December 15, 2022



Updates from the White House


Good Afternoon Tribal Leaders,

Thank you for participating in the 2022 White House Tribal Nations
Summit. To follow up, we are sharing a number of resources including
video links to view both days of the Summit, the 2022 Tribal Nations
Summit Progress Report, and the 2022 Tribal Nations Summit Fact


2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit Photo




The U.S. Global Change Research
Program (USGCRP) is in the early stages of designing the National
Nature Assessment, which will take stock of U.S. lands, waters,
wildlife and nature’s connections to our lives, including to the
economy, public health, climate, equity and national security.

USGCRP seeks your input on important questions for framing the
assessment to make it useful for Tribes and Native communities, and
to appropriately consider Indigenous Knowledge. We welcome your input
at a virtual Consultation session on January 27, 2023, or by email or
fax until May 15, 2023.

Dear Alaska Native Leader Letter
Dear Tribal Leader Letter





Biden-Harris Administration is announcing a six-week campaign through
the end of the year urging Americans to get their updated COVID-19
vaccine. With winter and holiday gatherings right around the corner,
more Americans getting their updated vaccine will help avoid
thousands of preventable COVID-19 deaths. The six-week campaign will
focus on reaching seniors and the communities that were hardest hit
by COVID-19 by making it even more convenient to get vaccinated and
increasing awareness through paid media.

To read more, please visit FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Announces
Six-Week Campaign to Get More Americans their Updated COVID-19
Vaccine Before End of the Year | The White House





Updates from Federal



  • Funding Opportunity: 2023 AmeriCorps State and National Native Nations Grants and Planning Competition
    • AmeriCorps seeks to
      prioritize the investment of national service resources into
      disaster services like
      COVID-19 response, economic opportunities, education,
      Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Indigenous language, civic
      and social engagement, healthy futures and veterans and
      military families. 
    • Opportunities
      include three-year operating grants which engage AmeriCorps
      members in time-limited-service commitments and one-year
      planning grants to develop programs that implement
      evidence-based solutions to community needs.
    • The application deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2023
      at 5:00 pm.


  • Funding Opportunity: 2023 AmeriCorps Seniors Native Nations and
    Indigenous Elders Senior Demonstration Program

    • Examples of
      potential programming (not limited to these examples): promote
      the preservation and teaching of Native and Indigenous
      languages and cultural practices; provide social, economic and
      educational services to tribal nations and Indigenous people
      both on and off reservation lands; advance equity in areas such
      as food sovereignty, climate change and conservation and mental
      health services; provide veterans and military families,
      caregivers and survivors’ quality of life; and create workforce
      pathways for older adults, including deliberate training,
      certifications and hiring preferences. No match required.
    • The application deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2023
      at 5:00 pm.







  • Funding Opportunity: Emergency Community
    Water Assistance Grants

    • The U.S Department
      of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has announced
      $400 million in federal funding for at least six regional food
      business centers, including one national Tribal center. These
      centers will provide coordination, technical assistance, and
      capacity building to help farmers, ranchers, and other food
      businesses access new markets and navigate federal, state and
      local resources.
    • Grant guidelines may
      be found USDA Regional Food Business Centers Program | Agricultural Marketing Service
    • The application deadline was extended until December
      15, 2022




  • Funding Opportunity: The
    Rural eConnectivity Program

    • The Rural
      eConnectivity Program (ReConnect) Program provides loans,
      grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband
      deployment in rural areas. In facilitating the expansion of
      broadband services and infrastructure, the program will fuel
      long-term economic development and opportunities in rural
    • The application deadline is August 4, 2023
    • For more information, please visit View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV





  • Webinar: National Transmission Needs Study
    Consultation Draft Overview for Tribes

    •  EPA is
      offering tribes the opportunity to consult on the financial
      assistance programs identified in the Inflation Reduction Act. The
      Act addresses multiple environmental and public health issues
      facing Indian tribes, including climate impacts and issues. EPA
      would like to learn from tribes how the Agency can use the
      Inflation Reduction Act funding to advance environmental and
      public health protection in Indian country. Please
      visit OAR-23-000-0416.pdf for more information.
    • Comments should be submitted electronically by
      December 27, 2022.







  • Announcement: U.S. Department of Education to Hold First
    of Several Sessions on Strategies and Programs to Boost Academic
    Recovery from Impact of Pandemic

    • A livestream of the
      event can be found here.
    • These sessions, which
      will occur monthly through February 2023
      , are
      part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to
      support and accelerate the academic recovery of students from
      the impact of the pandemic.
    • The Department of Education will host Raising the Bar:Literacy & Math Series to Address Academic Recovery—five
      sessions focused on evidence-based strategies and programs to
      boost student literacy and math outcomes









  • Funding Opportunity:  Social and Economic Development Strategies Program-Tribes
    • HHS Administration
      for Native Americans supports community-driven projects
      designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American
      families, including the preservation of Native American
      cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges
      caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social
      and economic infrastructure in Native American communities.
    • Grant guidelines may
      be found View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV
    • The application deadline is on March 31, 2023.





  • Announcement: 8th Annual Tribal Nations Training

    • The Tribal Nations Training Week will be held March 11-18, 2023
      on the CDP campus in Anniston, AL.
       This training is completely funded for emergency responders associated with one or more Tribal Nations, Indian Health
      Services and those who work directly with Tribal Nations to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, training and any equipment required during training.
    • See the announcement for more information.
  • Funding Opportunity: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

    • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants support pre-disaster mitigation activities to build capacity to help identify mitigation actions and implement projects that reduce risks posed by natural hazards. Funding is specifically set aside for resilient infrastructure projects for Tribal communities.
    • Grant guidelines may
      be found View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV
    • The application deadline is Sunday, January 1st,





  • Announcement: HUD awarded $30 million to hire and maintain
    ROSS Service Coordinators

    • These Service Coordinators who will assess the needs of residents of
      conventional Public Housing or Indian housing in addition to coordinating available resources in the community.
    • Service Coordinators also assist residents of Public and Indian Housing to make
      progress towards economic and housing goals by removing educational, professional, and health-related barriers. Key changes to the 2022 program funding includes raising the maximum salary for Service Coordinators, adding Digital Inclusion to the list of areas of need, and making direct services an eligible expense when there are service provider gaps. These changes will result in better, more consistent services and increased engagement with the local partners to address the needs of both the residents and the community itself.
    • More details available here:


  • Announcement: HUD Announces Improvements to
    Climate-Forward Housing Program

    • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is announcing updated guidance on the use and eligibility of the Rate Reduction Incentive (RRI). The RRI serves as a climate-friendly incentive program available to Public Housing Agencies (PHA) that encourages them to reduce their utility rates beyond what is already required by statute and/or regulation.
    • The program directly supports HUD’s Climate Action Plan which sets forth goals to
      create climate resiliency, reduce greenhouse emissions, and
      pursue environmental justice in housing. The RRI helps HUD move
      towards those goals since energy efficiency solutions made
      possible through the program reduce a PHAs carbon footprint,
      promote long-term sustainability, and can improve the lives of
    • More details
      available here: updated guidance


  • Announcement: HUD Announces Section 184 Skilled
    Worker Demonstration Program

    • Looking to increase
      your rental stock to attract Skilled Workers to your

      • The Consolidated
        Appropriations Act of 2017 (Public Law 115 – 31) made
        available $1,727,000 for the costs of guaranteeing Section 184
        loans to Tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities
        for the construction of rental housing
        for law enforcement, healthcare, educational, technical, and
        other skilled workers (Skilled Workers). The development of
        this rental stock is critical to enable Tribes to attract and
        retain professionals and skilled workers in these fields who
        are often unable to find rental housing in Indian Country due
        to the severe shortage of rental housing.
    • For more
      information, please visit here.


  • Announcement: HUD announces first-ever Tribal
    Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

    • the U.S. Department
      of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
      announced the members of the first-ever Tribal
      Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC).
      Secretary Marcia L. Fudge is launching the committee to
      strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship between HUD and
      Tribal communities, coordinate policy across all HUD programs,
      and advise on the housing priorities of the American Indian and
      Alaska Native peoples. The function of TIAC is not to replace
      Tribal consultation, but rather serve as a tool to supplement
      it. The establishment of this first ever committee follows
      consistent engagement between HUD and Tribes across the county.
    • Announced during
      Native American Heritage Month and preceding the 2022 White
      House Tribal Nations Summit, the committee is born out of a
      2021 Presidential memorandum that directed all federal agencies
      to take actions to strengthen their policies and practices on
      Tribal consultation.
    • To read more, please visit HUD Announces FIRST-EVER Tribal
      Intergovernmental Advisory Committee | / U.S.
      Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


  • AnnouncementIntroducing GEMS: A Streamlined
    Approach to Grant Administration

    • The Department of
      Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Native
      American Programs (ONAP) is modernizing its Information
      Technology (IT) systems to improve the administration of Tribal
      housing programs to simplify the grant management processes for
      Tribal recipients. ONAP, with the assistance of HUD’s Office of
      Chief Information Officer (OCIO), is developing a new system;
      the Grants Evaluation and Management System (GEMS).
    • There will be
      ongoing information disseminated on the status and next steps
      when additional housing programs are added into GEMS. Questions
      regarding the GEMS transition can be emailed to ONAP via [email protected].


  • Funding Opportunity: FY 2022 Section 202
    Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

    • HUD is providing
      Capital Advance funding and project rental subsidies for the
      development and ongoing operation of supportive rental
      housing for very low-income persons, aged 62 years or
    • The application deadline is Wednesday, January 25,
      2023 at 5:00 pm
    • For more information, please visit View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV


  • Funding Opportunity: Rural Microentrepreneur
    Assistance Program

    • This
      program provides loans and grants to Microenterprise
      Development Organizations (MDOs) to:

      • To help
        microenterprises startup and growth through a Rural Microloan
        Revolving Fund.
      • Provide training
        and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro
    • Nonprofits,
      Federally Recognized Tribes, and Institutions of Higher
      education are eligible for this program
    • The application deadline is August 31, 2023
    • For more
      information, please visit View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV


  • Funding Opportunity: Choice Neighborhoods
    Implementation Grants NOFO Published

    • Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support
      communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning
      process and are ready to implement their plans to redevelop the
      distressed public and/or assisted housing and neighborhood.
    • The NOFO announced
      approximately $379 million available for awards of up to $50
      million each.  The Lead Applicant must be a Public Housing
      Agency (PHA), a local government, or a tribal entity. The
      local government of jurisdiction, or tribe for applications
      that target Indian Housing, must be the Lead Applicant or
      . Applications must present a plan
      to revitalize a severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted
      multifamily housing project located in a distressed
      neighborhood into a viable, mixed-income community. 
    • The application deadline is January 11, 2023.


  • Funding Opportunity: HUD Imminent Threat

    • Set aside from the
      Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) allocation for
      non-competitive, first come-first serve grants to
      eliminate or lessen problems which pose an imminent threat to
      public health or safety of Tribal residents.

    • Application procedures and
      linked here.


  • Funding Opportunity: Indian Housing
    Block Grant Competitive

    • This NOFO provides
      approximately $129 million to eligible Indian tribes and
      Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) to carry out
      affordable housing activities for the benefit of low income
      American Indian and Alaska Native families. 
      The application portal will be open until January 24, 2023
    • Dear Tribal Leader






  • Announcement: President Biden’s Bipartisan
    Infrastructure Law to Provide an Additional $15 Million to the
    Oglala Dam in South Dakota

    • The Department of
      the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced a $15
      million investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for
      repairs to the Oglala Dam on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
      in South Dakota. This investment is in addition to over $21
      million allocated for the project last year, as part of a $29
      million investment for dam safety programs in Tribal
      communities across the country.
    • These investments
      are necessary to protect downstream communities and improve
      overall performance of the dams. The reservoir formed by Oglala
      Dam was drained in 2019 to protect communities downstream
      following flood damage that compromised the spillway and outlet
      works. The project will restore an important local water supply
      for the Pine Ridge community. The total cost of the Oglala Dam
      project is $40 million.
    • For more
      information, visit President Biden’s Bipartisan
      Infrastructure Law to Provide an Additional $15 Million to the
      Oglala Dam in South Dakota | Indian Affairs (


  • Announcement: Indian Affairs proposes new regulations
    to improve fee-to-trust, gaming compact processes

    • The Department of
      the Interior’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
      announced the publication of proposed revisions to two
      , one regarding the fee-to-trust
      process and one regarding Class III gaming compacts. The
      updated regulations will provide clearer and more efficient
      processes for Tribes that are applying to place land into trust
      or enter into gaming compacts.
    • What is Fee-to-trust

      • Fee-to-trust land
        acquisitions, also called “land-into-trust,” transfer a land
        title to the federal government to be held in trust for the
        benefit of an individual or Tribe. Acquisition of land in
        trust is essential to Tribal self-determination and will help
        maximize the Tribe’s eligibility for federal services and
    • To read more,
      please visit Indian Affairs proposes new regulations
      to improve fee-to-trust, gaming compact processes | Indian
      Affairs (


  • Announcement: During Visit to Klamath River, Secretary
    Haaland Announces Four Tribal Water Projects


  • Announcement: Interior Department Takes Action to
    Reduce Methane Releases on Public and Tribal Lands

    • The Department
      of the Interior announced a proposed rule from
      the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to address the waste of
      natural gas during the production of oil and gas on federal and
      Tribal lands.
      The proposed rule would generate
      $39.8 million a year in additional royalties for the American
      public and prevent billions of cubic feet of gas from being
      wasted through venting, flaring and leaks, boosting efficiency.
    • If implemented,
      the proposed rule would also ensure that, when federal or
      Indian gas is wasted through excessive venting or flaring, the
      public and Indian mineral owners are compensated through
      royalty payments.
    • To read
      more, please visit
  • Announcement: BLM and USFS issue second call for
    nominations to fill two vacancies on national wild horse and burro
    advisory board


  • Announcement: Multiple opportunities open for small and
    tribally-owned business to plug orphaned wells on federal lands

    • The Bureau of Land
      Management this week announced opportunities for both
      small and Tribally-owned businesses to bid on orphaned well plugging
      and restoration projects on federal lands
      which will be funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
    • President Biden’s
      Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated $4.7 billion over five
      years to plug wells, clean up environmental hazards, create
      good paying jobs, and reduce methane emissions from orphaned
      wells, of which $250 million will clean up orphaned wells
      specifically on federal lands. Earlier this year, the
      Department allocated an initial $33 million to clean up 277
      wells in national parks, national forests, national wildlife
      refuges and on other public lands.
    • Learn More Here. Multiple Opportunities Open for Small and
      Tribally-Owned Business to Plug Orphaned Wells on Federal Lands
      | Bureau of Land Management (


  • Announcement: Interior Department Announces New
    Partnerships and Offices to Leverage New Resources for Indian

    • Secretary of the
      Interior Deb Haaland announced a series of actions to
      support Tribally led conservation, education and economic
      development through a new Office of Strategic Partnerships
      The Department also announced a new joint project between the
      Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Trust for Public Lands to
      create culturally informed outdoor educational spaces, the
      renewal of “The National Fund for Excellence in American Indian
      Education,” and new partnerships with community organizations
      to catalyze economic opportunities across Indian Country.
    • To read more, please visit Interior Department Announces New
      Partnerships and Offices to Leverage New Resources for Indian
      Country | U.S. Department of the Interior (





  • Announcement: The U.S. Department of Justice announced
    that it will award more than $246 million in grants to Tribal
    communities to improve public safety and to serve victims of

    • The announcement
      came during the 17th annual Government-to-Government Violence
      Against Women Tribal Consultation
    • For more information, please visit OVW Consultation or






  • Funding Opportunity: YouthBuild
    • Under the YouthBuild
      Funding Opportunity Announcement, DOL will award grants through
      a competitive process to organizations providing
      pre-apprenticeship services that support education,
      occupational skills training, and employment services to
      opportunity youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful
      work and service to their communities. The YouthBuild program
      model prepares participants for quality jobs in a variety of
      careers, including infrastructure, and contains wrap-around
      services such as mentoring, trauma-informed care, personal
      counseling, and employment – all key strategies for addressing
      community violence.
    • The application deadline is January 10, 2023.
    • For more information, please visit View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV





  • Funding Opportunity: Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds
    • DOT’s Office of
      Federal Lands Highway offers funding for tribal governments for
      the purposes of transportation projects related to safety,
      safety planning and safety/infrastructure. Application
      Deadline: January 15, 2023.





  • Funding Opportunity: The FCC is providing
    funding for two outreach grants:  the National Competitive
    Outreach Program ($60 million) and the Tribal Competitive
    Outreach Program ($10 million).

    • The ACP Outreach
      Grant Programs seek to expand innovative outreach efforts
      nationwide by strengthening partner networks and empowering
      them with the resources necessary to increase program awareness
      an enrollment – with a focus on reaching historically unserved
      and underserved populations.
    • The Notice of
      Funding Opportunity can be accessed here
      along with FAQs and other materials.
    • Application Deadline: January 9, 2022.  


  • Program: Affordable
    Connectivity Program

    • The Affordable
      Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps
      ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for
      work, school, healthcare and more.
    • The
      benefit provides a discount
      of up to $30 per
      month toward internet service for eligible households and up
      to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

      Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up
      to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from
      participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and
      less than $50 toward the purchase price.
    • ResourcesFlyer,
      Tribal Benefit PSA: MP3 and
      script, Informational Card





  • Training: Development and Implementation of
    Tribal Solid Waste Codes and Ordinances 

    • The Institute for
      Tribal Environmental Professionals, the Indian Health Service
      (IHS), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency
      offer this online training course, online assignments, and a
      follow-up in-person workshop to focus on the
      writing and implementation of effective tribal solid waste
      codes. This tuition-free course is specifically designed for
      tribes who intend to create solid waste codes, or to improve
      existing solid waste codes, and are in a position to enforce
      the completed codes.
      Course participants must
      be employees of federally recognized tribes that currently have
      completed integrated solid waste management plans but lack
      operable solid waste codes/ordinances.
    • For more
      information, please visit talk with Julie Jurkowski at
      [email protected] or 928-523-9404.
    • Application Deadline:  January 13, 2023.  Complete ITEP’s
      online application form at:





Upcoming Tribal



The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) you are cordially invited
to a virtual Tribal consultation. Through this consultation, USDA
seeks your input on new funding authorities provided under the
Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (P.L. 117-169) for renewable electric
infrastructure, including for electric vehicle charging stations, and
related energy and electric programs, including the traditional,
existing USDA Rural Development (RD) electric and energy programs.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Please see below for information.
2:00-3:00pm EST
Thursday, December 15, 2022

3:00-5:00pm EST
Thursday, December 15, 2022





The U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) will soon publish a proposed rule
on the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184) program.

This proposed rule is the cumulation of many years of work and a
series of 18 Tribal consultations held in 2018 and 2019. Since these
proposed regulations have substantial direct effect on Federally
recognized Tribal governments currently participating or seeking to
participate in the program, HUD is conducting national and regional
Tribal consultations in accordance with HUD’s Tribal Consultation
Policy during the proposed rule’s public comment period.

What is the Section 184 program?

  • The Section 184
    program is a home mortgage loan product specifically designed
    for American Indian and Alaska Native families, Alaska villages,
    Indian tribes, and Tribally Designated Housing Entities. The
    Congress established this program in 1992 to facilitate
    homeownership and increase access to capital in American Indian
    and Alaska Native communities.
  • Please check the
    Section 184 Tribal Consultation website for
    up-to-date information on these Tribal Consultation sessions.
    Additionally, you may submit comments and questions via email to
    [email protected].

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Thursday, December 15, 2022
Rapid City, South Dakota, USDA Service Center







Consistent with EPA’s Policy on Consultation and Coordination with
Indian Tribes (Policy), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) is offering Tribes the opportunity to consult on the financial
assistance program(s) identified in the Inflation Reduction Act
(IRA). Tribal governments are critical partners in achieving EPA’s
mission to protect human health and the environment, especially as
the climate changes. 

  • EPA is seeking input
    from tribes on how EPA can use the IRA funding, based on the
    eligible activities and entities in the law. EPA would like to
    hear how we can support the efforts of tribal governments and
    tribal and indigenous communities to advance environmental and
    public health protection in Indian country.
  • Comments should be submitted electronically to [email protected]
    by December 27, 2022.





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