Announcements from the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
- Stafford Act Tribal Disaster Declarations Pilot Guidance – Effective immediately under the pilot phase are provisions that include a minimum damage threshold of $250,000 for public assistance; utilization of historic preservation as a demographic factor; and expansion of eligibility of non-enrolled tribal community members for individual and households program. The Pilot Guidance can be viewed here, or for more information, click here.
- Summer Internships Available in FEMA Region and DC Office – Paid summer internships offered in financial management, administrative & office support, emergency management, human resources, information technology, and law. Application deadline is January 31, 2017 at 11:50 p.m. EST. For more information and to apply, refer to links below:
Student Trainee (Emergency Management GS-5)
Anniston, AL; Oakland, CA; Lakewood, CO; Washington, DC; Aiea, HI; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Kansas City, MO; Philadelphia, PA; Denton, TX; Winchester, VA
Washington, DC; Winchester, VA
GS-2 to GS-5
Anniston, AL; Lakewood, CO; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Kansas City, MO; Denton, TX; Winchester, VA ; Bothell, WA; Atlanta, GA; Oakland, CA; Emmitsburg, MD; New York, NY
Denton, TX; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Oakland, CA
Winchester, VA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL, Washington, DC; Oakland, CA
- SAMHSA Funding Opportunity for Suicide Prevention and Substance Abuse Program – Made possible by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), applications for Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health, or Native Connections, have opened for fiscal year 2017. Native Connections is committed to reducing suicidal behavior and substance abuse, and promote mental health for young American Indian/ Alaska Native people up to age 24. For more information, visit the SAMHSA grants page here.
- Tribal Grants Available for Community Coordinated Terrorist Attack Preparation – Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) was issued in which federally recognized tribal governments can help prepare communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA). The competitive application period closes on February 14, 2017. Click here for more information.
- No-Cost FEMA Tribal Emergency Management Planning course – FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute will host its Emergency Management for Tribal Governments course (E580) from March 13-16, 2017. All instruction, course materials, travel, and housing are provided. The course will help to prepare Tribal Communities with knowledge and skills to adequately respond hazards. For additional information, click here.
Resources and other information for the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency can be found here www.fema.gov.
Posted by the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs 01/05/2017
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today issued the following statements after being elected Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the 115th Congress.
“I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and look forward to working with Vice Chairman Udall and members of the Committee to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian Country. In our roles, we will address the issues of job creation, natural resource management, health care, education, public safety and housing in Indian communities,” said Chairman Hoeven. “We will also make it a priority to promote economic growth. Jobs and economic growth are the priorities that will help Indianfamilies, communities and businesses succeed.”
“I am enormously honored to become the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, a role that will strengthen my ability to fight for and defend the sovereignty of New Mexico’s 23 tribes and all Native American communities,” said Vice Chairman Udall. “With the Indian Affairs Committee’s proud tradition of bipartisan cooperation in mind, I am very much looking forward to working with Chairman Hoeven and all our committee members to help secure progress for Indian Country. Throughout my career, I have been committed to working alongside tribes to uphold our trust responsibility. The U.S. Senate has a duty to support tribal communities in their work to build sustainable economies and good schools, provide quality health care, maintain access to clean air and water, and protect the deep Native American connection to culture and tradition. Native Americans have faced, and continue to face, great challenges and injustices – and while we have made progress, it is abundantly clear that we have much work to do to improve government-to-government consultation with tribes and to ensure environmental justice. I am proud of my long record as a strong defender of Native American rights, and this new position will enable me to work more closely with tribal communities in New Mexico and across our nation.”
“I want to congratulate Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall on their elections,” said former committee Chairman John Barrasso. “I look forward to working closely with them both, and with all the committee members, to pass legislation that will empower tribal communities and will strengthen the government-to-government relationship the United States shares with tribes.”
“I look forward to working with Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall to ensure that our nation’s trust and treaty responsibilities are upheld across all of Indian Country,” said former committee Vice Chairman Jon Tester. “I am confident that during this session of Congress the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will continue its long history of working across the aisle to promote tribal sovereignty and strengthen economic opportunities, health care and education for all Native American and Alaska Native families.”
Don Canton/Kami Capener (Hoeven) ~202-224-2551
Jennifer Talhelm (Udall) ~202-228-6870
GRAND RONDE, Ore. – The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has joined an increasing number of other Native American Tribes nationwide in adopting an Independent Press Ordinance that will codify that the Tribal news publication has the independence to report Grand Ronde news objectively and free from undue political influence by Tribal elected officials.
The ordinance was adopted by the Grand Ronde Tribal Council at its Wednesday, Dec. 28, meeting and goes into effect in mid-January.
Although the Grand Ronde Tribal Constitution, adopted in 1984, states that “Tribal Council shall not deny … freedom of speech, press, or religion,” the Tribal publication, Smoke Signals, has for many years been supervised by a manager who reports directly to Tribal Council. The government structure created concerns among newspaper staff members, Tribal employees and Tribal members about the newspaper’s ability to report news objectively without undue influence.
The new ordinance was shepherded through the ordinance process by Tribal Council member Chris Mercier, who previously worked as a reporter for Smoke Signals before being first elected to Tribal Council in 2004.
“Freedom of the press was guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution when this country was founded,” Mercier said. “It has always been a fundamental right of American citizens. I think that when people approved our Tribal Constitution in 1984 they included language for freedom of the press for a reason. I do believe that this is what they had in mind.”
The ordinance will create an Editorial Board of between three and five members with a majority being Grand Ronde Tribal members. The board, which will be appointed by Tribal Council, will supervise the editor of Smoke Signals. Board members will serve for three-year terms and adhere to accepted ethics of journalism as defined by the Society of Professional Journalists and endorsed by the Native American Journalists Association. “The Editorial Board members shall serve their terms of office free from any undue influence or any political interest,” the ordinance states.
The ordinance also requires the editor to adhere to accepted ethics of journalism and to serve free from undue influence and any political interest. The ordinance also provides Smoke Signals staff members with protection from disclosing their sources.
Smoke Signals has been published by the Grand Ronde Tribe since 1984 and is currently published on the first and 15th of each month. The newspaper consistently wins awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and Native American Journalists Association.
About the Tribe
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon includes more than 27 Tribes and Bands from western Oregon, southwestern Washington and northern California that were relocated to the Grand Ronde Reservation between 1855-1875.
These Tribes and Bands include the Rogue River, Umpqua, Chasta, Kalapuya, Molalla, Salmon River, Tillamook and Nestucca Indians.
The Tribes’ ceded lands in Oregon extend from the California border to southwestern Washington, and reach from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
For more information about the Tribe, visit www.grandronde.org.
Contact: Dean Rhodes
For Immediate Release
January Deadline to comment on FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn’s #Solutions2020 Call to Action
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Flagstaff, AZ – January 10, 2017- Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), released a draft of the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan on December 19, 2016. The plan identified six actionable items that would address digital divides by delivering robust connectivity within four years. The deadline to submit comments, suggestions, and feedback on the plan is January 11, 2017. The final report will be released in early 2017.
“Commissioner Clyburn’s continued support for increased media ownership among Native Americans and people of color is critical. Tribal communities continue to have a need for multiple means of communication including radio,” Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media, previously stated.
The plan includes a call to action for the following areas: 1) Ensuring Affordable Communication, 2) Empowering Communities, 3) 5G and Beyond for All Americans, 4) Enhancing Consumer Protections, 5) Broadband as a Driver of Improved Health Service, and 6) Promoting a More Diverse Media Landscape. Comments, suggestions or feedback can be submitted to email@example.com. To view the document, visit: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db1219/DOC-342689A1.pdf.
Native Public Media is a national organization devoted to encouraging healthy, independent and engaged tribal communities through media access, control and ownership. Currently 58 Native owned and operated radio stations and a handful of television stations and projects serve Indian Country.
David Grossman, (202) 418-2100
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, November 10, 2016 – Today, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that she is inviting additional “pitch” submissions as a part of the upcoming release of the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan.
Last month, academics, practitioners, and other thought leaders came to Washington, D.C. to participate in Commissioner Clyburn’s #Solutions2020 Policy Forum. Invited participants each gave a three minute solutions-focused “pitch” followed by an audience Q&A session and a one minute closing statement aimed at addressing many of the toughest challenges facing the communications sector, including affordability, digital inclusion, and broadband-enabled healthcare.
During the forum, Commissioner Clyburn also outlined six pillars targeted at several of the biggest challenges confronting the communications sector:
1) Ensuring Affordable Communications
2) Empowering Communities
3) Broadband as a Driver of Improved Health Services
4) Promoting a More Diverse Media Landscape
5) 5G and Beyond for All Americans
6) Enhancing Consumer Protections
How to Submit a Solutions-Focused “Pitch”:
Pitch submissions should propose a specific solution to an issue facing the communications sector and be a maximum of 350 words in length. It is encouraged to submit a “pitch” that falls within one of the six categories described above. Please email your pitch to Solutions2020@fcc.gov. All submissions must be received by 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 28, 2016 and may subsequently be posted on the Commission’s website.
Please email your pitch to Solutions2020@fcc.gov. All submissions must be received by 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 28, 2016 and may subsequently be posted on the Commission’s website.
All pitch submissions which reference open proceedings must also comply with the Commission’s ex parte rules. A discussion of those rules can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/proceedings-actions/ex-parte.
Submitted ideas will be considered for inclusion in the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan which will be publicly released before the end of this year.
Background on #ConnectingCommunities and the #Solutions2020 Policy Forum:
In April, 2016, Commissioner Clyburn announced the #ConnectingCommunities tour as a way to hear first-hand about the opportunities and challenges of bringing affordable, diverse and competitive communications services to all Americans. During the tour, Commissioner Clyburn visited the following communities:
• Boston, Massachusetts
• Charleston County, South Carolina
• Chandler/Phoenix, Arizona
• Denver, Colorado
• Indian Land, South Carolina
• Morgantown/Kingwood, West Virginia
• Newark, New Jersey
• New York, New York
• Navajo Nation, New Mexico
• Palo Alto/San Francisco, California
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• San Diego, California
• Seattle, Washington
On October 19, 2016, Commissioner Clyburn hosted the #Solutions2020 Policy Forum at Georgetown University Law Center. The forum was the culmination of the Commissioner’s six-month #ConnectingCommunities tour.
For a fifth consecutive year, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has been awarded as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Since launching in 1999, APTN has become a pillar for indigenous media, leading by example with its commitment to professional and educational development, to new parents with the establishment of parental leave, and to programming created by and for indigenous people.
“APTN is extremely proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers,” says Jean La Rose, APTN’s Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our people, the network’s successes are only achieved through the outstanding efforts of all employees.”
APTN is to Canada’s first national public network for indigenous people. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments. For more information, visit www.aptn.ca or read more on the network’s recognition here.
The annual Information Technology Summit hosted by the Navajo Nation Department of Information Technology will be held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque on November 14-17, 2016. The summit is expected to draw presentations and attendance from varied stakeholders seeking cyber solutions and technology instruction. Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media, will provide a session on radio licensing and ownership November 15, 2016.
“I am honored to be invited by the Navajo Nation to present on the importance of media access, control, and ownership. Judging by what is happening at Standing Rock in terms of media coverage, or the lack of it by mainstream media, this conversation is timely. Currently Native media and independent media are the primary providers of news from Standing Rock on a consistent basis regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. We also need to talk about technology based abuses levied against the water protectors where media overlaps with technology,” stated Taylor.
The four-day summit will provide technology education sessions to address broadband technology opportunities and challenges across Indian County with specific attention to the technology needs of tribal offices in the fields of health, social services, judicial, communications, telecommunications, higher education, and more. For additional information, visit http://www.nnits.navajo-nsn.gov.
Information is necessary to daily decision making. However, many across the country, including Tribal Communities, continue to lack the infrastructure and resources that would enable access to information. This communications divide has been the focus of Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
In April 2016, the Commissioner announced the launch of the “Connecting Communities: Bridging the Communications and Opportunities Divide” Tour, and began meeting with rural and urban communities to learn of the benefits and challenges facing the communications sector nationwide. This tour included visits to Tribal Communities to hear of specific challenges that Indian Country continues to face.
In a press release from April 2016 announcing the tour, Clyburn said, “I’m excited to embark on this national tour to hear from those seeking to bridge the communications and opportunities divide. This is a unique opportunity to gain new insights and ensure that the FCC hears a wide range of perspectives, including the many voices that often go unheard.”
The Connecting Communities tour will conclude with the #Solutions2020 Policy Forum taking place today, October 19, 2016, at 1 p.m. EDT at the Gewirz Building, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001. Over 20 panelists from across the country, including Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media, will discuss some of the most challenging issues facing the communications sector to date. Topics of the policy forum will include
- Bridging the Affordability Gap
- What is 5G?
- Combating Inequality in the Communications Sector
- Health Care: An Unfinished Chapter of the National Broadband Plan
- The Future of Viewpoint Diversity
The discussion will be streamed live at https://www.fcc.gov/live.
You can read the press release at https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-338868A1.pdf.
For more information about the forum, visit https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2016/10/commissioner-clyburn%E2%80%99s-solutions2020-policy-forum.
Native Public Media signs on with 75 public interest organizations and sent a letter to the Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling on the agency to move forward this month on three issues currently before it: the set-top box rulemaking, the broadband privacy rulemaking, and the zero rating investigation.
The FCC has been working toward actions on these three issues for months, if not years. The agency could vote any day on proposed new rules for set-top boxes, after it postponed a scheduled vote in late September. It is currently scheduled to vote on new privacy rules that would limit broadband providers’ ability to use and share their customers’ data for non-service-related purposes. And it is in the midst of an investigation into abusive data caps and zero rating plans that many advocates argue violate net neutrality rules.
Public interest organizations view action on these issues as necessary to make internet, cable, and satellite services more affordable and open, and to preserve internet users’ privacy. “This Commission has made bold and historic moves to dismantle technological barriers to free and unfettered speech, making tools for generating content more accessible, and networks for sharing and reading more egalitarian,” the letter says, noting in particular the importance of the 2015 Open Internet Order that established net neutrality rules. “But there is still much left to do.” As the year comes to an end and Washington anticipates being thrown into the turmoil of the election and changing Administration, the letter urges swift resolution of these issues. “Each day that passes without marking progress on these important issues is another day of missed opportunities,” the letter says.
You can read the letter sent to the FCC here – 2016-10-public-interest-fcc-letter-final