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In this Issue: Check out HUD’s website!

1. What’s New! Federal News Briefs & Important Due Dates

2. Upcoming Trainings/Conferences/Events (Calendar of Events)

3. Funding Announcements for Tribes and tribal organizations

4. Helpful Resources

5. Bits and Pieces

6. Contact Us Visit our website at codetalk.

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|HUD's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) administers housing and community development programs that benefit American Indian and Alaska Native |

|tribal governments, tribal members, the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American organizations. Read more about |

|ONAP’s mission, funding programs, directory, & program accomplishments. Check codetalk for the latest ONAP news and updates . |

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|NOFA Published for FY19 & FY20 Indian Community Development Block Grant - Applications due Feb. 3, 2020. |

|The Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Indian Community Development Block Grant Applicants must be eligible Indian tribes (or tribal organization). Funding of up to |

|$65,000,000 is available through this NOFA from funds appropriated for FY2019. Funding for FY2020 will be awarded through this NOFA and is subject to |

|congressional appropriation. To view the grant opportunity and submit an application, visit |

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|HUD Program Guidance- No. 2019-05 FBI Criminal History Guidance (posted 1/7/20) |

|Purpose: This guidance updates and replaces NAHASDA Guidance No. 20 13-08, Update to Instructions for Obtaining FBI Criminal History Record Information, |

|August 19, 2013. It advises Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE5) on the process for obtaining Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) |

|criminal history record information of adult applicants for employment or current and prospective tenants for purposes of applicant screening, lease |

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|HUD News and Opinion |

|HUD Secretary Ben Carson announces bus tour (HousingWire) |

|Ben Carson, HUD Taking Initiative on Affordable Housing (MReport) |

|HUD to Launch Affordable Housing Bus Tour (National Mortgage Professional Magazine) |

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|FTA FY19 Awards for Tribal Transportation: The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced projects selected to receive |

|approximately $5 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments under FTA’s Tribal Transit Program. The FY 2019 grants will |

|support 39 projects in 20 states. These Tribal Transit grants will help connect tribal residents with jobs, healthcare and other essential services. |

|Program funds are available to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities to support capital projects, operating|

|costs, and planning activities for new and improved public transportation services on and around tribal lands. |

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Housing Help: Resources for Native Americans - Contact the following offices for assistance:

• To live on public lands, contact the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH).

• To live on a reservation, contact a local Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE).

• Locate your state housing counseling agency or call 1-800-569-4287 to locate the nearest agency.

Native American Housing Programs

• Indian Housing's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) - administers housing & community development programs to ensure that safe, decent, & affordable housing for Native American families.

• Indian Housing Grant Programs-provide financial assistance for Indian tribes to develop affordable housing and to provide housing activities on a reservation or Indian area. Guidebooks available.

• Housing Improvement Program (HIP): provides home repair, renovation, replacement, & new housing grants

• Native Housing Resources/Tribal Court Clearinghouse (a project of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute):

• Healthier Tribal Housing: Combining the Best of Old and New:


ITEP’s Onsite Mentor Program: The ITEP Onsite Mentor Program provides assistance with solid waste management activities, and has successfully helped a number of Tribes get assistance from other Tribal professionals! To apply, fill out an application from the ITEP Mentor page (). Applications for this quarter are due Wed., Jan. 22, 2020. For more info., contact Todd Barnell ( or Julie Jurkowski (


FREE HUD/ONAP Trainings! Registration for HUD’s trainings is FREE, but you must register to attend. For course descriptions & to register, visit CALENDAR OF EVENTS


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|Conferences & Event |Date/Location |Description |

|Emergency Preparedness for Outbreaks|Jan. 29-30 |The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) is offering a FREE two day workshop titled |

|of Pests |Phoenix, AZ |Emergency Preparedness for Outbreaks of Insect and Arthropod Vectors and Communicable Pests. Seating|

| | |is limited, so register now at: . For more info. contact Ms. |

| | |Shundene Key at Shundene.Key@ or via phone at (602) 258-4822. |

|Making Homeownership Affordable in |Jan. 30 |This webinar is based on the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Center for Indian Country |

|Indian Country |Webinar 3:00 – 4:30 |Development’s Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership. Webinar topics include affordable home |

| |pm EST |design and construction, and making the right choices. Panelists are Susan Hammond, Executive |

| | |Director, Four Directions Development Corporation, and Patrice Kunesh. |

| | |Register here |

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|National Tribal Crime Prevention |Feb. 4-6 |FREE forum for tribal leaders and federal agencies to discuss methamphetamine prevalence, opioid |

|Summit (HUD/ONAP) |Denver, CO |addiction, violence against women, and gang violence. Discussion of these topics will aid tribal |

| | |leaders to come up with unified efforts for their community to combat these crimes. Participants |

| | |will learn about how these topics affect housing and the greater tribal community. Info. on |

| | |available funding sources and ideas for implementing policies to prevent and address these crimes |

| | |will be shared. Tribal leaders, housing department executives, housing authority leaders, and |

| | |interested tribal community members are encouraged to participate in this event. Register at |

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|Enhancing & Implementing |Feb. 25-27 |Curriculum delves into the components of a homeownership program helping practitioners determine |

|Homeownership Programs in Native |Isleta, NM |what assets are in place, identify gaps, and outline next steps. For info., contact Susan Anderson |

|Communities | |at susananderson@  |

|RES2020 |March 1-5, 2020 |RES2020 is the world’s premier Tribal business event targeting over 3,000 attendees from around the |

| |Las Vegas, NV |country. RES2020 gives Tribal organizations the opportunity to start that dialogue with key decision|

| | |makers, and offers a full-day of training for budding businesses, a procurement expo that links |

| | |buyers and contractors with Native suppliers and subcontractors and a Trade Show to facilitate |

| | |additional business connections and networking. For more info., visit |

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|5th Annual Tribal Nations Training |March 28-Apr 4 |The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) hosts this training, which is completely funded for |

|Week |Anniston, AL |state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders to include roundtrip airfare, meals, |

| | |lodging, training and any equipment required during training. Visit to |

| | |complete the online registration. Your FEMA SID number and Password will be needed/used throughout |

| | |the registration process, leading up to your attendance, and while attending training. For more |

| | |info, contact David Hall at David.Hall@fema. or 866-213-9548. |

|20th Annual Travois Indian Country |March 31-Apr. 2 |This one-of-a-kind educational conference provides help for tribal entities interested in securing |

|Affordable Housing & Economic |San Antonio, TX |funds for affordable housing and economic developments in Native communities. Learn tips and tools |

|Development Conference | |for using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) |

| | |program and other financing sources like impact investments, grants and more. These two federal tax |

| | |credit programs have directly led to more than $1.4 billion of new and rehabilitated homes, |

| | |businesses and services in Indian Country. Travois staff, experienced tribal developers and industry|

| | |partners will share best practices on how to move developments forward — planning, securing |

| | |financing, architectural design, construction monitoring, asset management and compliance and more. |

| | |Outstanding industry professionals who are making a difference in Native communities will be |

| | |recognized at the Superhero Awards ceremony celebrating Travois 25th anniversary! Registration opens|

| | |soon. Questions? Contact comm@ or call 816-994-8970. |

|21st Annual |May 27-29 |The National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ) aims to support tribal programs by fostering |

|National Tribal Forum on Air Quality|Tulsa, OK |information-sharing and networking opportunities that build tribal capacity in air quality |

| | |management. The NTFAQ provides environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations|

| | |an opportunity to meet and discuss current regulatory initiatives and technical info., and share |

| | |practical knowledge relevant to tribal programs. For more info., visit |

|National Tribal & Indigenous Climate|Aug. 31-Sept. 4 |The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) hosts the US’ First Annual National |

|Conference (NTICC) |Location: TBA |Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference (NTICC) along with support from the Bureau of Indian |

| | |Affairs (BIA) Tribal Resilience Program. The NTICC is open to all US tribal nations & Indigenous |

| | |Peoples from throughout the world, with an emphasis on including our Elders & Youth. The NTICC will |

| | |convene experts on climate change which will include a balance of Western Science & Traditional |

| | |Indigenous Knowledges. Topic areas will address impacts, assessments, adaptation, mitigation, |

| | |implementation, and solutions. For more info., contact ITEP Conferences at 928/523-9555 or |

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|Falmouth Institute |Feb – March |Indian Housing Law |

| |Las Vegas, NV |February 26 - 28 l Las Vegas, NV |

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| | |Construction Inspection for Tribes and Tribal Organizations |

| | |February 20 - 21 l Las Vegas, NV |

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| | |Management and Control of Tribal Assets and Property |

| | |March 26 - 27 l Las Vegas, NV |

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| | |Budgeting for Tribal Office Managers and Administrative Professionals |

| | |February  18 - 19 l Las Vegas, NV |

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| | |Applying OMB's Grant Compliance Requirements; Navigating the Super Circular's Compliance Supplement |

| | |February 19 - 20 l Las Vegas, NV |

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| | |Indian Country Indirect Cost Summit |

| | |March 18 - 19 l Las Vegas, NV |


|Agency/Source |Deadline To |Additional Information |

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|Water Management Funding|Jan. 8, 2020|The Bureau of Reclamation funding opportunity for technical assistance to federally recognized Indian tribes to |

|Opportunity for Indian | |assist them in developing, managing and protecting their water and related resources. Reclamation anticipates |

|Tribes | |distributing a total of $1 million for up to 15 different projects to assist tribes in the 17 Western states. The |

| | |maximum award per proposal is $200,000; projects must be completed within two physical years. More info. at |

| | | by searching for funding opportunities "BOR-DO-20-FO13." |

|FY19 Pre-Disaster |Jan. 31, |NOFO FY19 Pre-Disaster Mitigation & Fact Sheet: . |

|Mitigation/Flood |2020 |NOFO FY19 Flood Mitigation Assistance & Fact Sheet: |

|Mitigation Assistance | |Subscribe to FEMAs Mitigation Minute, at Hazard Mitigation Assistance webpage and select "Subscribe to HMA.” |

|Agency/Source |Deadline To |Additional Information |

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|Native American |Jan. 31, |Native American Congressional Internship : Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation provides a summer |

|Congressional Internship|2020 |internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and |

| | |issues affecting Indian country. |

|FY 19/20 Indian |Feb. 3 |The Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Indian Community Development Block Grants are available to eligible Indian tribes (or |

|Community Development | |tribal organization). Funding of up to $65,000,000 is available for FY 2019. Funding for FY2020 will be awarded |

|Block Grants (HUD/ONAP) | |through this NOFA and is subject to congressional appropriation. More info. is found at |

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| | |All grants must be submitted through . To view the grant opportunity and submit an application package, |

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|Up to $15 Million |Feb. 6 |DOE funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. This funding will support Indian Tribes, including |

|Available to Deploy | |Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy |

|Energy Infrastructure on| |Development Organizations, interested in developing their vast energy resources to: |

|Tribal Lands (DOE) | |Install energy generating system(s) &/or energy efficiency measure(s) for Tribal Building(s) (Topic Area 1) |

| | |Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) or energy storage on Tribal Lands (Topic Area 2) |

| | |Install energy system(s) for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid)|

| | |to power a single or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community |

| | |resilience (Topic Area 3) |

| | |Deploy energy infrastructure and integrated energy system(s) to electrify Tribal Building(s) (Topic Area 4). |

| | |Application Info. at: . Learn more and apply. |

| | |An informational webinar to provide more information on the FOA, including who is eligible to apply, what an |

| | |application needs to include, cost share and other requirements, how to ask questions, and how applications will |

| | |be selected for funding. View the presentation slides and video |

|FY2020 Environmental |Feb. 11, |competitive funding opportunity for projects designed to build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the |

|Literacy Grants |2020 |public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather|

| |(Priority 2)|and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. This funding opportunity is |

| | |soliciting 2 types of projects through separate competitive priorities. |

| | |Priority 1 will support new projects ($250,000 - $500,000 per project) located in Southern & Western Regions of US|

| | |Priority 2 will support the evolution of projects funded under the 2015-2016 funding opportunities from this |

| | |program. The list of awards that are eligible can be found here: . Funding levels for this|

| | |priority are $100,000 - $500,000 per project. For both priorities, eligible applicants are: ·   institutions |

| | |of higher education;     K-12 public and independent schools and school systems;    other nonprofits, |

| | |including community-based organizations and informal education institutions, such as museums, zoos, and |

| | |aquariums;      state and local government agencies; and      Indian tribal governments in the United |

| | |States.  |

| | |Read the full funding announcement (NOAA-SEC-OED-2020-2006190) in for additional requirements. |

|Planning and Developing |March 9 |Grant Program provides tribal and urban Indian communities with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic,|

|Infrastructure to | |evidence and community-based, coordinated system of care to support mental health for children, youth, and |

|Promote the Mental | |families. These grants are intended to increase the capacity and effectiveness of mental health systems serving |

|Health of Children, | |AI/AN communities. Circles of Care grant recipients will focus on the need to reduce gap between the need for |

|Youth and Families in | |mental health services & the availability of such services for the target population. Program has strong emphasis |

|AI/AN Communities | |on cross-system collaboration, inclusion of family, youth and community resources, and cultural approaches. SAMHSA|

|(Circles of Care) | |plans to issue 17 grants of up to $310,000 per year for up to 3 years. Learn More About This Grant |

|Rural Business |Open |Federally Recognized Indian Tribes are eligible. This program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted |

|Development Grants | |technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging |

| | |private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in |

| | |gross revenue. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities. More |

| | |info. at: |

|Rural Broadband Loans & |Open |Broadband Program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement,|

|Loan Guarantees (USDA) | |or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible |

| | |rural areas. For more info. on other programs administered by Rural Utility Service (RUS) Telecommunications |

| | |visit: |

|USDA WATER & WASTE |Open |USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides loans/grants for clean and reliable drinking water|

|DISPOSAL LOANS & GRANTS | |systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and |

| | |businesses in rural areas with a population of 10,000 or less. In some cases, funding may also be available for |

| | |related activities such as legal and engineering fees, land acquisition, water and land rights, permits and |

| | |equipment and other activities necessary to complete a project. Eligible Applicants include federally recognized |

| | |tribes who are unable to obtain commercial credit. RDApply. |

|Agency/Source |Deadline To |Additional Information |

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|Drinking Water and Waste|Open |Drinking Water and Waste Disposal for Rural and Native Alaskan Villages |

|Disposal for Rural & | |USDA Rural Development offers this program to help extend access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal |

|Native Alaskan Villages | |systems for households and businesses in remote and extremely isolated parts of the U. S. |

|Telecommunications |Ongoing |Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees |

|Infrastructure Loans & | |Program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and |

|Loan Guarantees (USDA | |broadband in rural areas. |

|RD/RUS) | | |

|Justice Department |Open |Justice Department Announces Funding Opportunities for Tribal Communities |

|Announces Funding | |The U.S. Department of Justice announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to|

|Opportunities for Tribal| |federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public |

|Communities | |safety, victim services and crime prevention. |

|Indian Land Tenure |Open |The Foundation provides funding to Indian nations to support various aspects of land recovery with a focus on |

|Foundation - Land | |reacquiring alienated federal lands. Returning lands to Indian ownership and control is important to ensure that |

|Recovery Efforts | |Indian people have access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations. The Foundation |

| | |supports a variety of initiatives to assist tribes in the development of plans to reacquire reservation lands. |

| | |More info. at: |

|Environmental |Open |Loan Program to create/improve/expand supply of safe drinking water, waste disposal systems & other facilities |

|Infrastructure Loan | |serving rural communities by providing early funding to small rural communities to determine feasibility & pay |

|Program (RCAC) | |pre-development costs prior to receiving state &/or federal program funding. May also provide interim construction|

| | |financing, & intermediate/long-term loans for system improvements. Nonprofit orgs., public agencies & tribal |

| | |governments are eligible. Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less in AK, AZ, |

| | |CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA and WY. Community size is limited to 10,000 for long-term USDA guaranteed |

| | |loans & short-term loans for which USDA is the long-term lender. Eligible projects incl. water, wastewater, solid |

| | |waste/storm water facilities. Contact Juanita Hallstrom, jhallstrom@ or visit |

|Financial Literacy |Open |- Discover Foundation. Applications accepted year-round. |

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|Honor the Earth Native |Open |Honor the Earth Native Food Security Grants Funding for native organizations working to create food security |

|Food Security Grants | |using traditional seeds, foods, and growing methods, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. |

|Direct Home Loans for |Open |Program makes home loans available to eligible Native American Veterans who wish to purchase, construct, or |

|Native Americans - | |improve a home on Federal Trust land or to reduce the interest rate. Veterans who are not Native American, but |

|Veterans Benefits | |who are married to a Native American non-Veteran, may be eligible for a direct loan under this program. For more |

|Administration (VBA) | |info., visit the NADL program website. General Program Requirements: 1. Applicant must be an eligible Veteran. |

| | |2. Tribal organization or other appropriate Native American group must participate in the VA direct loan program. |

| | |The tribal organization must have signed a MOU with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, that spells out the |

| | |conditions under which the program will operate on its trust lands. 3. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility. |

| | |4. The loan must be to purchase, construct, or improve a home on Native American trust land. 5. The Veteran must |

| | |occupy the property as his or her primary residence. 6. The Veteran must be a satisfactory credit risk. |

|Community Facilities |Ongoing |RURAL LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to |

|Fund (LISC) | |help develop & improve essential community facilities in rural areas. This fund provides permanent and |

| | |construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, |

| | |educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under |

| | |20,000. Click here for more. |

|Emergency Community |Open |Program helps eligible rural communities recover from or prepare for emergencies that result in a decline in |

|Water Assistance Grants | |capacity to provide safe, reliable drinking water for households & businesses. Federally recognized Tribal lands |

|(USDA-RD) | |and Colonias are eligible; Privately owned wells are not eligible.•Up to $150K for repairs to breaks/leaks in |

| | |existing water distribution lines, & related maintenance. • Up to $500K for construction of a new water source, |

| | |intake &/or treatment facility or waterline extensions. |

|National Endowment for |Open |Program supports creative placemaking projects to help transform communities into lively, beautiful & resilient |

|the Arts “Our Town” | |places achieving community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, &/or design. This funding |

|Grant Program | |supports local efforts to enhance quality of life & opportunity for existing residents, increase creative |

| | |activity, & create or preserve a distinct sense of place. Eligible lead applicants are: ● Nonprofit tax-exempt |

| | |501(c)(3) U.S. organizations with 3-year history of programming; and ● Local govt counties, parishes, cities, |

| | |towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. |

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|Indian Loan Guaranty, |Open |This program assists in obtaining financing from private sources to promote business development initiatives that |

|Insurance, and Interest | |contribute to the economy of the reservation or service area. Qualifications for this program: |

|Subsidy Program (DOI) | |An individually enrolled member of a Federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group |

| | |Corporation with no less than 51% ownership by Federally recognized American Indians or Alaska Natives |

| | |A Federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group. |

| | |For more information, call 202-219-0740 or visit . |


• Centralized website for federal grant opportunities: • Government Information by Topic: .

• Explore U.S. Federal Agency Resources for Native Americans:

• HUD’s PIH Notices to Tribes and TDHEs:

• HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities: sustainability.

• Federal Register Today: .

• Environmental Resources

• Grants Available to Tribes on Health Issues

• Resources Available to Tribes on Health Issues

• National Resource Database for Tribal Water System Operators:

• Multi-agency Infrastructure Task Force in Indian Country:

• Asset Building for Native Communities:

• Center for American Indian Economic Development:

• Southern California Indian Center-

• Indian Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.

• Native American Contractors Association:

• CDFIs: Native Capital Access: Native Community Finance:

• National Congress of American Indians: National American Indian Housing Council:

Southwestern States Inter Tribal Councils and Indian Chambers of Commerce

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona:

Inter Tribal Council of California:

Inter Tribal Council of Nevada:

All Pueblo Governors Council (of New Mexico):

American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona

American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California

Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA)

Nevada/California Indian Housing Association


• USDA Rural Development

• Rural Utilities Service: High Energy Cost Grant Program (USDA): .

• Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Indian Self-Determination Services

• Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (Native Americans)

• General Services Administration (GSA)

• Indian Health Service (IHS)

IHS Environmental Health Support Center (Training Opportunities)

• Department of Health & Human Services (HRSA)

• Department of Energy's (DOE)Tribal Energy Program

• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Tribal Solid Waste:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Green Building:

Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities: smartgrowth

• Internal Revenue Service – Tax Information for Indian Tribal Governments:

• Department of Treasury CDFI Fund

• Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Money Smart materials can be found at moneysmart

• US Department of Commerce - MDBA (Minority Business Development Agency)

Economic Development Administration . Small Business Administration (SBA)

• OCC Native American Banking Resource Directory ics/community-affairs/publications/index-ca-publications.html

• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) –

Disaster Preparedness &Recovery

FEMA - Trainings for Tribal representatives & staff.

• Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Office of Native Affairs & Policy .

• Administration for Native Americans (ANA):

• Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) Training & Events:

• Partnership for Sustainable Communities:

• Sustainable Communities Resource Center – portal/sustainability/resources_rural_sustainability.html

• Social Security Administration - Public website

• SSA’s American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) page

• Dept. of Transportation: Transportation Planning Capacity Building: planning. MAP 21 map21

• Veterans Administration: Native American Direct Loan Program:

VA Office of Tribal Government Relations


5. BITS & PIECES: Tribal News


|CONFERENCES: To enhance diversity in the field of criminal justice, the U.S. Dept. of Justice will make it possible for Native American students |

|to explore how their educational backgrounds apply to issues of crime and justice. They will meet researchers and practitioners engaged in similar |

|work. Conferences will expose students to innovative and evidence-based scientific and technological solutions to justice issues. Eligibility, |

|application and other crucial program details are available online at: . Deadline for application is April 15, 2020. |

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|Udall Native American Congressional Internship applications open: The Native American Congressional Internship gives Native American and Alaska |

|Native students a first-hand look at Federal-Tribal relations and allows them to work on issues important to their communities. This fully-funded, |

|ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, is open to undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Interns work in congressional and agency |

|offices where they research legislation, meet public officials and Tribal leaders, and network with a strong cohort of Native professionals. The |

|Foundation provides airfare, housing, a living allowance, and a $1,200 educational stipend. Applications due Jan. 31, 2020 (postmark). For more |

|info.: or contact Jason Curley at curley@, or (520) 901-8564. |

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|The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) 2020 scholarship application cycle for the USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program. The program aims to increase the|

|number of tribal college and university students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. |

|The USDA program partners with tribally controlled colleges and universities with land-grant status to provide full tuition, fees, books, and |

|workforce training to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. The program is |

|available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college, and current freshman, sophomore, or juniors. General requirements include|

|U.S. citizenship, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and acceptance to, or currently attending a 1994 institution to study agriculture, food, and natural |

|resources. The scholarship is renewable each year and is contingent on satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward an associates |

|or a bachelor’s degree. Additional requirements are listed in the application package. All application materials must be postmarked by February 09,|

|2020. See the high school application (PDF, 577 KB) and the college application (PDF, 592 KB) for details. For other questions, email |

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|Opportunity Zones New Mexico offers $1 million bonus to Opportunity Zone projects |

|The State of New Mexico incentive program for Opportunity Zone (OZ) projects offers a $1 million bonus to investments that meet certain benchmarks.|

|This $1-million OZ Jobs Bonus shows that Opportunity Zone investments are a key strategy for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as the state diversifies |

|its economy. The federal tax initiative to stimulate development in lower-income neighborhoods can be a huge catalyst in New Mexico where it can be|

|difficult to attract outside financing. The state of New Mexico has designated 63 Opportunity Zones in 22 counties as part of the U.S. Government’s|

|Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The purpose of the tax law is to attract capital investment into economically distressed areas in exchange for a |

|reduced tax obligation. “As far as we know, New Mexico is the only state to offer this kind of Opportunity Zone Bonus Program,” said Keyes. “We are|

|doing it because we know this is a once-in-a lifetime chance to reinvigorate rural, aging neighborhoods, and vital infrastructure.“ Under the $1 |

|million OZ Jobs Bonus, the N.M. Economic Development Department will use the existing Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) grant fund to kick in |

|the additional money to Opportunity Zone projects. The initiative must meet LEDA guidelines, be in one of the nine key industry sectors outlined by|

|the Governor, as well as other criteria. For more information, visit or email To Learn More, |

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|The Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) welcomes its 8th cohort of CNAY Champions for Change (Champions) to Washington, DC, |

|in February 2020. This marks the first convening of the year--long leadership program. The 2020 Champions include Owen L. Oliver (Quinault |

|(Chinook) Indian Nation & Isleta Pueblo), Jazmine Wildcat (Northern Arapaho), Warren Davis (Navajo Nation), Isabella Madrigal (Cahuilla Band of |

|Indians & Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians), and Shavaughna Underwood (Quinault Indian Nation). Learn more at . |

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|Indian Energy Champion: Bernadette Cuthair |

|Dept. of Energy’s blog series, Indian Energy Champions, spotlights innovators in Indian energy. Bernadette Cuthair, Director of Planning & |

|Development for Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, talks about her role in the Tribe’s 1-megawatt community solar project and her vision for the future. Read |

|more on our blog. |

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|2020 Indian Housing Development Handbook: The National American Indian Housing Council has published its 2020 Indian Housing Development Handbook.|

|Download it at: |

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|ACHP Releases an Early Coordination with Indian Tribes Handbook: The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) published Early Coordination |

|with Indian Tribes During Pre-application Processes: A Handbook with assistance from a tribal working group, federal and state agencies, and energy|

|producers and trade organizations. This Handbook provides background information on the Section 106 process for applicant-driven projects and |

|offers suggestions for federal agencies, industry, and Indian tribes to work collaboratively and effectively in pre-application planning. The |

|document includes best practices from an Indian tribe, an energy company, and a state transportation agency. The ACHP also launched an online, |

|on-demand eLearning course, Early Coordination with Indian Tribes for Infrastructure Projects. The course will help federal agencies and applicants|

|develop skills for interacting and working with Indian tribes early in project planning. For more info., visit: |

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The IRS’ Indian Tribal Government’s webpage, Volunteer Tax Assistance Resources for Indian Country, provides resources that can help taxpayers situated in or near Indian Country to prepare their income tax returns. The webpage also includes a VITA-Site Locater which identifies some sites operating in or near Indian Country, which typically are staffed with volunteers familiar with the unique tax issues affecting Indian tribal members. The tribal community can find answers to many questions on tribes. If you have a question on any tribal tax matter, please visit Contact ITG for a list of ITG offices that may be able to help you. To subscribe to the IRS/ITG mailing list, click subscribe.

Tribal Strategic Planning and Partnerships & Community Outreach online courses!

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) offers professional development training to new and seasoned tribal professionals through interactive online courses. The Tribal Strategic Planning/ETEP and Partnerships & Community Outreach courses are available Feb. 13 – March 20, 2020. These two online courses are fee-based and have instructors to ensure your individual questions are answered in a timely manner during the course period. Instructors: Sharon Hausam, Ph.D., AICP, Pueblo of Laguna, Planning Program Manager, and Ondrea Barber, former Director for the Gila River Indian Community’s Department of Environmental Quality and Manager for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Environmental Protection & Natural Resources Division. These online courses contain assignments, quizzes, videos, examples, and other resources. You will continue to have access to course materials after the course end date. Register for TSP & ETEPs!

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SWONAP’s Main Office (Phoenix)

One North Central Avenue, Suite 600

Phoenix, AZ, 85004-2361

Phone: (602) 379-7200 FAX: (602) 379-3101/3985

Website: offices/pih/ih/codetalk/onap/swonap

SWONAP’s Albuquerque Office

500 Gold Avenue SW, 7th Floor, Suite 7301

PO Box 906, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0906

Phone: (505) 346-6923 FAX: (505) 346-7220

Remember to check codetalk for the latest ONAP news and updates.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Southwest Office of native American programs

David Southerland, Interim Administrator

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Information Bulletin of the Southwest Office of Native American Program for the week of January 27, 2020




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