November 18, 2016
All UNAHA Members,
I hope this greeting finds you in good health and with plans to spend the upcoming Holiday Season close to your family.
As you know, the membership voted in the spring to expand UNAHA services, seek 501 (c) (3) status and to seek new grant and foundation funding to expand the services we provide to our membership. I am pleased to let you know, we have accomplished that. With the outcome of the recent Presidential election, it is quite clear that we need continue to build capacity within our members and put ourselves in a position to respond to whatever changes the new political climate may bring.
The most urgent and likely the most critical issue is the vulnerability of the NAHASDA funding. Indian leaders have been unsuccessful over the past couple of years in reauthorizing our primary funding source. I need to tell you, I am concerned with the exposure of this vital funding. It is time for each of you to talk to your elected tribal leaders about attending the Legislative Conference planned by NAIHC in Washington, DC in February. We will be sending out notices soon, or you can visit the NAIHC website.
As you know, Indian housing is grossly underfunded while demand is increasing. In addition to stagnant HUD funding for NAHASDA, tribes have had little success accessing other federal funding such as USDA Rural Housing Services. Your UNAHA officers are aware of these challenges and we are holding a retreat on November 21st to put a strategy together that will help you, our members, meet those challenges. We will report to you at our December 5th UNAHA meeting in conjunction with the NAIHC Legal Symposium in Las Vegas.
If you have any questions, please give me a call at 406-675-4491.
Jason Adams, Chairman