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University of Arkansas School of Law announces Tribal Governments course

University of Arkansas School of Law announces Tribal Governments course

The University of Arkansas School of Law will offer a “Tribal Governments & Business Entities” special topics course taught by dean Stacy Leeds (Cherokee) during the Winter Intersession. The registration deadline is January 2, 2018.

The course will survey the exercise of modern governmental authority in the United States including jurisdictional conflict and cooperation with state, local and federal governments. In addition to discussing legal and regulatory frameworks, the course will highlight business and economic growth opportunities and challenges.

 

Tribal Governments & Business Entities

1 credit hour
CLE credit available
Registration deadline: Jan. 2
Winter Intersession
Mon-Fri, Jan. 8-12, 2018

 

For more information or to register, contact Dean Leeds at sleeds@uark.edu.

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Seeds of Native Health helps launch new grant program for health-focused advocacy

Seeds of Native Health helps launch new grant program for health-focused advocacy

The Seeds of Native Health campaign is excited to announce our partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) to create a grant program that supports health-focused advocacy efforts in Native American communities. 

The new Fertile Ground Grant Program funds tribes, Native advocates, Native youth, and Native-led organizations to create sustainable community health improvements through nutrition and food sovereignty efforts. The grants of up to $35,000 will provide support for: 

  • Native-led convenings to identify community health priorities 
  • Advocacy and policy strategies that address improving health outcomes 
  • Access to healthy food 
  • Food sovereignty work rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge

The program is funded by $100,000 from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community through its Seeds of Native Health philanthropic campaign and $100,000 from the AHA through its Voices for Healthy Kids campaign. AICAF will serve as the intermediary partner and administer the program. 

Applications for grants are due December 19, 2017. 

Click here to apply for a Fertile Ground Grant

 

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The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative honors Native American Heritage Month!

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative honors Native American Heritage Month!

November is Native American Heritage Month, and a time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for as we enjoy the harvest season during gatherings with family and friends. In Indian Country, culture and tradition are sustained through shared meals with family and the community.

This month is a time to celebrate our rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories, and to also acknowledge the important contributions that Native people have made to food and agriculture. This is also the perfect time to educate the general public about tribal histories and our proud food traditions.

Native American Heritage Month also recognizes the significant contributions the Native Americans have made as the first peoples of the lands that now constitute the United States.  The foods we all eat, the medicines and remedies we all use, the highways we all travel, our literature and arts, have all been recognized by U.S. leaders as integral to American life and all carry the indelible imprint of Native peoples.  Equally important during this month is acknowledging the countless American Indians who have served and currently serve in our Armed Forces.

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative encourages our friends and supporters to celebrate Native American Heritage month by honoring the many Native American farmers, ranchers and food businesses that work every day during this harvest season to feed our people and our communities.  We also take this time to give special support to our next generation of Native leaders in food and agriculture whose picture we feature in our message today.  Feeding ourselves while feeding others is the important work ahead for these young Native leaders who we honor and acknowledge during this important month.

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Section 504 Loan and Grant Program changes webinar Nov. 14

Section 504 Loan and Grant Program changes webinar Nov. 14

Register today for this information webinar on scheduled for November 14 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: https://usdard.adobeconnect.com/pn504trng1114/

Upcoming trainings will be listed on our website under “Forms and Resources” https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants

This training will provide:

  • A review of the changes to the Section 504 direct repair loan and grant program.
  • A discussion of RD Procedure Notice 504 published on October 5, 2017 https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/pn504.pdf.
  • An examination of the new 504 Automated Worksheet and process.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to Danielle Eason (202) 690-1530.

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