FEMA Grants (September 2022)

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) 

Individual Assistance – Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (IA-CCP) 

Public Assistance Grant Program (PA) 

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) 

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) 

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program 

Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program 

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) 

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) 

Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) 

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program 

Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) 

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program 

(New) Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program [note: has not been offered yet, NOFO later this year] 

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant 

National Preparedness Directorate 

National Continuity Programs 

(New, released 9.16.22) State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program [note: Tribes are not directly eligible, but they “may be eligible subrecipients, and can receive SLCGP funding as a local government.”] 

ATNI Position Announcement: Assistant Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

This full-time position is an employee of the Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians (ATNI) and is assigned to the Northwest Adaptation Climate Science Center (NW CASC) to serve as the NW CASC’s Assistant Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison for Tribes located in the Pacific Northwest. The Assistant Tribal Liaison will work with the Senior Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison to advise the NW CASC on tribal issues as they pertain to climate change, resource vulnerability, and climate adaptation actions. Our liaisons also provide climate adaptation training to tribal nations, develop partnerships to advance tribal resilience to climate impacts, and serve as an informational hub between Tribes, Federal agencies, researchers, and other tribal and non-tribal partners. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Helps carry out the services delivered by the NW CASC and ATNI’s climate change program;
  • Helps ensure that NW CASC research is framed holistically and inclusively to encompass the themes of environmental sustainability, traditional knowledge, exposure of indigenous peoples to the impacts of climate change, adaptation, and interpretation of locally relevant research findings;
  • Assists the Senior Tribal Liaison in the translation and communication of NW CASC science to tribal officials and resource managers based on the relationship of trust among tribal nations and with the tribal citizens;
  • Serves on panels and engages in strategy sessions, workshops, and partner meetings;
  • Works with tribal education programs to: (1) build the scientific capacity and workforce of Tribal Nations within the context of traditional and cultural practices; (2) enhance the diversity of the Federal workforce, particularly the Department of the Interior (DOI); and (3) assist with planning ATNI’s Tribal Climate Camps and Climate Summits; and other opportunities upon request;
  • Reviews reports, proposals, correspondence, and other documents for ATNI, NW CASC, DOI, USGS, and others, upon request;
  • Recommends appropriate tribal collaborators for NW CASC related proposals and projects;
  • Coordinates and organizes the planning, logistics, and programmatic activities for tribal related trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.;
  • Attends and presents at tribal meetings, as appropriate;
  • Prepares reports and tracks NW CASC tribal related activities and corresponding metrics;
  • Conducts outreach to tribal communities to learn about and assess their climate science needs and questions and to inform them of the climate science and adaptation resources available to them through meetings with tribal governments, departments, NGOs, TCUs and schools, and individuals involved in climate adaptation work; 
  • Provides climate adaptation planning support to tribal governments and community climate resilience stakeholders in coordination with the NW CASC and other partners; 
  • Maintains database and ongoing contact with tribal resource managers and tribal personnel involved in climate planning and risk management; and 
  • Under the guidance of the Senior Tribal Liaison, the NW CASC director, and ATNI’s Climate Resilience Program Director, assists with the management of ATNI’s internship programs;
  • Participates in a network of tribal climate science liaisons working within the CASC network;
  • Uses WordPress to edit, update, and maintain a website for outreach and coordination of activities with NW CASC and tribal communities; Provides content to be included in ATNI newsletters.
  • Conducts ATNI and/or CASC-related research as time permits.

Qualifications Required (applicants will be assessed based upon these qualifications)

  • Master’s degree preferred, or bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience, in an area of science relevant to climate change and tribal issues, including the social sciences and public health;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience related to a) environmental sustainability, b) tribal traditional knowledge, and c) exposure of indigenous peoples to the impacts of climate change, adaptation, and interpretation of locally relevant research findings;
  • Incumbent understands tribal governments and communities, values, needs, Indigenous knowledges, and knowledge of tribal treaty rights and federal trust relations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and previous involvement in, issues that tribal communities in the Northwest are facing that could be addressed through research in climate change impacts;
  • Ability to assist in development and evaluation of research proposals, methods and outcomes;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, especially the ability to articulate relevant climate change-related issues and program products and concepts to American Indian communities and non-scientists generally;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team member;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, document, and manage multiple projects.
  • Native American hiring preference. ATNI preferentially hires citizens of federally-recognized Tribal Nations. 

This position reports to:  ATNI’s Senior Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

Duty location:  Flexible within the Pacific Northwest with possible locations including the Portland, OR, Spokane, WA, and Seattle WA areas

Salary: $43,683-68,290/year (location dependent and commensurate with experience)

Benefits: ATNI offers 80 hours of vacation and 40 hours of sick leave annually and has a 401k and health benefits program available.

Required application materials: Qualified candidates must submit cover letter that emphasizes any experience with Indigenous communities, climate impacts and/or resilience; résumé; unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.); salary history; and one example of writing skills (publications, reports, etc.).  Incomplete applications may be determined ineligible.

Application instructions: Initial review of applications will begin on September 16, 2022 and the position will be open until filled. All necessary materials must be e-mailed as a single pdf (if possible) to cjones@atnitribes.org.  Subject line should include: ‘Asst. Tribal Liaison Applicant’

For more information, contact

Chas Jones, PhD

ATNI Climate Resilience Program Director

(815) 456-4173


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)
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USDA Consultation on Consultations and Racial Equity

In March, the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) will be consulting on the 1) Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships, and the 2) Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government which specifically includes addressing impediments to accessing USDA programs and services. These two actions by President Biden can be found below. Each of the two consultations will cover both of these topics. We are also building in two hours before the consultation for tribal caucus. USDA staff will not participate in the tribal caucus as it is designed for tribal leaders and tribal organizations to have internal discussion.

To send written comments to be included in the consultation record, please send them to Tribal.Relations@usda.gov by 11:59 pm ET on March 22, 2021.


2022 Annual Conference Call For Artists

Apply by May 3, 2021

NICWA invites American Indian and Alaska Native artists to participate in our Call for Artists. NICWA is excited to once again provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents in support of our 2022 40th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference. Submissions are due May 3, 2021.

The National Park Service Submits Final National Historic Preservation Act Rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

On March 1, 2019, the National Park Service (NPS) proposed revisions to the regulations governing the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) that would affect the nomination process of properties eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. More recently, on October 8, 2020, NPS submitted the final rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 12866
There is still an opportunity to comment on the effects the Rule would have on the cultural heritage of your nation. To request an EO 12866 meeting with OIRA, click here
You may also request government-to-government consultation with OIRA pursuant to EO 13175. To request EO 13175 consultation send a letter via email to:
Paul J. Ray, AdministratorOffice of Information and Regulatory AffairsRegulatory Information Service Center (RISC)General Services Administration 1800 F Street, NWWashington, D.C. 20405oira_submission@omb.eop.govmatthew.p.oreska@omb.eop.gov
To view NCAI’s submitted comments in response to the proposed rule, please click here
To view NCAI’s July 2019 comments, please click here.
NCAI Contact Info: Darren Modzelewski, Policy Counseldmodzelewski@ncai.org

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Native American Veterans Memorial Webinar

November 4, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST 

On November 4, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR) will be hosting a webinar to discuss the history of the National Native American Veteran Memorial, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the memorial. Speakers will include Rebecca Trautmann, Alexandra Harris, and Betsy Gordon. 
If you have questions, or require special accommodations, please contact Pete Vicaire at peter.vicaire@va.gov.To register for the webinar, please click here.NCAI Contact: Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analystncourtney@ncai.org

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., keynote speaker at ATNI Winter Convention 2020

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, which represents tribes across seven states, adopted a resolution this week in support of a Cherokee Nation Delegatein Congress during its winter convention in Portland. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., who was a keynote speaker, thanked ATNI leadership for their efforts to uphold treaty rights for all Indian Nations. 

During the trip, Quinault President Fawn Sharp and Vice President Tyson Johnston also passed a resolution on behalf of the Quinault Nation unanimously supporting a Delegate to Congress. 

To date nine tribes and tribal organizations across the country have passed resolutions in support of a delegate. Chief Hoskin appointed a delegate to Congress, Kim Teehee, in August.

Thank you Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. for your remarks and taking time to visit the Northwest!
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