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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:

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. 

COVID-19 Regional Tribal Town Hall Convenings

In December 2020, NCAI President Fawn Sharp created the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force (Task Force) to address: (1) tribal COVID-19 relief needs; (2) tribal COVID-19 recovery needs; and (3) the chronic conditions that created the public health and economic circumstances making Tribal Nations and citizens vulnerable to this crisis. This Task Force is chaired by Chairman Larry Wright of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. 

It is important that the Task Force and its members hear from all Tribal Nations on how COVID-19 has impacted their communities and the needs tribal leaders have to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, NCAI and partner organizations have scheduled the following regional online convenings to gather tribal leader input in a town hall setting. During these meetings, tribal leaders will be asked to share the resources they require to address immediate COVID-19 relief and recovery; the status of vaccine distribution within their Tribal Nation; and other related items in response of the COVID-19 pandemic and new administration. 

We encourage tribal leaders to sign up for their respected regional convening listed below. Additional details will be released soon. 

*Please note that Daylight Saving Time begins on March 14, 2021, remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

Northwest Regional Convening Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET (3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT)
This convening is being co-hosted with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

NCAI Briefing – U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation on Disclosure Avoidance System

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center is hosting the second of two briefing webinars for Tribal leaders and their technical staff in preparation for the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar on the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System. The Tribal Consultation Webinar will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EST. 

The information about attending the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar is located here. The U.S. Census Bureau also lists discussion questions and requests input on a few questions.

The Disclosure Avoidance System includes the statistical methods the U.S. Census Bureau is using to protect the confidentiality of individual response data in the 2020 Census. The statistical methods are complicated, but information released to date, including demonstration data, reveal that there may be adverse impacts on 2020 Census data for Tribal Nations, especially those that are small, rural, or remote. The U.S. Census Bureau needs to hear how Tribal Nations use census data as they try to optimize the quality and usability of the 2020 Census data.

In order to help preparation for the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar, the NCAI Policy Research Center will host a second briefing webinar on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST. During the webinar, we will provide a short presentation summarizing the issues related to the Disclosure Avoidance System and its potential impact on 2020 Census data for Tribal Nations, and then we will leave plenty of time for questions. 

To view our briefing materials and resources on this topic from the past two years, go to our research recommendations website. These resources include research policy briefs, letters, the NCAI resolution on this topic, and videos of webinars organized by year.

To register for the briefing webinar, click on the link below:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2349402774269418255

We hope you can join us for this briefing webinar on this important topic to help you prepare to make comments at the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Questions? Email research@ncai.org

Apply for NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country

With the generous support of our donors, NCAI is providing financial relief support to tribal nations affected by COVID-19 through NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country. If you are a tribal nation, tribal nursing home, Tribal College or University or Native serving non-profit in need, you may access information about applying for financial support under the “Get Involved” tab on our website.  
Through our COVID-19 Relief Fund, we have awarded 41 tribal nations, 12 Native non-profits, one tribal college, and nine tribal nursing homes thus far.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling deadline until available funds are exhausted. Applications guidelines are located here.
NCAI Contact: Keona Royal, Membership Coordinator, kroyal@NCAI.org

NCAI’s Disaster Preparedness Grant Funding Opportunity for Tribal Nations

Over the past several years, natural disasters have become more frequent in Indian Country. Tribal nations and their citizens have endured tremendous loss of life, livelihood, property, and resources. Unlike states, tribal nations have no consistent grant program that provides each tribal nation with much-needed emergency management capacity building funds.
The NCAI Disaster Preparedness Grants are shaped to flexibly cover the needs of tribal nations and/or tribal citizens (who live near their nations) as they prepare for future natural disasters such as: tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, severe storms, severe winds, blizzards, and more. 
Individual grant awards will be capped at $10,000. This grant program will conclude once the $185,000 has been fully obligated or no later than November 30, 2020. Please click hereto access the application. 
NCAI Contact: Keona Royal, Membership Coordinator, kroyal@NCAI.org