SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for Up to  $50 Million To Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for Up to

$50 Million To Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $50 million in Tribal Opioid Response Grants. The grants, which will go to tribes and tribal organizations, will fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities in response to the opioid crisis. The Tribal Opioid Response Grants will address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate, evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment. The grants will reduce unmet treatment needs and opioid overdose-related deaths.

Activities funded by this program will provide a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis spanning the spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. “Preventing, treating, or recovering from an opioid use disorder often involves a range of services,” said Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. “The grants we are announcing will support an expansion of evidence-based treatment and services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. More people will have access to lifesaving health care.”

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2018 Farm Bill Passes U.S. Senate

June 28, 2018
2018 Farm Bill Passes U.S. Senate
Early this evening, the U.S. Senate passed the 2018 Farm Bill which included provisions to support Indian Country, Native producers, and communities. See the statement below from National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel.
“This is a strong Farm Bill for Indian Country, and we welcome this bipartisan legislation that would increase tribal access to programs across the United States Department of Agriculture. We appreciate the tireless efforts of Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall, who have worked closely with the Agriculture Committee, Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow and many other members on this bill. Tribal governments are often the drivers of rural economies, and the opportunities presented in this legislation, including the establishment of the first USDA self-determination program, will provide a brighter future for those in and around Indian Country.”
-President Jefferson Keel, National Congress of American Indians

U.S. Senate Confirms Tara Mac Lean Sweeney as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

U.S. Senate Confirms Tara Mac Lean Sweeney as
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. | Today, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) announced the unanimous confirmation of Tara Mac Lean Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior. The National Congress of American Indians applauds the swift confirmation of Ms. Sweeney following the SCIA vote to move the nomination to the full U.S. Senate earlier this month. The Office of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs is a key office in the fiduciary responsibility of the federal government to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.

Cross Border Child Abduction Response Training- June 27-28, 2018- Blaine, Washington

oin us and other first responders, child protection officials, and community members, from the US/Canadian border region, to discuss topics related to endangered missing, abducted and exploited children. During this training you will gain understanding of the dynamics of child sex trafficking and abductions in the region and develop plans to identify, respond, and investigate cases involving children from the US and Canada. A panel discussion by regional experts, sessions on trafficking among Native American and Canadian Indigenous communities and a hands on multinational, multi-disciplinary tabletop exercise built around a cross border abduction scenario will be all be part of this training. You will hear from representatives of the US and Canadian government on resources available to assist in the aftermath of an abduction and receive the latest updates on child protection activities in the region.

Derek J. VanLuchene

Child Abduction Response Team Program Coordinator

Amber Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program

National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Tech. College

U.S Department of Justice


Help DOE Develop the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program

Help DOE Develop the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program: Provide Input by June 15

The DOE Loan Programs Office (LPO) is tasked with developing the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) to increase the capacity of the commercial lending market to finance tribal energy development activities through the issuance of partial loan guarantees.

The Department is authorized to guarantee up to $2 billion in loans to Indian tribes for energy development. The goal of TELGP is to provide economic opportunities to tribes through energy development projects and activities by increasing the availability of commercial debt financing rather than replacing existing debt markets. In the longer term, LPO hopes TELGP will catalyze sustained investment in tribal communities by the private sector.

For more details about how LPO envisions designing TELGP, read the introduction letter DOE sent to tribal leaders. This blog provides additional information on the program.

LPO is seeking comments and input from tribes through June 15, 2018. Please submit comments or questions via email to