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This week, we’re launching the rundown, a weekly compilation of news, events, jobs and people on the move in Indian Country. This is the quick read to keep you on top of what happened last week and what’s happening this week in Indian Country. 


The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and the Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED) are looking for proposals from tribal nations, tribal enterprises, tribal organizations and Native Hawaiian Organizations for tourism capacity-building grants. The grants are between $5,000 and $50,000 and the deadline for proposals is coming up soon: Jan. 16. 


CFO: Forest County Potawatomi Tribe in southeastern Wisconsin is looking for a tribal government chief financial officer.  

Assistant Director: Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire is seeking an assistant director of the Native American Program. 

Accountant:  Puyallup Tribal Enterprises, Inc., the economic development arm of one of the largest Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest, is seeking an accountant. 

Loan Compliance/Portfolio Manager: Spruce Root, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development financial institution is seeking a loan compliance and portfolio manager. 

Executive Director:  The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is seeking an executive director of business operation and development to work under the direction of the tribal council. 


Engaging the USPTO on Our Terms:  Advancing Indigenous Interests

Date: Jan. 9, 2024 | 11 a.m. EST

Location: Webinar

The webinar is part of an all-day conference for tribal leaders and others who intend to consult or provide comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding its positions at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on agreements relating to genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions. The online conference — presented by Arizona State University, the National Congress of American Indians, NARF and others — will feature panel discussions, a roundtable, and brainstorming sessions to develop strategies and talking points. Register here

New Market Tax Credits Native Initiative

Date: Jan. 11, 2024 | 2-3 p.m. EST

Location: Webinar

Webinar on the NMTC Program Native Initiative, an effort to increase New Markets Tax Credit investment on NMTC Native areas, including federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, Hawaiian home lands, and Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas. This webinar, presented by Native CDFI Network and Blue Water Consulting, will focus on research findings and lessons learned. Register here.

Clean Energy Quest

Dates: Jan. 16, 23, and 30, 2024

Location: Webinar

The Alliance for Tribal Clean Energy presents a webinar series covering essential topics including tribal clean energy project financing options, tribal utility formation considerations, and insights in the innovative independent Power Producer model. Two banks will bring insight into renewable energy project finance from a lending and capital stack perspective. Register for episode one here


Marie Mellick, senior loan officer at Wind River Development Fund, was elected chair of the Mountain Plains Revolving Loan Fund Committee. The $21 million fund is operated by the Mountain Plains Regional Native CDFI Coalition, which consists of nine Native community development financial institutions in Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana. Together, the Coalition received a $45 million Build Back Better award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). 

Congratulations to MBA candidate Jamelyn Ebelacker (Santa Clara Pueblo) on being selected Arizona State University's 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Servant-Leadership awardee. She’ll be honored on Jan. 18 as part of ASU's annual MLK Jr. Celebration Breakfast


Atmore, Ala.-based Fortis Native Group, LLC was awarded a $3.7 million contract for janitorial and housekeeping services by the Federal Aviation Administration on Jan. 4, according to HigherGov. Fortis is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which acquired it in July 2022. 

Chronos Operations was awarded a $3 million contract for computer-related services by the General Services Administration on Jan. 3, according to HigherGov. Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Chronos is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chenega Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation.  

Anchorage-based Teya Services LLC was awarded a $23 million contract to provide technical and environmental services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s range sustainability program, according to a Jan. 4 news release from the Department of Defense. Teya Services is an 8(a) certified Alaska Native Corporation owned by the Salamatof Native Association, Inc.

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