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Last week’s DOE summit for tribes yielded lots of news and funding announcements, including two NOFOs listed below. Plus, we’ve got some timely news on events and federal contracting awards for tribes and Native businesses. 

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The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, or NCAEID, has announced its Native American 40 Under 40 class for 2024.

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The funding spigot is slowly opening in the third week of 2024, with some new NOFOs and additional grant-making on the horizon. Here is this week’s rundown of funding opportunities, events, jobs, people on the move, and federal contracting awards. 

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LAS VEGAS — More than 4,500 attendees packed the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas last week, breaking previous participation records. 

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The deadline for the Community Connect Grant, administered by the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency, draws near. The USDA will continue accepting applications for the grant through Feb. 20, 11:59 a.m. EST. 

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The Department of Commerce announced $811 million in funding to bolster digital inclusion efforts across states, territories and, later this year, Native entities.  

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Here’s our semi-regular round-up of people on the move in Indian Country, including some of the new hires at tribal enterprises and Native-serving nonprofits.  

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LAS VEGAS — During a visit to Navajo Nation early in her tenure, SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman got a firsthand look at the unique challenges faced by Native American entrepreneurs, including logistical hurdles to e-commerce and access to capital.

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LAS VEGAS — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $58 million in new investments on three tribal reservations this morning. 

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Tech giant Google’s philanthropic foundation, Google.org, has awarded $2 million in grant funding to three Native-serving tech organizations in support of their work.