Native Housing Update

-Updates from National American Indian Housing Council
October 30, 2017
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Sponsors for 2017 Legal Symposium
Adobe Sponsor  

Tipi Sponsors 

Long House Sponsor  

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    
Cristy Davies-
Events Planner    
NAIHC Information
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.

Register now! And, reserve your hotel rooms before the cut off date of November 9th!

Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Demonstrate an outstanding legal contribution to tribal housing;
  • A lawyer whose personal character and dedication to tribal housing furthers the integrity and repute of the legal profession;
  • A lawyer who currently represents or formerly represented a tribe(s) or tribal housing program(s) with specialization in Indian housing;
  • The candidate must disclose the state(s) or tribe(s) where they are admitted to practice law;
  • The candidate must have no record of disbarment, censure or reprimand from federal, state, and/or tribal bar associations;
  • May be active, retired, or deceased; a tribal or non-tribal member.

** Lawyer of the Year nominee winner will receive a free registration to the NAIHC Legal Symposium. (non-transferable)  

NAIHC Photo Request displaying Native Housing
Please submit photos of Native Housing from your reservation. The photos will be displayed during Native American Heritage month in the NAIHC office located in Washington, DC. Photos will also be used to advocate for Native American housing awareness on Capitol Hill.

Below you will find a form to submit photos to the National American Indian Housing Council.
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House and Senate introduce NAHASDA bills, September 2017
Anthony Walters, Executive Director (202) 789-1754
House and Senate introduction of NAHASDA bills, September 2017
Washington, DC: Companion bills to reauthorize NAHASDA were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate yesterday. Congressman Steve Pearce (NM) introduced H.R. 3864, along with eight bipartisan cosponsors. Similarly, Senator Tom Udall (NM) introduced S. 1895, with 4 cosponsors in the Senate.

View official press release from NAIHC by clicking link below.
Legislative Committee Meeting
Thursday November 4, 2017 | 1:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME
Call-in #: (267) 930-4000
Passcode: 814-641-180

A new place to call home: Park Place Apartments officially opens during Friday ceremony

The atmosphere in downtown Bemidji was charged and optimistic Friday morning, as government officials, organization personnel and business leaders celebrated the opening of Park Place Apartments.

The complex, managed by the Duluth-based Center City Housing Corp., includes 60 units, with 40 dedicated to single-room occupancy for those with chronic substance abuse problems and 20 efficiency apartments for the recently homeless. The goal of the development is to give safe housing to those individuals while facilitating their needs through off-premise services such as addiction treatment and mental health care.
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
NTAA Webinar on IAQ impacts from Methamphetamine Use, Review from October 19, 2017
On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group hosted a webinar/federal listening session on the topic of IAQ & Methamphetamine. Speakers included a representative from Apple Environmental who discussed the training they conduct to train community workers to do clean up as well as a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) who highlighted trends in Indian Country and nationwide.
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
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.
FY 2018 Formula Response Form delay and new deadline to Nov. 6, 2017

Due to delays in appropriations for FY 2017, the FY 2018 Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Response Form could not be accurately prepared by the June 1st date.  Therefore, the FY 2018 Formula Response Form will be published no later than September 6, 2017.  The deadline for tribes/TDHEs to respond to the Formula Response Form will be extended to November 6, 2017, which will still provide tribes/TDHEs the customary 60-day response period.  Read the full Dear Tribal Leaders Letter dated today, 8/1/2017 (attached)

Deadline November 6, 2017 
Training Opportunities
2017 Upcoming ONAP Trainings

HUD/NAIHC | Procurement & Contract Management
November 7-8 | Albuquerque, NM
Registration Open Click here

Leadership Institute | NTCCP-NAHASDA LIHTC
November 7-9 | Phoenix, AZ
Registration Open Click here

Leadership Institute | Financing Affordable Housing Development
November 7-9 | Las Vegas, NV
Registration Open Click here
This Training is being offered at the Equestrian Center and Indian National Finals Rodeo is taking place the same week.

Outside Events
Film Screening and Discussion: More Than A Word | November 2, 2017

2017 ACF Tribal Consultation | November 6, 2017

The Lethal & Economic Impact of Illegal Drugs & Opioids in Indian Country 11/8/17

Outside Request for Proposals


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Job Opportunities


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