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- Published: July 11, 2014Commissioner's Insight Greetings! Welcome to the Summer Edition of the ANA Messenger, with an emphasis on Social Development. In this issue we highlight some of our ANA grantees’ projects related to social concerns and provide resources and updates from some of our fellow Administration for Children and Families (ACF) offices and other federal partners on their initiatives and activities. HHS has been very involved this year in the roll out of the Affordable Care Act to Tribal Communities, and ACF is the lead for HHS’ involvement in the Federal Strategic Plan on Services to the Victims of Human Trafficking, published in January of 2014. Region VII ACF Regional Administrator Nancy Thoma Groetken shared her reflection on a Tribal Consultation session on this issue in Denver this past April. We began the summer with our second biennial ACF Native American Grantee meeting, and it truly continued the theme from two years ago of integrating services to best meet the needs of Native children and families. We began the week with Tribal Consultation and ended our week with our Native Languages Memorandum of Agreement partners, co-hosting a Native Language Summit. You can read more about the week here. As usual, the Division of Program Operations has been busy with the review of new awards for this fiscal year. We will be notifying Native Language grants award recipients soon for an August 1 project start date, and our other awards will be made by September 30th. One of ANA’s goals for FY2013-FY2014 is making sure the ANA financial assistance process is transparent and trusted. One of our main efforts toward achieving this goal was to publish our funding announcements as “standing FOAs” which means they are approved for three years, so you can review this past year’s announcement on grants.gov to see the criteria that will be valid this coming fiscal year and the following year. We hope that this helps all communities as they plan projects and apply for funding. As we look forward to fall, we will be announcing the results of our FY2014 grant competition in the next couple of weeks, so please be sure to check back on our ANA website for more details. Our Division of Policy and Program Evaluation are starting impact visits to approximately 2/3 of grants ending this year. We appreciate the time and energy you take to visit with our staff and highlight the successes and share some of the challenges you have encountered and overcome in completing your ANA funded project. We share the outcomes from these visits in an annual report each year to Congress. We also use it to our collaboration work with ACF and other federal offices, and to develop resources and share grantee success stories our newsletter and website. We know that your innovative approaches to community concerns are an inspiration to others and we look forward to sharing the information we learn from this year’s trips. As an agency, ACF has been marking the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and the passage of many key laws that initiated many of the programs that ACF currently operates such as the Office of Head Start and Community Service Block Grants. While we know that we have not solved the problem of poverty in America and that many Native American communities have higher child poverty and lower per capita income than average Americans, we continue to focus our efforts on what is working and sharing those approaches more broadly. One event I am particularly looking forward to is a convening at the end of July exploring “Transformational Family Engagement”, a working session to bring together the philanthropic community and the federal government to create a shared vision and equitable outcomes for our children. Look for an update from ACF on this event in future Family Room Blogs. Thank you for all you do for our Native communities. Wopila, Lillian Sparks Robinson, Commissioner Grantee Highlights Hawkeye Sustainable Lifeways Project Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa Indians Notay Begay Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Hawaiian Community Assets Dispatch Summer Updates from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation Partner's Newsletters What We Are Reading Book Review: A Yellow Raft in Blue Water Resources Renewable Energy Resources and Funding Opportunity Talking Stick Spotlight: Youth Development Get to Know Us! Get to know ANA's Project Assistant: Rhonda Redhead Introducing: Dr. Iris PrettyPaint HHS Tribal Affairs Updates from the Children’s Bureau Happenings 2014 ACF Native Grantee Meeting In-di-jə-nəs Double Puzzle Answers Key to Double Puzzle Grantee Highlight Back to Newsletter Homepage Hawkeye Sustainable Lifeways Project The Hawkeye Sustainable Lifeways Project was funded in September 2012 by the Administration for Native Americans for three years. Our project comes about from a vision of the property we had purchased seven years earlier and the oppression and assimilation of the Indian People in Hoke County; and a loss of identity it had created over the last 45 years. As I was traveling one day to one of our nearby childcare centers, God spoke to me to purchase this property because of the 96 acre cypress laced lake on it. Because of previous years’ experience as a Tribal Representative for the Lumber Tribe of North Carolina, then Lumbee Regional Development Association (LRDA) representing Hoke and Scotland Counties, I continued to look for avenues and conduits to address and support the social development issues of our local tribal community. As a member of the Lumbee Self-Determination Commission and a member of other local boards also, I learned that sometimes politics sometimes hinder services to the desperately needy; and as a result we looked at ways we could tap into the growth coming to Ft. Bragg Military Installation and the 40,000 new troops plus support and create an economic environment for the community to enhance their quality of life. Our project is the infrastructure for the beginnings of a long-term self-sustaining tourism stop in the state of North Carolina. We are located approximately 25 miles south of Ft. Bragg, the second largest military base in the United States. It includes agritourism, ecotourism, cultural tourism and a medicinal garden for tourism with Native American medicinal plants and their uses by our local tribal ancestors and the other eight Tribes in the State of North Carolina. The contributors were the local community, our elders who contributed their history as former sharecroppers and fishermen of the lake and Kenan Flagger Business School, who created the architecture design of the project based on our vision. We were amazed to see it put on paper from our description of what we envisioned. BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation, and the Department of Nutrition at East Carolina University also supported HICC in a healthy behaviors project targeting the American Indian Population in Hoke County as part of our planning process before the proposal was submitted. Kate B. Reynolds supported a capacity building project for HICC to develop a strategic plan in the previous five years and to increase our administrative capacity in anticipation of receiving the ANA funding. Our ideas were synthesized through a capacity building consultant, Mary Beth Loucks-Sorrels funded by Kate B. Reynolds Foundation and BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation, and the HICC Board of Directors and Executive Director, former employees, consultants and a host of other community members. Our key project staff members are the project director, Larry Chaves, he is responsible for oversight and direction of all the components of the comprehensive project. He is also the liaison for all partnerships, consultants, markets, food, farm, and family council meetings, advisory council meetings, trainings and monitors all budget requests. Deputy Director, Selena Locklear, is responsible for documentation of thousands of documents from the farm, drawdowns, cultural, fitness and nutrition classes, volunteers, logging in all seeds and origination for organic certification submitted from the farmer, and all quarterly and annual reporting. Administrative Assistant, Makayla Branch, is a part-time staff and is responsible for documenting all photos, videos, minutes from all meetings, answer telephones, and assist deputy director with organic farming documentation and gap certification documentation and farm tours. Farmer, Alfred Locklear, is responsible for all activities on the farm and volunteers under the direction of Sun Butler, Organic Farm Consultant. Food Bank Coordinator, Sandra Locklear, is responsible for distribution of organic produce sales, food bank distribution to the community. Bookkeeper, April Locklear, is responsible for reconciliation and data entry into the books for the organization, process payroll, accounts receivables and accounts payable. Executive Director/Authorizing Official Representative, Gwen Locklear, Volunteer, oversees all components of the project, staff, consultants, partnerships and certifies all drawdowns and reports to ANA, including reports to the Board of Directors. Our project is located in Hoke County, North Carolina in the center of Robeson, Scotland, Cumberland and Moore counties. We are located in the service areas of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Cherokees of Hoke County, Tuscarora of North Carolina, Enoconeechi Band of Saponi, and Saponi. Our service area will reach the entire state of North Carolina through our organic and GAP certified farm produce, and cultural tourism. The main goal of Hawkeye Sustainable Lifeways Project is to develop and implement comprehensive programs and services at our land-and-water based center that will significantly increase the social and economic health and development of the Indian people in Hoke County, North Carolina. Our objectives is to improve the physical health and social wellness of 25% of (1050) Indian people in Hoke County through program and services that provide physical exercise opportunities and healthy organic food that is cooperatively grown and harvested on a model farm. To develop and implement income generating services and programs of the HICC through agricultural, cultural, and ecological tourism projects that will generate $40,000 in three years providing sustainable income for HICC and support for new business development in the Native American community. To initiate culturally based education preservation and promotion program that will engage 50% (2010) of Indian People in Hoke County through a) planting, harvesting and use of medicinal plants, b) participation in festivals, pow-wow and other culturally based social events. Our impact at 18 months into our project; we have harvested 9,686.85 lbs. of organic produce, we introduced healthy organically grown produce to 536 community members, 359 individuals increased their knowledge through farming classes and workshops, and tours; we fed 1,043 community members through partnerships, and soup kitchens from our farm and food bank, 87 individuals participated in nutrition and fitness classes, we introduced and enriched the minds of over 500 youth, adults and elders in the community and surrounding counties to the Eastern Woodland culture. Our future plans are to apply for SEEDS (Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies) at the end of our SEDS project to allow us to create the jobs necessary for the sustainability of the project and put “our” people to work. This is Phase I putting in the infrastructure and Phase II will be the operations of the project for long-term sustainability of domestic and global organic production and distribution of healthy produce and tourism. Keep in mind to do extensive research on cost, long-term planning and be prepared for unforeseen rapid growth and development along with supply and demand. Be well organized, staffed and prepared mentally and physically to undertake the work before you. If you put the work in, you will reap the benefits for the community in the long-term. Be open to forming partnerships with universities, collaborating with local cooperative extensions, towns, cities, and community support agriculture (CSA’s) and regional food, farm and policy councils. We would be happy to share our experiences and knowledge we have gained in a short 18 months. Visit us on our website at www.hawkeyeindianculturalcenter.com Back to Newsletter Homepage Happenings Back to Newsletter Homepage 2014 ACF Native Grantee Meeting The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) was extremely busy the week of June 16, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Crystal City, Virginia. On June 16, ANA held the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Tribal Consultation, co-hosted the 2014 ACF Native Grantee Conference on June 17 – 19, and on June 20, sponsored a Native American Languages Summit. Turnout for all of the events was larger than expected and participants said it was a positive conference with a lot of valuable and inspiring information they could take back to their communities. The ACF Tribal Consultation is held annually and welcomes tribal leaders from all across the United States to consult with ACF and help build a meaningful relationship. The consultation attracted many tribal leaders to come and discuss concerns facing their tribes and tribes within Indian country. The consultation was also heavily attended by grantees that were in town for the ACF Native Grantee Meeting. The written response to the testimony will be posted on the ACF Tribal and Native American Resources page under “Spotlight” in the coming weeks. The 2014 ACF Native Grantee Meeting was held over the course of three days and was attended by approximately 500 grantees across ACF. The theme for this year’s conference was “Honoring Our Commitments to Native Families and Communities: Today and Tomorrow”. Commissioner Sparks Robinson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Mark Greenberg and Actor Gary Farmer opened the conference. Mr. Farmer, the keynote speaker, emphasized the power of media to maintain culture and address pressing social and health issues. Dennis Zotigh of the National American Indian Museum in Washington, DC performed a traditional drum and song to help open the conference as well as inspire and guide participants and presenters. The conference had eight tracks (Accessing Educational Opportunity, Economic Opportunity NOW!, Promoting Health, Supporting Governance, Promoting Hopeful, Safe and Healthy Communities, Understanding Grants Management and Reporting, Spotlight, and ACF – Learning from YOU! (Listening Sessions)) and each track contained approximately six to twelve unique workshops. Grantees were encouraged to participate in a poster session where they could feature their programs/projects, network and inform agency staff about the benefits provided by these programs/projects. This session has proven to be a highlight of the ACF, and ANA conferences. Approximately 80 posters were displayed from grantees across ACF and provided grantees with valuable insight and information on what other tribes, agencies, and organizations are doing to help alleviate the issues within their communities. Mr. William Mendoza, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education closed the session along with a community driven give-away and closing drum and song, again by Mr. Zotigh. The Administration for Native Americans sponsored a Native American Languages Summit the Friday following the sessions. This event was co-hosted by the Department of Education and the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Education, and included a welcome from Raina Thiele, Associate Director at the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. The theme for this summit, held as part of the Interagency Memorandum of Agreement on Native American Languages was “Working Together for Native American Language Success” and featured experts from Tribal leadership, public schools, language immersion schools, and test development to discuss ways to work in partnership to create successful language programs, with a special emphasis on how to assess your learners. ANA thanks all those who participated, attended and helped organize the events and looks forward to seeing everyone again soon! Presentations and slideshows from the meeting are available for your download for a limited time here. Back to Newsletter Homepage Grantee Highlights Back to Newsletter Homepage The Notah Begay III Foundation The Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) received a two-year SEDS grant to implement San Felipe Pueblo: Turning the Tide Against Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Crystal Echo Hawk, the NB3F Executive Director, was instrumental in the development and conceptualization of the project and was successful in leveraging funding from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to also support the project. NB3F is a non-profit organization and our offices are located in Santa Ana Pueblo and Turning the Tide programming is conducted predominantly in and serves the San Felipe Pueblo, which is about 20 miles north on Interstate 25. The main goals and objectives of our project are: Goal: to define a replicable model of culturally appropriate, community-driven collaboration and programming to address the epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes that severely and negatively undermine the quality of life and lifespan of members of the San Felipe Pueblo by building community capacity, mobilizing internal and external community assets, and empowering ownership among community stakeholders to create systemic change in their own community. Objective 1: Within 24 months, mobilize at least 150 community members (youth, families and leaders) to develop and begin to implement a consensus-based community action plan focused on addressing type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity, to host one annual community-led health summit and create a cadre of at least 20 youth health champions annually. Objective 2: Within 24 months, increase the San Felipe Pueblo community’s access to and use of healthy and fresh foods by supporting the introduction of a Mobile Grocery (MoGro) food delivery truck through 24 promotional events (cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, nutrition/health mini-workshops and physical fitness activities) reaching 360 San Felipe community members annually, subsidy coupons, and a multi-media, youth-led and culturally-based health education marketing campaign. Objective 3: Within 24 months, expand the physical fitness opportunities for 400 youth ages 4-18 annually from San Felipe and Santo Domingo Pueblos through the NB3F Soccer League, through training 30 adult volunteers to assist as soccer coaches and youth fitness motivators and through 12 physical fitness events annually (as part of 24 health events total) for community members of all ages to encourage them to make physical activity a lifelong habit. Current key project staff include Peou Lakhana, MSW, Director of Health and Wellness who oversees the project; Clint Begay, Director of Community Relations, who is a San Felipe community member and works closely with Tribal leadership to insure Turning the Tide aligns with community protocols; Simone Duran, Soccer Coordinator, who is a San Felipe community member and implements the soccer league and other physical activity programming; and Meghann Dallin, MPH, MoGro Project Coordinator, who works with MoGro to increase access to healthy foods and provides nutrition education. The NB3F has served more than 2,000 (50%) San Felipe Pueblo youth and families throughout the course of the project. NB3F Physical Activity Programs made positive impact on the prospects of vulnerable children’s health and well-being. Significant changes were found in youth participants’ waist circumference, fitness endurance, and some psychosocial factors through the NB3F soccer program. While the programming needs further refinement and the results deem further evaluation they demonstrate preliminary evidence of progress toward reducing obesity and diabetes. These findings over the past year reinforce previous NB3F soccer study findings suggesting the positive impact of the program is sustainable. Through the Healthy Food/Access initiative, access to healthy and affordable food has been increased as was evidenced in the Mobile Grocery (MoGro) Customer Service evaluation that revealed almost all (98%) of survey respondents indicated that MoGro made it easier to access healthy food and approximately 60% reported that shopping at MoGro has resulted in changes to their diets. Further, over two-thirds of survey respondents indicated that the quality of MoGro products were either somewhat better or much better than products at other stores. The NB3F programming has been strategically developed to ensure sustainable impacts on the long-term food and active-living culture of San Felipe Pueblo. In terms of the long-term active living culture, there is strong evidence that NB3F programs are having an impact in San Felipe. NB3F will continue implementing Turning the Tide through September 30, 2014. After this time, existing collaborative activities will continue through remaining collaborative/partnership structures and discussion are underway with San Felipe tribal programs to develop a plan for those interested to own remaining project activities in order to sustain them in the community. Advice NB3F would offer to someone planning or implementing a project similar to Turning the Tide: * If you are a non-tribal program, leverage your Community Advisory Board as it has allowed NB3F to better connect to the needs of the community as well as gain buy-in from community and committee members before bringing activities or program components to participants. This buy-in from the community assists both the marketing of all NB3F efforts but also adds additional legitimacy to board-supported activities. * Take the lead from tribal program directors when working in partnership and give time for genuine partnership building and the development of shared visioning. * Conduct process and outcome evaluation for all programs for continuous quality improvements. * Hire youth and young adults from the community in which service is provided in order to develop their public health and prevention skills and grow community health assets. Back to Newsletter Homepage Grantee Highlights Back to Newsletter Homepage Tribe Upgrades Information Technology through ANA SEDS Grant In September 2011, The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin (LCO) received a two-year SEDS grant to upgrade their information technology systems. Prior to the project, Tribal employees were equipped with computers and an internet connection, but lacked a shared information technology system. There was no back-up server, no shared drives, and no official Tribal email network, causing lost work and slowing employee collaboration. Through their ANA grant, the Tribe hired an Information Technology (IT) Specialist and an IT Assistant who installed virtual servers to support a shared network and established an emergency back-up system. The IT team also connected 62 employee workstations to the network, launched an internal employee website, updated their external public site, and created policies for internet and computer use. In the span of two short years, the Tribe installed and implemented a sophisticated system with network sharing, storage, and emergency backup capability. ANA SEDS Grant Funds Tribal Cemetery Plan As of 2011, The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (HBMI) did not have its own cemetery. Tribal members are buried in cemeteries across Maine, the rest of the U.S., and Canada, creating disconnects between generations and making it difficult to track lineage. The Tribe received a one-year ANA SEDS grant in 2012 to create a Tribal Cemetery Plan. Through their ANA grant, the Tribe created a site development plan and set of policies and ordinances to govern the creation, management, and regulation of a culturally appropriate Tribal cemetery. The new plans and policies will enable HBMI to own, govern, and maintain a cemetery. Many Maliseet members expressed interest in repatriating loved ones’ remains to the cemetery once complete. The Houlton Band of Maliseets is now closer to the community’s long-term vision for a Tribal burial ground where Maliseet ancestors will be laid to rest. Homeless to Homeowner in 30 Months Despite being commonly thought of as a tropical paradise, the housing situation on the Hawaiian Islands is desperate for many of the islands’ residents. On the Wai’anae Coast of Oahu, high housing costs have forced many Native Hawaiians to live in transitional homeless shelters. Many of these individuals find it difficult to secure permanent housing due to poor credit history and lack of financial skills. Through a SEDS grant implemented from 2010 to 2013, Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) provided financial literacy, renter education, and credit counseling to 354 residents of transitional shelters in Wai’anae. HCA worked performed credit checks, created Individual Development Accounts for residents, and developed a network of 20 landlords and private housing agents who agreed to rent to shelter residents. As a result of HCA’s efforts, 70 families secured rental housing. One success story of the project came from a Native Hawaiian veteran. Upon returning from service, he found himself homeless while waiting for his lease award on Hawaiian Homelands. While residing at a shelter, he completed HCA’s financial education, established a monthly budget, set a savings goal, and created an action plan to purchase a home. In July 2013, he closed on a mortgage loan and moved into a beautiful home on Hawaii Island. Thanks to his hard work and HCA, he went from being homeless to a homeowner in just 30 months. Back to Newsletter Homepage Dispatch Back to Newsletter Homepage Updates from Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation On April 17-18, OPRE held a meeting titled “The Way Forward: ACF Research with American Indians and Alaska Natives” at the National Museum of the American Indian. Over sixty researchers and federal staff who do research with AI/AN communities gathered to learn about the current state of ACF research in tribal communities and to discuss future directions. From Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants to Tribal Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting, participants engaged in a lively discussion regarding how best to build knowledge that can increase understanding and help inform decision-making in tribal communities. You can read a short description from a recent ACF Family Room Blog here. A report summarizing the meeting will be available in late summer 2014 at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre. Understanding Urban Indians’ Interactions With ACF Programs and Services: Final Report What are the social service needs of low-income urban American Indians and to what extent to do they access ACF services and supports? This report presents the results of an exploratory study to better understand Urban Indians' interactions with ACF programs and services. Data were obtained via in-depth interviews with directors of Urban Indian Centers (UICs) from around the country and a set of employees from local government social service agencies. Interviewees were asked to identify the range of social service needs of the population; barriers to accessing ACF services, what role the UICs play in meeting urban American Indians’ needs, and any promising or effective practices that they believed would improve services to the urban Indian population. Partner's Newsletters Prevention & Recovery: A Multi-Agency Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboration is a quarterly publication highlighting prevention practices and success stories in Indian country. It is designed to provide tools, resources, and information to prevent and address issues of alcohol and drug use disorders in tribal communities. This issue’s theme is Strengthening Federal-Tribal Partnerships. The July 2014 edition of the Child Support Report. is about a poverty-fighting program in the 1960s—and now; how the Office of Child Support Enforcement engages with both moms and dads; a “roadshow” that reaches employers statewide; an OCSE partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and a funding opportunity through the new Fatherhood Research & Practice Network.
- Published: July 3, 2014Healthy Tribes provides information on the Affordable Care Act and the marketplace health insurance enrollment process for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
- Published: July 1, 2014An overview of Department of Health and Human Services programs that provide American Indians and Alaska Natives additional health benefits even when used in
- Published: July 1, 2014There has been much controversy about the Affordable Care Act, what some call Obamacare. The politics are beyond intense. And those computer glitches are making
What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act Exemption as an American Indian or Alaska NativePublished: July 1, 2014Information about how American Indians and Alaska Natives can apply for an exemption for the "shared responsibility payment" on their taxes.
- Published: October 3, 2012Native American Veterans: Storytelling for Healing Greetings, The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) thanks you for your interest in Native American
- Published: August 29, 2012The Objective Work Plan (OWP) form is required with all ANA grant applications. It is included in ANA’s application kit as a fillable form in Grants.Gov. For
- Published: January 9, 2013Eastern Region Environmental Regulatory Enhancement Grantee: Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa