2nd Salmon Orca Summit 2021

Dear Tribal Leaders:

On behalf of the National Congress of American Indians, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and Nez Perce Tribe, we invite you to join us at the virtual Second Salmon Orca Summit – this Friday, November 19th, at 12pm pst. This Summit builds on the historic collaboration of the first summit in July of this year, to discuss the urgency of the crisis facing Pacific Northwest salmon and Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orca), and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore these species and invest in a thriving Northwest.

This virtual event is open to the public. We hope to educate our neighbors and friends about the plight of our Snake River salmon populations and Puget Sound orcas. When the Creator asked who would nourish us, Salmon stood up to take on that task. It is now our duty to stand up for the Salmon and Orca, to speak for them now that they have no voice man can hear. We hope that you will stand with us in this effort.

We look forward to building strength in this movement, together. We will share stories, be in community, and bring public attention to the unprecedented moment we are facing – a future without fish. We hope you will join us:

Second Salmon Orca Summit
Hosted by the Nez Perce Tribe
Friday, November 19th, 2021
12:00 – 1:15pm PST

In the months following the first summit, national attention on this issue has continued to grow. The White House and US Congress are paying attention. We must raise our voices for the salmon and the orca now! And we urge you to stand with us before it is too late. Please share this invitation with friends and community. You can find more information about the project at salmonorcaproject.com, catch highlights from our first summit here, and share the event on Facebook here.

Thank you for your engagement.

Please Register for the Summit Here:

NAP Hosts Regional Listening Session with ATNI

NAP Hosts Regional Listening Session with Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) are excited to host the first of 6 regional listening sessions for Tribal Nations beginning in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
The listening session will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, December 7 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm PT.
Tribal Nation Leaders and Professionals
Are you looking for more resources to support projects in your community? Join the NAP Tribal Nations Initiative listening sessions to discuss:
Funding priorities for Tribal NationsResources from the philanthropy sectorHow to meaningfully engage the philanthropy sectorResources, data and capacity buildingFocused initiatives in the environment, education and healthcareBuilding Tribal coalitions
Who: Tribal leaders, Tribal directors and program managers, Tribal grant writers, and Tribal grantseekers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm Pacific Time
Why should Native communities engage with philanthropy?There are billions of untapped dollars that could support your community from the philanthropy sector. The philanthropy sector spent over $400 billion on various programs and initiatives in 2019, yet less than half of 1% of those funds went to support Native American communities. Through more awareness, education and collaboration we can improve our relationships with and access to the philanthropy sector.
What is NAP’s Tribal Nations Initiative?NAP’s Tribal Nations Initiative (TNI) supports a Native-led movement to bring Tribal Nations and the philanthropy sector together on one centralized platform. Beyond facilitating a space for connection and collaboration, TNI supports Native philanthropists across a spectrum, from established grant makers expanding their impact to those just beginning to explore the landscape. By building visibility, Tribal coalition building, identifying priorities, encouraging meaningful partnerships, developing strategic pathways and creating technical support systems, the TNI aims to indigenize giving, better connect the philanthropy sector, and direct more resources to support Native American communities.
How to stay up to date with TNI:For more information, click here to receive updates, sessions in your region, helpful resources and funding opportunities.For questions or more information, please email events@nativephilanthropy.org
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI)In 1953 farsighted tribal leaders in the Northwest formed the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and dedicated it to tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Today, ATNI is a nonprofit organization representing over 50 Northwest tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, southeast Alaska, Northern California, and Western Montana. ATNI is an organization whose foundation is composed of the people it is meant to serve — the Indian peoples. Through its conferences, forums, networks, and alliances, ATNI intends to represent and advocate for the interests of its member Tribes to national Indian and non-Indian organizations and governments.

ATNI Call on the Bureau of Land Management to Finally Fulfill 45-year old Congressional Mandate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 11, 2021


Terri Parr, Executive Director


PORTLAND, OR — A resolution passed by the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) calls on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to initiate and complete a rulemaking to improve how Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) are established and managed for current and future generations. ACEC regulations were mandated nearly 50 years ago in the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976 but never developed or implemented by the agency. Tribes whose ancestral lands are now managed by the BLM believe that updated ACEC guidance will provide an important basis upon which BLM can conserve natural, cultural, and historic resource values in support of Tribal rights and interests. 

ACECs can be used “to protect and prevent irreparable damage to important historic, cultural, or scenic values, fish and wildlife resources or other natural systems or processes” However, in practice, the BLM has not fulfilled the promise of this designation. While Congress, through FLPMA, has directed the BLM to “give priority to the designation and protection of” ACECs, the agency chose to eliminate almost 4 million acres of existing ACECs and reject the more than 14 million acres of nominations for new ACECs put forward by Alaska Tribes in the Bering Sea-Western Interior and Central Yukon Resource Management Planning processes. BLM’s disregard for Tribal interests in ACECs in these two Alaska plans compelled ATNI to advance this resolution. 

Even though FLPMA required the development of regulations to guide the establishment and management of ACECs, no regulations have been developed in the more than four decades since the law’s enactment. ATNI’s resolution states that because of the lack of an ACEC regulation, the criteria for establishing ACECs varies across BLM-managed lands, and areas designated as ACECs are managed inconsistently. Tribes are especially concerned about ACECs nominated for protection of Traditional landscapes since they are intended to protect values on the ground, such as critical watersheds and migration corridors.

ATNI stands firmly with Tribes in seeking federal government action to correct this oversight and asks the BLM to promptly develop ACEC Regulations. “Tribes have been experiencing unjust management of Traditional lands by the Bureau – even wholesale rejection of Tribal nominations for conservation – and having a Regulation will resolve uneven application and management of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern,” said Terri Parr, ATNI Executive Director. “This ACEC rulemaking will prioritize, define, identify, designate, and conserve ACECs, and updated guidance could improve how ACECs are established and managed – and this is good for Tribes.”

The resolution will now be reviewed and considered at the National Congress of American Indians’ (NCAI) Annual Virtual Convention, which starts this week.


Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians 

In 1953 farsighted tribal leaders in the Northwest formed the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and dedicated it to tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Today, ATNI is a membership-based, nonprofit organization representing over 50 Northwest Tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Southeast Alaska, Northern California, and Montana. ATNI is an organization whose foundation is composed of the people it is meant to serve — the Indian peoples. Through its conferences, forums, networks, and alliances, ATNI intends to represent and advocate for the interests of its member Tribes to national Indian and non-Indian organizations and governments. 

Addressing Barriers to Native American Voting Rights: A Tribal-Federal Roundtable Discussion

October 5, 2021
3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. EDT

Join the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) today for a special event entitled, “Addressing Barriers to Native American Voting Rights: A Tribal-Federal Roundtable Discussion.”
This roundtable will feature Senator Ben Ray Luján (NM), Senator Jon Tester (MT), Representative Sharice Davids (KS), Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma (Hopi Tribe), Chairwoman Shelly Fyant (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), and General Counsel Natasha Singh (Tanana Chiefs Conference) discussing how to protect Native American voting rights and how to eliminate barriers that currently limit Native American participation in elections.

Please join NCAI, NARF, and our very special guests as we discuss this critical issue for Indian Country and Congress’ role in protecting voting rights for all Native Americans.

Announcing the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit

Dear Tribal Leaders,

The White House is excited to announce that the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit will occur the week of November 8 2021. Specific dates and times will be shared in a follow up announcement. This year the Summit will take place virtually.

President Biden and the Administration look forward to hosting a robust and meaningful dialogue with Tribal leaders on key issues, policy initiatives, and goals for Indian Country. This year we have changed the name from a conference to a summit to reflect the federal government’s Nation-to-Nation relationship with Tribal Nations. The Biden-Harris Administration is deeply committed to honoring our trust and treaty responsibilities to federally recognized Tribes and the Summit provides an opportunity for Tribal leaders to engage directly with officials from the highest levels of the Administration.

Additional details about the Summit are forthcoming. Please be sure to register for the 2021 Tribal Nations Summit by Friday, October 22, 2021.
Click Here to register for the 2021 Tribal Nations Summit
If you have any questions, please reach out to TNS@who.eop.gov.


White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
White House Domestic Policy Council

2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit


Due to popular demand, we’ve opened up 300 more seats for the Summit. Get yours today!

The 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit got off to a great start last week with opening remarks from Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, Executive Director of IMLS Cosby Kemper, Senior Advisor to the President Libby Washburn, and Senior Policy Advisor at the National Economic Council Lisa Hone.

Register Now Link

Join Us!

This Friday, join us at noon Eastern time for another full day of resources, best practices, and lessons learned for closing the digital divide in Indian Country:

12:00 PM Opening Remarks

Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior
Tracy Goodluck, Policy Advisor for Native Affairs at the White House Domestic Policy Council
Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chair, Federal Communications Commission

12:15 PM Interagency Coordination and Collaboration for Tribal Broadband

Moderated by Morgan Rodman, Executive Director, White House Council on Native American Affairs

1:30 PM Break

1:45 PM Breakout Sessions

7. Broadband Adoption Panel: K-12 Schools (NTIA)
8. Tribal Access to Spectrum & Updates on the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window
     Susan Mort, Acting Assistant Bureau Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
9. USDA Rural Development Programs that Support Long-Term Success of a Broadband Network

2:45 PM Breakout Sessions

10. Broadband Adoption Panel: Tribal Colleges and Universities
11. Integrating FTTP to a Remote Tribal Community via Tribal Utility Authority
12. Planning for Long Term Success

3:45 PM Break

4:00 PM Breakout Sessions

13. Broadband Adoption Panel: Resource Management
14. FirstNet: Transforming First Responder Communications & Extending Connectivity in Tribal Communities 
15. NEPA Workshop

Press Release: Spirit Mountain Community Fund Selects Samuel Riding In As The 2021/22 Hatfield Fellow

Riding In Set for Eight-Month Term in Senator Merkley’s D.C. Office

Grand Ronde, OR – The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund are pleased to announce Samuel Riding In as the 2021/22 Hatfield Fellow. Riding In grew up in Apache, Oklahoma and is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. 

Riding In is a graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous & American Indian Studies. He holds a certification in behavioral health and most recently worked as a case worker/ behavioral health technician at Lutheran Indian Ministries, a nonprofit organization in Kansas. He is passionate about mental health issues, Indian education and economic development for tribal communities.  

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde established the Mark O. Hatfield Fellowship in 1998 as a living tribute to Senator Hatfield to honor his accomplishments as the Governor of Oregon and United States Senator. Each year, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund sponsors a highly motivated Native American to serve as the Hatfield Fellow and intern in an Oregon congressional office, enhancing the mutual understanding between leadership in Washington, D.C., and Indian Country. 

Riding In is the 22nd Native American to serve as a Hatfield Fellow. He will begin his fellowship in November with a month-long orientation at the American Political Science Association (APSA) in Washington, D.C. Following orientation, he will assume his congressional placement in Senator Jeff Merkley’s office. This is the Senator’s second time to host a Hatfield Fellow. 

 “I really look forward to the opportunity to be a part of the American political system, gaining first-hand experience from our leaders in Washington, and using my educational background in ways I had previously never foreseen for myself,” said Riding In. “I look forward to the opportunity to network with other fellows and staff members. Ultimately, I hope to be a part of something that is bigger than myself, with lasting positive impacts for a multitude of people who live and breathe on this land. I want to learn as much as I can throughout the course of the fellowship and I want to be a useful member of Senator Merkley’s team.”

“Senator Hatfield not only played an enormous role in making Oregon what it is today, but did so with unwavering principle and a distinctive, gracious diplomacy that helped to inspire so many Oregonians—including myself—to devote their lives to public service,” said Senator Merkley. “One of the many ways the Oregon delegation works together to honor his many accomplishments is by continuing to build a strong partnership with tribal communities through the Hatfield Fellowship program. I always look forward to hosting Hatfield Fellows, and am especially excited to welcome Sam Riding In to team Merkley, where he will bring an impressive background and an admirable passion for helping others. Especially at a time when tribal communities are facing unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever for Congress and Tribal Governments to work together, and I look forward to seeing the important work Sam accomplishes on Capitol Hill this year.”

 “I wanted to serve as the Hatfield Fellow because historically, Native people have been left out of many conversations and legislation that ultimately affects our livelihoods as sovereign nations. Our people have overcome immense obstacles in order to keep our culture and sovereignty as distinct Tribal Nations intact, and I believe it is imperative we create a sustainable future for the survival of our political autonomy,” said Riding In. “My professional goal is to ensure our next generation of people are equipped with the knowledge to succeed and carry on our culture.”

About Spirit Mountain Community Fund

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The Tribe is committed to honoring the tribal traditions of sharing and giving back to the community. In 1997, in an effort to uphold these traditions, the tribe formed the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, dedicating six percent of all casino revenue to nonprofit organizations in an 11-county service area of northwest Oregon. Grants are awarded in the following categories: arts & culture, education, environmental preservation, health, historical preservation, problem gaming and public safety. 

Visit www.thecommunityfund.com for more information about the Hatfield Fellowship program and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. 


Join Secretary Granholm for a DOE Roundtable on Local Clean Energy Action

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm will host a virtual roundtable, Local Clean Energy Action: Building an Equitable and Sustainable Future with Communities, to launch a new initiative that reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s effort to deliver an equitable clean energy transition for communities across the country, including energy justice communities and communities with historical ties to fossil fuel industries.

Tune in to learn about DOE’s new pilot program that will directly engage and assist communities as they build more resilient economies and better the health and environment of their communities as they transition to clean energy.

Speakers Include:

  • Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary of Energy
  • Shalanda Baker, DOE Deputy Director for Energy Justice
  • Helen Chin, President, Communities First
  • Sekita Grant, Vice President of Programs, The Solutions Project
  • Tatewin Means, Executive Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
  • Michael Tubbs, Former Mayor, City of Stockton, CA
  • Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director, WV Community Development Hub.

Event takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15, from 1:00–1:45 p.m. Eastern Time. 

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.

Department of Defense Plan of Action re EO 13175

Over 40 Tribes, Tribal organizations, Alaska Native Corporations, and Tribal businesses submitted written comments and/or participated in the virtual consultations DoD officials hosted in April.  Drawing on the input received, DoD staff crafted a plan that outlines how DoD policies, training, consultation, and outreach will help DoD meet its federal trust responsibilities to Tribes and protect Tribal lands, rights, and resources from impacts related to ongoing and proposed military operations.  The 10-page DoD Plan of Action details steps to update policy, refine and improve program guidance, expand cultural communications and consultation training (online and in-person, if conditions permit) for DoD leaders and staff, and reinvigorate outreach initiatives to inform and engage Tribal leaders. 

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:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArf-yrrjgrGNZbT_wKl-_4T4xyHUN3bb3y

Register for the September 21, 2021 TIBC Tribal Caucus here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpc-CgpzwjHtAstav06WYy2S3-ySseCW9_

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