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The ANA Messenger: Social Development Edition

Summer 2012

Published: September 20, 2012
Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), All

The ANA Messenger, Administration for Native Americans, Promoting the Goal of Social and Economic Self-Sufficiency for All Native Americans

Greetings ANA Community!Lillian Sparks

In the ANA Summer Newsletter issue, we will share the current activities taking place at ANA, and introduce you to ANA's new Director of the Division of Program Operations (DPO), Carmelia (Mia) Strickland.

Mia joined ANA on February 27th, and literally “hit the ground running” on her first day as ANA was right in the midst of its annual panel review activities. Without hesitation, Mia immersed herself immediately in the grant review process, beginning with planning and attending the panel review sessions this spring. Mia is now completing the application process by reviewing and making recommendations on nearly 100 grant applications. Please see Mia’s full biography.

As you can expect, we are excited to have Mia on board during these extremely busy times at ANA. Please join me in welcoming her to the ANA team!

ANA has been active with planning a first time training for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) staff titled “Working with Native Communities.” The two-day training occurred on June 1st & 4th. ANA initiated another first-time event and hosted its annual Grantee Meeting (June 5th) in conjunction with ACF’s Native American Conference (June 6th-8th). Within this edition, you will find details on all these events, as well as grantee highlights and articles related to social development, the theme of our summer newsletter.


Lillian A. Sparks



Social Development Features

Let's Move - One Year Later

In keeping with Let’s Move! in Indian Country, learn about what our grantees have done to incorporate health and nutrition components into their ANA projects.



Collaborate for Healthy Weight Action Call – “Promising Interventions to Promote Access to Healthy Foods”

ANA FOA Consultation

National Indian Health Board’s 40th Anniversary Celebration and 29th Annual Consumer Conference

Education and the Native American Student

Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety, and Wellness Session #15

Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Annual Convention

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 69th Annual Convention

9th Annual National “Fatherhood Is Leadership” Conference



Special Features

ANA Grantee Meeting & ACF Tribal and Native American Conference

Several hundred ANA and ACF grantees and employees attended this special four day event spearheaded by ANA in conjunction with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  Click on link for highlights.


ANA Hosts "Working with Native Communities Training" at ACF

First time event initiated and hosted by ANA.  The training focused on helping ACF staff better serve Native American communities through a deeper understanding of the history of American Indian, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders and the government- to-government relationship that exists with federally recognized Indian Tribes.


ANA 2012 Panel Review

New processes were in place for the 2012 panel review sessions (i.e., language grants now have an earlier project start date to coincide with the school year).  Follow link for details on this year’s panel review process and activities.


U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Seeking Peer Reviewers

DOE’s Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) with experience in ESL and American Indian/Alaska Native Education programs  to read and evaluate discretionary grant applications for FY 2013.  Deadline to submit resume is November 1, 2012.  For further details, click on link.


Building a Better Nation through Stronger Families

Please read Assistant Secretary George Sheldon’s blog regarding your communities and your good work. In this message, Assistant Secretary Sheldon emphasizes ACF’s commitment to moving forward with new ways of collaborating and partnering with Native American communities to increase self-sufficiency and resilience of the people served by its programs.



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