2) are already working to integrate their workforce development, education, and economic development efforts. The NCAI-facilitated strategic planning process – using NCAI’s new workforce development toolkit – will enable the selected applicants to empower these efforts and advance these priorities.


For details about this opportunity, click on the two links below:


The Initiative: NCAI’s Commitment


The Initiative: Applicant’s Commitment


Who is Eligible to Apply:


(1) Tribal governments

(2) Tribal coalitions that must include tribal governments and can feature other entities (tribal economic development corporations, tribal colleges, Native community development financial institutions, etc.) engaged in workforce development efforts with those governments

(3) Native non-profit organizations


When/How to Apply:


Those eligible should complete the application form by Friday, February 8, 2019. NCAI will notify applicants whether or not they have been selected by no later than Friday, February 22, 2019.


This initiative is made possible by support from the Northwest Area Foundation.


NCAI Contact Info: Ian Record, Partnership for Tribal Governance Director, irecord@ncai.org

Department of Energy (DOE) seeks applicants for Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) 


The TELGP authorizes $2 billion for partial loan guarantees on energy development projects that benefit federally recognized tribal nations (up to 90 percent of the total principal and interest on the loan guaranteed). TELGP is designed to encourage private lending and increase the availability of commercial debt financing in tribal energy markets. The TELGP solicitation document provides guidance on the application process.


Application Deadlines:


Part I Applications: Begin March 13, 2019 and subsequent application rounds follow every other month until November 1, 2019.


Part II Applications: Begin February 13, 2019 and subsequent application rounds follow every other month until November 30, 2019. (See below)


Click here for entire list of deadlines


Application FeesThe total fee is $35,000 ($10,000 for Part I; $25,000 for Part II).


Examples of Eligible Projects (including but not limited to):


·     Electricity generation, transmission and/or distribution facilities, using renewable or conventional energy sources

·     Energy storage facilities, whether or not integrated with any of the above

·     Energy resource extraction, refining or processing facilities

·     Energy transportation facilities, including pipelines

·     District heating and cooling facilities

·     Co-generation facilities

·     Distributed energy project portfolios, including portfolios of smaller distributed generation and storage facilities employed pursuant to a unified business plan


For more information, visit the DOE website here.


NCAI Contact Info: Darren Modzelewski, Policy Counsel, dmodzelewski@ncai.org



The primary focus of NCAI’s staff is to serve the membership of NCAI and sustain the organization as a leader in national tribal legislative affairs. The following positions are currently available at NCAI.


Administrative Receptionist

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Membership Coordinator

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Meeting and Events Coordinator

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Technical Support Level I

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NCAI Contact Information:





National Congress of American Indians

Embassy of Tribal Nations

1516 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20005


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