Native Housing Update

-Updates from National American Indian Housing Council
November 13, 2017
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Sponsors for 2017 Legal Symposium
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Tipi Sponsors 

Long House Sponsor  
Anonymous: In Memory of John Williamson

Meet the Staff
Tony Walters-Executive Director
Cherokee Nation 
Joe Diehl -  
Deputy Director  
LindaLee Retka- 
Program Director 
White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa
Shane Begay-
T/TA Program Manager
Navajo Nation
Valerie Butterbredt- 
Membership & Advocacy Program Assistant
Bishop Paiute Tribe
Yolanda Almeida-
Finance & Operation
Program Assistant    
Brian Mann-
T/TA Program Assistant
Eastern Shoshone Tribe  
Cristy Davies-
Events Planner    
NAIHC Information
Join us in Welcoming Brian Mann to NAIHC!
Brian Mann serves as the Training & Technical Assistance Program Assistant with the National American Indian Housing Council. In this capacity, he assists in the coordination of the NAIHC T/TA program by collecting, maintaining and organizing all program database records and files; tracking student attendance, examinations and certificates with the NAIHC Leadership Institute; and coordinating the correspondence and logistics for housing professionals receiving the Professional Indian Housing Manager certification. In addition to training & technical assistance activities, Brian also assists the NAIHC headquarters staff in the daily operations of the program.

Mr. Mann is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Fort Washakie, Wyoming located on the Wind River Indian Reservation. He is the former Deputy Executive Director of the Eastern Shoshone Housing Authority with over six years' experience working in affordable housing in the capacities of executive management, procurement and housing services. During his time at ESHA, Brian was responsible for the management and compliance of not only the Indian Housing Block Grant but also the Indian Community Development Block Grant, an award of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, an Affordable Housing Grant award, and other various funding sources that have aided the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in developing twenty new rental units and the much needed modernization of existing 1937 Act rental properties. Brian also developed a tenant-based rental assistance program for qualified tenants as an avenue to expand housing services options for the Eastern Shoshone Tribe
Join us in Las Vegas, December 3-5, 2017 for the NAIHC Annual Legal Symposium.

Sunday, December 3 through Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Meeting Location: The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV

This is the premier learning event for housing and legal professionals from across the country working to address the availability and access to affordable housing for Native American families.  The event provides a forum to discuss regulatory and legal issues in the tribal housing arena, as well as related community development issues.

Bringing together legal practitioners, housing organizations, tribal housing authorities, law students, legal academics and other tribal leaders - Join more that 500 of your industry peers and foremost experts in Indian housing law and regulations. And, nearly 30 training sessions will be offered.

Explore ideas, experiences, share insights and address emerging issues whether you are a seasoned legal practitioner or just beginning your professional path working in housing this is the event to attend.  

Speakers for the Legal Symposium:

  • US Census Bureau
  • Tala Tootoosis, Addiction Counselor/ Motivational Speaker
  • Tentative Congresswoman Dina Titus

Additional speakers still being confirmed.

Legislative Committee Meeting
Sunday December 3, 2017 | 1:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME
FCC Will Vote on Tribal Historic Preservation Exclusions - Pole Replacements and Rights of Way
On October 26 th, the Federal Communications Commission announced its tentative agenda for its November Meeting including an item titled "Replacement Utility Poles Report and Order." In this Report and Order, the FCC would eliminate the requirement for historic preservation review (including Tribal Historic Preservation review) for utility poles replacements, new equipment on existing infrastructure. The Report and Order would also consolidate the Commission's historic preservation review (including Tribal Historic Preservation Review) procedures, currently in a variety of locations, into a single rule. NCAI filed a number of comments on this item, including a single comment with 13 Regional Tribal Organizations signing on. 
NCAI Contact Info: Maria Givens, Policy Analyst,

FCC Will Vote on Changes to Tribal Lifeline Eligibility Requirements
On October 26th, the Federal Communications Commission announced  its tentative agenda for its November Meeting including an item titled "Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers" that targets Tribal Lifeline funding and limits Tribal eligibility for the program. The Lifeline Program was started by President Reagan and was aimed to make telephone, cellular and broadband service more affordable for low income people. This subsidy helps cover the costs of expensive phone bills, including subsidies of $9.25 off-reservation and up to $34.25 on Tribal Lands. 
In the draft Fourth Report and Order, the FCC announced its intent to "first target enhanced Lifeline support on Tribal lands to residents of rural areas on Tribal lands" by limiting the Lifeline subsidy to high population density Tribal Lands. This means that Tribal Lands with an urbanized area with 25,000 people situated on Reservation would not receive the enhanced subsidy of $34.25, regardless of affordability within that community. The FCC says that cutting this subsidy for more urban reservations will "focus enhanced support on less-dense areas and will... incent deployment in areas that need it most and to increase the affordability of Lifeline services for Tribal lands residents." NCAI has filed comments on this item in the past and plans on filing comments on this item before the November 16th meeting.

We urge Tribes to also file comments for the docket (WC 17-287) with the FCC ECFS . 
NCAI Contact Info: Maria Givens, Policy Analyst,

President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis releases Final Report
Last week, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released thei r final report to the President and federal agencies. The report contained 56 recommendations that the Commission proposes to overcome the opioid epidemic.
The report was broken into categories of:
  • Federal Funding and Programs
    • Instructed Congress and the Administration to issue block grants to states for opioid and SUD-related programming.
    • Encouraged the upgrade of Office of the National Drug Control Policy funding tracking. 
  • Prevention
    • Proposed prescribing regulations and education.
    •  Prescription Drug Monitoring Program enhancements.
  • Opioid Addiction Treatment, Overdose Reversal, and Recovery
    • Encourages federal agencies, such as IHS, to lift reimbursement and policy barriers to treatment.
    • Instructs the national, state, local and tribal stakeholders to begin using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with pre-trial detainees and post-release.
    • Recommends the National Health Service Corp to supply health services to states and localities with higher than average opioid use and abuse.
  • Research and Development
    • Recommends federal agencies to look at existing research on pain management best practices.
    • Recommends further research and funding for monitoring technologies.
The report offers suggestions for Tribal governments to strengthen surveillance, increase the use of medication-assisted treatment in pre-trial detainees and post-releases, and encourages tribes to apply for drug court grants. A large portion of the document offered a report on the statistics and rate in which the opioid crisis effects specific populations. Although Native Americans were concluded to be one of the most widely effected groups, the report did not address the data disparities that skew the accuracy of the data. This is to say that the data reported in the text is most likely drastically under representative of the accurate numbers.
Rather than suggesting direct funding, the commission suggested allocating block funding reserved to the states. NCAI consistently works towards encouraging direct funding to tribes, which is especially important for this epidemic, as Natives are disproportionately afflicted by the opioid crisis, and have repeatedly shown effectiveness in solving domestic issues on reservation. 
NCAI Contact Info: Denise Desiderio, Policy Director,

House Members Introduce LIHTC Expansion Bill
Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Adam Smith (D-WA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced the "Access to Affordable Housing Act" (H.R. 4185) on October 31 to increase the allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) by 50%. The increase in LIHTC could increase the number of affordable housing units by 400,000 over the next ten years. The bill does not, however, include improvements to the program to better serve extremely low income households, like the reforms in the "Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act" (HR 1661) introduced earlier this year by Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Richard Neal (D-MA).

Section 504 Loan and Grant Program - Important Changes Stakeholder Training - November 14, 2017
Please join us on November 14th to learn about recent changes to the 504 loan and grant program.  This training opportunity is open to individuals and organizations including nonprofits and public agencies who work with affordable housing products such as weatherization, home repairs, and 504 application packaging.   
The one hour course will be offered as follows:
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 11a.m. EST
  • Please utilize both audio and web connection instructions below:
  • For audio, dial into the conference line (800-981-3173) from your phone and provide the access code (5746#)
  • For web, navigate to the following url:  
The Price of Tax Reform Must Not Be More Housing Poverty - by NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel
Comprehensive tax reform offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address one of the biggest barriers to economic success for families struggling to get by: the lack of decent, accessible and affordable homes for the lowest income people. Nationally, there are just 35 homes affordable and available to every 100 of the lowest income families. Due to chronic underfunding of critical affordable housing programs, just one in four low income households in need receives any assistance. The rest either live on the cusp of homelessness - most paying more than half of their income on rent - or they are one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have no homes at all.

FFF: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2017
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, rode horseback from state to state to get endorsements from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994, and we now refer to this celebration as "American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month." This Facts for Features presents statistics for American Indians and Alaska Natives, as this is one of the six major race categories defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
National Native American Heritage Month, 2017
National Native American Heritage Month, 2017
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
American Indians and Alaska Natives are inextricably linked with the history
of the United States. Beginning with the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth Colony
and continuing until the present day, Native American's contributions are
woven deeply into our Nation's rich tapestry. During National Native American
Heritage Month, we honor and celebrate the first Americans and recognize
their contributions and sacrifices.
Native Americans have influenced every stage of America's development.
They helped early European settlers survive and thrive in a new land.
They contributed democratic ideas to our constitutional Framers. And, for
more than 200 years, they have bravely answered the call to defend our
Nation, serving with distinction in every branch of the United States Armed
Forces. The Nation is grateful for the service and sacrifice of all American
Indians and Alaska Natives.

Housing Assistance Council - Rural Voices Publication:  Meeting Native American Housing Needs

This issue of Rural Voices focuses on the progress being made in improving the housing conditions of Native Americans. Considerable challenges, including substandard conditions, overcrowding, insufficient funding, and persistent poverty, face Indian Country, but tribes and their housing organizations are equally persistent in working to overcome them. Rural Voices authors share what readers need to know when working with tribes, highlight innovative projects, discuss funding opportunities, and further describe challenges for a diverse population of Native American tribes across the country. The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has provided generous support for this issue of Rural Voices, and for HAC's other work on Native American housing needs and solutions
Semester in Washington's Scholarship for Native Students

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program. NAPLP is made possible by a generous grant from  AT&T.

NAPLP scholarships are awarded to students based on academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in politics. Students from all tribes and from every part of the United States are welcome to apply. There is no application fee for those applying for the NAPLP scholarship.
What does the NAPLP scholarship cover?
  • Tuition and fees for the two core classes, plus an optional third course (up to 9 credit hours total)
  • Housing in a GW dormitory
  • A stipend for books and living expenses, paid in two installments
  • Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)

Indigenous Suicide Prevention Training Webinar
December 13, 2017

Webinar will be hosted by Seminole Tribe of Florida, Native Learning Center through a HUD Grant on Suicide Prevention. Event details coming soon.

The webinar will focus on: 
1) Identify the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of suicide;
2) Access resources and identify strategies for lethal means risk reduction in the home;
3) Identify the protective factors that can help buffer at-risk indigenous peoples from negative outcomes;
4) Learn strategies to build strength and resiliency in the home. (I'll also identify strategies for a Housing Council or Department here);
5) Access resources, tools and materials for suicide prevention and life promotion in the home.

For More Information Contact:

Jami Bartgis, Ph.D.
President and CEO
One Fire Associates, LLC
241 Kershner Road
Sand Springs, OK 74063

Grant & Funding Opportunities
Land Buy Back Program For Tribal Nations (DOI)
Program allows interested individual owners to sell their land for immediate transfer to the recognized tribe that exercises jurisdiction. Effort will strengthen tribal sovereignty and put decision-making in the hands of the tribal government, freeing up resources that have been locked-up as land interests that have fractionated over time. Program will fund indirect costs equal to no more than 15% of the modified total direct costs. $1.9 billion is available for this 10-year program, which ends in Nov. 2022. Most awards will provide funding for no longer than 9 months. Eligibility: Tribes with jurisdiction over locations with purchasable fractional land interests. More at: 
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
This National Endowment for the Humanities helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Eligibility: US nonprofits, state & local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. More at:
The U.S. Dept. of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs offers free, on request technical assistance to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages. Tribes can apply annually to receive technical assistance with energy planning; housing, building energy efficiency, and resilience; project development; village power; and policy and regulation. The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. This technical assistance is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move a project forward. For more info.:
US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) stands ready to partner with tribes in preparing, recovering, and building long-term resilience to natural disasters. The USDA Disaster Resource Center is available to help Indian Country identify resources and technical assistance opportunities relevant to these events and emergencies.

Census Challenge Waiver Form Issued
In Accordance with 1000.336(d), tribes must submit Census challenges to HUD by March 30, 2017 for consideration for the FY 2018 IHBG Formula allocation. This year, tribes/TDHEs may be notified of their Needs data by June 1, 2017 or later. As such, a Census Challenge Waiver has been issued, extending the submission deadline to March 30, 2018. Contact the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center 1-800-410-8808 with questions.

Deadline March 30, 2018.
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