Dear UNAHA Membership;
I hope you all had a good summer, it seems that I blinked, and it was over. The good news is that we have not had much forest fires here in western Montana, so our air is clean, and we can see the mountains.
For those of you that were able to join us in South Sioux City, Nebraska, we had a good summer meeting and the tribes in that area were gracious hosts. We had a good turn out for the meeting and we had a full agenda for the two and a half days that we were there. The tour of the Winnebago tribes’ housing and economic development projects on Monday night was very impressive. It is always good to get out and see the different programs and services that our member tribes offer to their tribal membership.
Regarding the business meeting we had a lot of good discussion on the current topics of the FY 2018 appropriations for our NAHASDA block grants and the additional funds that are yet to be made available under a NOFA and a competitive basis. We also discussed the new opportunity that is now being implemented for the Homeownership project to assist up to 10 of our members increase their capacity to offer homeownership. We were also able to give out the new Homeownership resource guide developed by the Center for Indian Country Development from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, one copy per UNAHA member. If you were not able to attend and you would like one of the resource guides, let us know and we will get one sent to you. Our UNAHA training committee was able to meet and go over where we are in the planning of our training offerings for the next year.
Please watch for your opportunity to comment on the HUD 184 regulations that are supposed to be out for comment this month. It is important to speak for your tribe regarding the importance of this program and it original intent for mortgages on trust land. Also, watch for NOFA for the additional $100 million that is supposed to be out by December, I am sure that the UNAHA regions alone could show the need for all the money.
Our next meeting will be in December in conjunction with the NAIHC legal symposium in Las Vegas, NV. Please watch for updates as they become available. I hope to see all of you in Las Vegas in December. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, your board members or your UNAHA staff.