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NCAI Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program: Application Window Now Open for 2019-2020 Cohort!


The NCAI Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance provides an exceptional opportunity for emerging young professionals from across Indian Country to work side by side with national leaders in tribal policy and governance.


Fellows serve 11-month tenures with NCAI at the Embassy of Tribal Nations in Washington, D.C., and are full-time, paid members of the NCAI staff. Applicants must have a college degree or equivalent experience.


Deadline to apply: 12:00 p.m. EST on March 31, 2019


Notifications of selections: April 30, 2019


For more information about the Fellowship Program or to apply, please click here.


NCAI Contact Info: Ahniwake Rose, Deputy Director, arose@ncai.org

Request for Proposal (RFP): NCAI Seeks Archival Consultant to Lead Design of Multimedia Digital Archives


The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is seeking an experienced consultant to assist NCAI with the design and launch of an online, searchable digital archives of NCAI documents and print- and multimedia-based resources for use by NCAI staff, tribal leaders, and the general public.


The deadline to apply for this RFP is Friday, April 19, 2019.


To learn more about NCAI’s Request for Proposal and to apply, please click here.


NCAI Contact: Ahniwake Rose, Deputy Director, arose@ncai.org

SAMHSA WEBINAR: Developing a Competitive Grant


The Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy and the Office of Financial Resources at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be offering a webinar series specifically designed for tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations on how to develop a competitive SAMHSA grant application on Wednesday, March 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. The series was developed in response to feedback from tribal representatives and will clarify what is and is not required in submitting grant applications to SAMHSA.


The series will address:


·     The four registration processes that need to be completed;

·     Preparing to apply for a grant;

·     Key components of the funding opportunity announcement;

·     Responding effectively to the evaluation criteria;

·     Completing the budget; and

·     Resources and technical assistance that are available.


Event Address for AttendeesClick Here

Conference number: PWXW8906841

Audience passcode: 1922828


If you would like to receive the slides prior to the webinar, please contact Beverly Vayhinger at beverly.vayhinger@samhsa.hhs.gov


NCAI Contact Info: Nick Courtney, Policy Analysis, ncourtney@ncai.org

Tribal Public Health Week With NIHB

April 1 – 5


In recognition of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) National Public Health Week, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is celebrating Tribal Public Health Week from April 1st-5th! Join them throughout the week by participating in one of their activities.


You can find and register for each day’s activities here.


NCAI Contact: Nick Courtney, Policy Analysis, ncourtney@ncai.org

Creating the NCAI Climate Action Task Force: We Need Your Input!


The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is creating the NCAI Tribal Climate Action Task Force, which will formally launch at NCAI’s Mid Year Conference in June 2019. Composed of tribal leaders and other key stakeholders from across the country, the Task Force will work with tribal nations, intertribal organizations, and other key stakeholders to develop and advocate for consensus-based policy priorities designed to support the climate action efforts of tribal nations. It also will document and share successful tribal climate action initiatives with Indian Country.


To ensure the Tribal Climate Action Task Force meets the needs and advances the priorities of Indian Country, NCAI invites you to provide us your input by completing a short survey featuring five questions (estimated completion time: 5-7 minutes). NOTE: Your answers to this survey will be anonymous. Individual responses will be reviewed by NCAI for its internal use only and will not be shared publicly.


To complete the survey, please click here.


To learn more about tribal climate action efforts, please visit NCAI’s new Climate Action Resource Center by clicking here.


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

New on NCAI’s YouTube Channel: Native Village of Kotzebue Environmental Program (2018 Harvard Honoring Nations Award Winner)


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 past five weeks, NCAI’s Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) has released a new video featuring one of the 2018 Honoring Nations Award recipients. In this final week, PTG shares the story of the Native Village of Kotzebue’s Environmental Program.


The Native Village of Kotzebue’s Environmental Program advances Village research priorities that meld Iñupiat traditional knowledge with Western science, influences state and federal policy, and fully participates in the management of natural resources critical to protecting and sustaining their cultural, nutritional, and spiritual lifeways.


Sharing the Native Village of Kotzebue’s story of governance success in this video is Alex Whiting, Environmental Specialist with Kotzebue’s Environmental Program.


To watch the Native Village of Kotzebue share its tribal governance success story, please click here.


Other 2018 Honoring Nations Award Videos:

Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Indian Child Welfare Act Partnership

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s Myaamiaki Eemamwiciki Program

Yurok Tribe Wellness Programming

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Health Aide Training Programs

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma’s Agricultural Programs


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


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

N.D. Passes Bill Prohibiting Schools From Baring Eagle Feathers At Graduation.


On March 19th 2019, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed a bill that prohibits school districts in the state from creating policies that bar students from displaying eagle feathers/plumes at graduation in expressing their traditional beliefs and to honor their academic and other achievements.


NCAI urges all schools to respect traditional tribal religious and spiritual beliefs by allowing Native students to wear an eagle feather at graduation via Resolution SD-15-006.


NCAI Contact: Nick Courtney, Policy Analysis, ncourtney@ncai.org

DOJ Funding Opportunity:

Tribal-Researcher Capacity Building Grants


This grant program is intended to support research involving tribal nations on issues of crime and justice in the United States. The goal of this solicitation is to build an increased capability to conduct rigorous research and evaluation projects in Indian Country and Alaska Native villages through the promotion of engagement between researchers and tribal nations.


These grants provide funds to develop new and innovative criminal justice research projects involving federally recognized tribes (or tribally-based organizations), and that represent a new tribal researcher investigator partnership. For the purposes of this solicitation, a new partnership is defined as a newly developed partnership where a partnership did not previously exist. Applications are due May 13, 2019.


Click here to view the website.


FOA Number: NIJ-2019-15203


For more information, and to view the full solicitation, please click here.


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


Find website information here.


FOA Number: SP-19-004


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

Funding for Census Outreach, Deadline April 8, 2019


The national Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup is offering a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Census Equity Fund. The Fund is designed to support Census preparation and outreach in regions of the country with high proportions of historically undercounted populations and relatively fewer philanthropic resources. In the initial rounds, the Fund is prioritizing applications from states in the South and Southwest, plus several additional states with substantial Native Alaska or Native American populations (please see the attached RFP for a full list).


Proposals are due on April 8, 2019 and may be submitted from funder collaboratives, nonprofit collaboratives or individual organizations. The Fund is prioritizing proposals that demonstrate coordination or collaboration with other entities to conduct a comprehensive outreach campaign in a state or region.


Priority Regions


The Census Subgroup sought to identify how the limited dollars in the Census Equity Fund could be leveraged for greatest impact. The Census Subgroup assessed each states’ numbers of people in hard-to-count census tracts. They also examined data on American Indian/Alaska Native populations, recognizing that these populations had a high undercount in the 2010 census and also tend to have fewer philanthropic resources dedicated to their communities. Based on this analysis, the Census Subgroup will prioritize proposals in the initial RFP rounds from the following states:


Alabama      Mississippi      Oklahoma

Alaska          Montana         South Carolina

Arkansas      Nevada           South Dakota

Arizona         New Mexico   Tennessee

Florida          North Carolina Texas

Georgia        North Dakota  Virginia



See the full RFP for information on funded activities, timeline, and selection criteria.


If you have any questions, please email Amy Dominguez-Arms at amydarms@gmail.com.


Please submit your proposals to Amy Dominguez-Arms at amydarms@gmail.com by April 8, 2019.


NCAI Contact Info: Amber Ebarb, Program Manager, aebarb@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.


Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Learn more about this position here.


Multimedia Resource Development Specialist

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Membership Coordinator

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Human Resources and Operations Specialist

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