Tribal/Interior Budget Council Meeting

The next Tribal/Interior Budget Council meeting is scheduled to take place via ZOOM on September 21-22, 2021. A meeting agenda has not been released, but the meeting is scheduled to convene the full voting body for two days with no subcommittee meetings. A tribal caucus is scheduled for September 21, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Register for the September 21-22, 2021 TIBC meeting here:

Register for the September 21, 2021 TIBC Tribal Caucus here:

·        This list of attendees will be monitored and unauthorized attendees will be removed, when approved by TIBC.

IMLS Virtual Listening Session

Crosby Kemper, the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), invites you to attend IMLS’s virtual Listening Session, which will be held on Wednesday, October 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET. The attached letter from Director Kemper includes additional information and tentative agenda items for the session.

Please register for the session using this Zoom link. Registration will be open through the end of the session. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact me at or 202-653-4616. 

A note for Gmail users: opening the attached proxy form in Google Docs will make the form fields disappear. Please use the “download” arrow instead and open it from there.

Download Details

USDA, APHIS will be hosting a Tribal Webinar on the American Rescue Plan Strategic Framework

Just a reminder that USDA, APHIS will be hosting a Tribal Webinar on the American Rescue Plan Strategic Framework.

Enclosed is the information on how to register for the Tribal webinar and others if you are unable to make it on Tuesday 08/31/21.

Submit Written Comments and Register for an Informational Webinar

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a Strategic Framework outlining our approach to fulfill a key charge within the American Rescue Plan Act to better protect people and animals from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The Framework serves as a roadmap to build One Health capacity and strengthen APHIS’ ability to prevent, detect, investigate and respond to SARS-CoV-2 as well as other emerging and zoonotic diseases. Collectively, the key actions within the Framework will enable USDA to build an early warning system to alert public health partners to take steps sooner to potentially prevent or limit the next zoonotic disease outbreak, or the next global pandemic..

Submit Written Comments

We are interested in your feedback on the Strategic Framework and will accept written comments for 45 days via from Tuesday, August 24 to Friday, October 8, 2021.

Register for an Informational Webinar

APHIS is also hosting a series of webinars to provide more information about the Strategic Framework and answer any questions you may have. Our hope is that this additional information will support your ability to submit written comments.

The format and information shared during each webinar will be identical. Certain webinars are geared toward a specific audience, but you are welcome to join any webinar that best fits your schedule. Each webinar has its own registration link and connection information. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.

All webinars will be recorded, and the recordings will be accessible from this page.

Webinar Schedule

Tuesday, August 31
Audience: Tribal Representatives
American Rescue Plan—Overview of APHIS’ Strategic Framework
1:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET
Register Now
Wednesday, September 1
Audience: General Interest
American Rescue Plan—Overview of APHIS’ Strategic Framework
3:30 to 5:00 p.m. ET
Register Now
Wednesday, September 8
Audience: Socially Disadvantaged Producers and Related Organizations
American Rescue Plan—Overview of APHIS’ Strategic Framework
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET
Register Now
Wednesday, September 15
Audience: General Interest
American Rescue Plan—Overview of APHIS’ Strategic Framework
4:00 to 5:30 p.m. ET
Register Now

Tuesday, August 31: Register for DOE’s Hydrogen Shot Summit

On Tuesday, August 31, join the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) first ever Hydrogen Shot Summit, a virtual gathering and dialogue to identify sustainable pathways to achieve Hydrogen Shot’s “1 1 1” goal of $1 for 1 kg of clean hydrogen in 1 decade. The summit will provide perspective on what is required so that clean hydrogen can achieve the scale and impact needed to tackle the climate crisis and transition to an equitable clean energy future.

Speakers include U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, Deputy Secretary David Turk, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Breakthrough Energy Founder Bill Gates.

The summit will also cover four breakout sessions on various clean hydrogen production pathways as well as deployment and financing will help identify key challenges and potential strategies to address them.

For additional information, visit the Hydrogen Shot Summit web page.

Register now.

Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW | Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website.

Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar on the Tribal Solar Development Policy Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting a free webinar on the Tribal Solar Development Policy Initiative tomorrow, August 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time.

With support from DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association (MTERA) have embarked on a 3-year initiative to address regulatory challenges to tribal solar deployment. The goal of this initiative is to articulate key barriers to tribal solar and solar-plus-storage adoption at all scales and to ready stakeholders to implement options to address these challenges. This webinar will share some early findings from the initiative and explain how others can get involved.

Speakers include:

  • Jake Glavin, MTERA Executive Director
  • Tyler Huebner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
  • Brandy Toft, Leech Lake Ojibwe
  • Amy Fredregill, WSB Engineering
  • Pilar Thomas, Quarles & Brady.

Register now.

Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW | Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website.

African Swine Fever Webinar hosted by APHIS

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) webinars taking place during the week of Sept 13-17, 2021 regarding African Swine Fever hosted by APHIS.

African Swine Fever (ASF) Action Week is to focus attention on the importance of preparedness and our ongoing, collaborative efforts to keep this disease out of the United States.  

The attached flier includes the ASF Action Week webinar schedule and provides information on how to register. 

To received daily updates during the Action Week including resources you can print, post and share and APHIS swine health program activities , please visit the flier to subscribe.

Please post and share this information.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to myself (, Dr. Terry Clark ( Director Office of National Tribal Liaison, and Hallie Zimmers ( Adviser for State and Stakeholder Relations for any additional information.

ATNI to Host US Treasury Tribal Leader Roundtable on the RPA reauthorization of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) which contains a $500 million set aside for Tribal governments to support

Tribal Leader Roundtable – Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 AT 10AM

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) reauthorizes and amends the Small Business Jobs Act (SBJA) of 2010, which established the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program. SSBCI provides certain governments funding for 1) small business financing programs and 2) technical assistance to small businesses applying for SSBCI. ARPA authorized SSBCI Tribal government eligibility for the first time and provided a $500 million Tribal set aside. Treasury has conducted a Tribal consultation, hosted a Tribal information session, and engaged in Tribal engagement on this fund over the past few months. Based on the consultation, Treasury adopted a distribution methodology that allocated payments using a formula that is based on enrollment data and establishes a minimum amount ($423,000) for eligible Tribal governments. All eligible Tribal governments have been notified of their initial allocations via email.  A Notice of Intent to apply for these funds is due August 16, 2021 at 5:00 EDT and applications are due December 11, 2021. Please note that the NOI does not obligate a government to participate in the program. SSBCI Resources:

Contact Information

ATNI HOSTED TREASURY MEETING TUESDAY AUGUST 10TH AT 10AMTopic: US Treasury SSBCI Time: Aug 10, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 837 8000 0561Passcode: 483549One tap mobile+12532158782,,83780000561#,,,,*483549# US (Tacoma)+16699006833,,83780000561#,,,,*483549# US (San Jose)
Dial by your location    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)    +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)    +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)    +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)Meeting ID: 837 8000 0561Passcode: 483549Find your local number: