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March 1, 2019



FEBRUARY 26, 2019
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THIS THURSDAY: NCAI Policy Research Center Webinar Series


Join the NCAI Policy Research Center for its next webinar featuring the tribal partners of the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH), who will discuss their research review activities and collaborations. The CRCAIH Tribal Partners include the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Tribal Nations Research Group, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST. For more information and to register, click here.


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

NCAI and Its Partners Release Updated Policy Brief on Economic Development


At the recent Executive Council Winter Session in Washington, D.C., NCAI and five national organizational partners released the updated version of their joint “Tribal Economic Development” brief for federal policymakers.


The brief features top-line policy recommendations for the federal government, designed to enhance tribal nations’ ability to achieve greater economic prosperity and provide their citizens with job opportunities and a good quality of life. As the brief explains, the recommendations should “lead to rigorous, fruitful dialogue between tribal nations and the Administration and Congress about key actions the federal government should take to support tribal nations’ economy building efforts.”


The latest version of the brief emerges from an ongoing collaboration between the following national organizations serving the needs and interests of tribal nations: the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, NCAI, National Indian Gaming Association, Native American Contractors Association, Native American Finance Officers Association, and Native CDFI Network.


To review and download this brief to use for policy advocacy purposes, please click here.


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

DEADLINE FRIDAY: Fiduciary Investment Training Program for Tribal Leaders and Key Decision Makers


The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is pleased to partner with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and the Harvard Business School (HBS) to offer a program for leaders, executive officers, senior administrators, and senior financial managers of tribal nations and Native organizations serving the needs of tribal communities and Native people across the United States.


Developed under the guidance of HBS Executive Education, the Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities Program is the only program of its kind in the United States. The program brings together HBS Faculty and guest speakers from Indian Country who are experts in investing for the purpose of building sustainable tribal economies and communities.


To learn more about and to apply for this program, which will be held May 6-10, 2019 at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, please click here.


The deadline to apply is this Friday, March 1. Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to submit a completed application as early as possible, as there is a limit of 15 U.S. participants for the May 2019 program, and eligible applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.


For questions and to submit your completed application, please contact investment@ncai.org.


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

Child Welfare Information Gateway Conducts Study on Information Access and Use


The Child Welfare Information Gateway, funded by the Children’s Bureau, is conducting a study to better understand how tribal professionals working in child welfare access information and use technology to inform their practice. The purpose of this research is to improve the design, reach of resources, and services for tribal professionals involved in child welfare.


Participants in this research would include, but not be limited to, tribal child welfare workforce professionals, tribal court personnel, and tribal leaders. Individuals will be contacted by organizational partners and asked to complete a 20?minute online survey. Follow?up focus groups with interested participants will provide an opportunity to learn more about tribal child welfare professionals’ information habits and preferences.


If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this research, please contact Christine Leicht, Study Manager, at Christine.Leicht@icf.com or Brian Deakins, Children’s Bureau Lead, at Brian.Deakins@acf.hhs.gov.


NCAI Contact Info: Kelbie Kennedy, Policy Analyst, kkennedy@ncai.org

SAMHSA Funding Opportunity: Substance Abuse in Youth Living in Tribal Communities


This grant program is intended to prevent underage drinking. At their discretion, grantees may also use funds to target up to two additional, data-driven substance abuse prevention priorities, such as the use of marijuana, cocaine, opioids, or methamphetamine, etc. Applications are due March 29, 2019.


Eligibility is limited to 1) federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, or consortia of tribes or tribal organizations and 2) domestic public or private non-profit entities. Recipients who have received funding under SP-16-003 and SP-18-008 are not eligible to apply for funding under this FOA.


Website Information: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sp-19-004


FOA Number: SP-19-004


NCAI Contact Info: Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analyst, ncourtney@ncai.org

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Extends Fiscal Year 2019 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Solicitation Until March 8 


The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. The EJSG program will award approximately $1.5 million nationwide for this competitive opportunity. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants (five per EPA region) of up to $30,000 each. These grants are for one-year projects. Given projected increases in extreme weather events and the vulnerability of underserved populations, this opportunity will emphasize projects that address emergency preparedness and increase resiliency, as well as projects that include the needs of U.S. military veterans and homeless populations.


Full Proposal Due Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EST.


For more information and to view the schedule of upcoming informational webinars, please click here.


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

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Initiates Consultation and Coordination on Establishment of New Tribal Drinking Water Grant Program


The EPA is initiating consultation and coordination with federally recognized tribes regarding the establishment of a new tribal drinking water grant program pursuant to the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act.


About the Grant Program

Three sections of the Act establish grants programs to improve drinking water: §2104 Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities; §2105 Reducing Lead in Drinking Water; and §2107 Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water. The EPA is seeking input on questions related to the §2104 Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities and §2105 Reducing Lead in Drinking Water grants to help guide the implementation of the grant program. The Agency sought tribal consultation and comment on §2107 Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water in the fall of 2018. (A copy of the consultation summary from the previous §2107 Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water tribal consultation is available online here).


The tribal consultation letter and consultation and coordination plan for the §2104 Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities and §2105 Reducing Lead in Drinking Water grants are attached for reference. These consultation materials are also available on EPA’s Tribal Consultation Opportunities Tracking System (TCOTS) website located at: https://tcots.epa.gov. The Agency’s anticipated timeline for the consultation and coordination period is expected to extend from February 20 to March 22, 2019.


EPA is holding two informational webinars for tribal governments on March 6, 2019, and March 14, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. The webinars will provide an overview of the WIIN Act grants and answer any questions. To access the webinar, click here.


For audio, please call: 202-991-0477; conference ID: 5277657


Tribes will have until March 22, 2019 to provide comment on this action.


For any questions, please contact Leslie Temple, the official EPA contact person for this consultation and coordination process, by email at temple.leslie@epa.gov or phone at 202-564-4734.


NCAI Contact Info: Darren Modzelewski, Policy Counsel, dmodzelewski@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 April 17, 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



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