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Highlights of the 2016 UNAHA Meeting in Bismarck, ND
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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Dear UNAHA membership;

It is with great pleasure that I get to write to you and participate in the reestablishment of our UNAHA newsletter.  Over the 30+ year history of UNAHA there have been newsletters published and sent out to the membership.  Your Board members of UNAHA decided it was time to reinstitute a newsletter to allow our UNAHA members to share success stories and to inform the membership of projects and programs that are being created or used across the UNAHA regions.

Over the past five years of serving as your UNAHA President, it has been my pleasure to serve you and try to establish UNAHA as an organization that meets its member’s needs.  Your Board works tirelessly to serve and improve the housing conditions within our UNAHA regions.  UNAHA serves a large area and many diverse tribal nations.  It has been very educational to learn from each other about the struggles and efforts that are being carried out in the UNAHA regions.  

UNAHA exists to serve its members in various ways; your Board and staff reach out to our members to try to ascertain your local training and technical assistance needs; we work to create a unified and consistent message of our housing and infrastructure needs and to advocate that message on the local, regional and national levels; and we hope to become a center for information sharing and mentoring within our UNAHA membership. This newsletter will assist all of us in these areas.

We have worked hard to assemble an administrative staff that works hard to meet the identified needs of the membership.  Myrna and Bob continue to meet and exceed the level of work that they are asked to provide.  Now, with the addition of Charmel McClure Sternick, we are excited about what the future will bring.  So, enjoy the newsletter and let Charmel, Bob, Myrna, Sharon, Iva, Joey or I know your thoughts or ideas on what we should be sharing in the newsletter.

We had a very successful meeting in Bismarck and the Standing Rock Housing Authority and tribal leadership were great hosts for the tour, Thank you Brian and Chairman Archambault.  

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, your Board members or our staff.  Thank you and I hope to see all of you in Las Vegas at our next UNAHA meeting in December.  

Sincerely,

Jason Adams

UNAHA Leadership

UNAHA Chairman-Jason Adams
Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority
PO Box 38, Pablo, MT  59855
Phone: (406) 675-4491
Fax:  (406) 675-4495

 
UNAHA Vice Chair-Sharon Vogel
Cheyenne River Housing Authority
PO Box 480, Eagle Butte SD  57625
Phone: (605) 964-4265 ext. 132
Fax: (605) 964-1070

 
UNAHA Treasurer-Joey Nathan
Northern Ponca Housing Authority
1501 W Michigan Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone: (402) 379-8224
Fax:  (402)379-8557

  
UNAHA Secretary-Iva Grainger
Fort Peck Housing Authority
PO Box 667, Poplar MT 59255
Phone: (406) 768-3459  ext. 31

Administrative Directors
Gauthier Agency LLC
Bob & Myrna Gauthier

63316 US HWY 93
Ronan MT, 59864
Phone: 406 676-8445
Fax: 406 676-8444

32nd AMERIND All West Native American Basketball Classic

Set for April 6-9, 2017

The 32nd Annual AMERIND All West Native American Basketball Classic and Youth Weekend will be held the weekend of April 6-9, 2017 at the Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood, Colorado.  Registration will be Thursday evening, April 6.  Games will be played beginning Friday morning, April 7 and concluding with championships on Sunday afternoon, April 9.  Tournament activities will include special guest speakers, slam-dunk and three-point shooting contests, and specially discounted tickets to a Denver Nuggets game during the weekend.

This year, UNAHA and All West are pleased to announce a new sponsor/supporter, the Nike N7 Foundation.  After conference calls and face-to-face meetings at the Nike headquarters in Oregon, Bill Hanzlik (CEO of the Gold Crown Foundation) and the UNAHA Board received a confirmation from N7 Board Chair, Sam McCracken (Ft. Peck), that the N7 Foundation, which focuses on Native American youth sports, would join UNAHA, AMERIND, the Gold Crown Foundation, and the Denver Nuggets as a primary supporter and sponsor of the event!

The All West Classic has also maintained a FaceBook group page for the past year. The FB group page hit 500 members this week and has become a good location for regional teams, recruiters, and coaches to find information about the Classic, the Ulmer Scholarship, and other tournaments and scholarships that are available to All West players.  And, of course, we love to post pictures of all the great participants and winners there as well!  Find and join the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/460282234125176/

News from NPONAP...

ONAP Program Guidance for completing the quarterly Federal Financial Report (SF-425) for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program, No. 2014-07, should be referenced when preparing each quarterly report.  As a reminder these reports should present information on program income earned and expended.  If a Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) or tribe is approved for investments, it must report all funds invested on the SF-425 per the instructions in the program guidance.  NPONAP will continue to provide quarterly training on this report for the IHBG program to all grantees.  As a reminder, all Public/Indian Housing Notices and NAHASDA Program Guidance are posted on Codetalk.

NPONAP continues to provide training and technical assistance through cooperative agreements to all IHBG recipients.  Training and technical assistance may be provided to small or large groups.  Most topics related to Indian housing may be addressed through this training and technical assistance including, but not limited to: Indian housing plans/annual performance reports; environmental reviews; board of commissioners; financial and fiscal management; NAHASDA essentials; procurement; construction; tax credits; Title VI; program income; homebuyer education; and audit reporting.  Requests for training and technical assistance should be sent to Ms. Katie Starcevich at Katie.e.starcevich@hud.gov or by phone at (303) 672-5147.

Upcoming Due Dates

  • Quarterly Federal Financial Report (SF-425) are due for all programs 10/30/2016

  • Annual Performance Reports for grantees with a program year end of 6/30 are due 9/28/2016

  • Indian Housing Plans for grantees with a program year end of 12/31 are due 10/18/16

  • Audits for grantees with a program year end of 12/31 are due 9/30/16

  • Annual Status and Evaluation Reports for ICDBG, Imminent Threat, and Mold grants are due 11/15/16

NPONAP would like to introduce its newest staff members

Mr. Brian Fredericks moved to Denver, Colorado to join the NPONAP team as the Grants Evaluation Program Assistant.  He was born in Michigan and grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Mr. Fredericks spent four years in the United States Navy before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University.  He worked as a seasonal archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Gunnison, Colorado and Moab, Utah.  He worked as a full-time archaeologist in Rawlings, Wyoming and most recently as the Cultural Program Manager with the BLM in Alamosa, Colorado.

Mrs. Amber Hunter joins the NPONAP as a Grants Evaluation Specialist.  Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Hunter worked as an attorney and management consultant for tribal housing programs.  She is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Ms. Katie Starcevich has transferred from the Grants Management Division to the Administrator’s Office and will serve as the Administrator Advisor.  In her new position, Ms. Starcevich will continue to support the special initiatives of the Northern Plains tribes.



Member Services: Communication is Key
 
Last month, I had the opportunity to introduce myself to many of you while conducting the UNAHA Member Survey. I appreciate your time and feedback and plan to use the information gathered to help strengthen the relationship between UNAHA and each organization. Each Housing Authority faces different obstacles and is dealing with their own issues but the main takeaway is that we all share the same goals and want each other to succeed. 

Communication between organizations is key to providing the community support we aim to provide. One way we can encourage better communication is through social media. UNAHA now has a Facebook page and we hope that this addition will make it easier to stay up-to-date on issues that you might not seek out intentionally. It will be updated with relevant articles, information regarding upcoming meetings and links that you might find useful.

Another way we hope to encourage communication is with the addition of an online discussion board linked directly to our website unaha.org. The new forum will allow members to post questions or ideas and encourage feedback from other organization that might have experience with these issues. Topics can range anywhere from maintenance issues to support for new Executive Directors. Please take a minute to visit the discussion board and participate in the introductory conversation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments or if you have input about what you would like to see on Facebook or in the quarterly newsletter. I hope you find these new features useful and thank you all again for taking the time to participate in our survey.

Charmel McClure-Sternick
Membership Relationship Manager
Report from Eastern Shoshone Housing Authority, Executive Director Joe Sazue Regarding ESHA first LIHTC project: 
Tigee Village

20 units built on existing foundations and infrastructure with a community center in the middle.  Project $5 million, started in October 2015 and completed September 2016. It has solar and geo thermal in community center.  40% AMI families 12 - 3br units 4 2br 4 1br units.  All occupied September 1, 2016. Successful project and good learning experience.  

ESHA staff & Board would like to give thanks to: Eastern Shoshone Business Council, Travois, Arron Swans A&E firm, Bob Gaunthier, Bill Neblink, HUD Denver ONAP staff, RBC, Medvolt, & Wyoming WCDA for help and support.

Highlights of the 2016 UNAHA Meeting in Bismarck, ND
Administrators Bob and Myrna Gauthier

August 2016

I hope everyone that was able to attend the Bismarck meeting earlier this month made it home in good shape.  From my point of view, it was one of the best Indian Housing gatherings I have attended in many years!  To have the HUD Secretary, Principle Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary and a good contingent of Denver ONAP staff present to discuss our home ownership challenges was historic!

I would offer a thank you to Paul Iron Cloud, Jim Wagenlander, our friends at Standing Rock and Senator HeitKamp and her staff for promoting the gathering.  What really impressed me was that HUD’s second in command, Lourdes Castro Ramirez, and Heidi Frechette, the newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs, spent two full days carefully listening to all of the presentations, (and great panels they were) attending the field trip to Standing Rock and giving us feedback that proved their commitment to helping the tribes they serve.  I hope we get to continue to work with Ms. Castro Ramirez past this year.  Fall elections will determine her future.  She sure is a breath of fresh air!  I am also encouraged by the remarks of the new Deputy, Ms. Frechette provided at the conference and individually.  She is well qualified for her new position and I believe she is poised to really listen to our concerns and be the partner we need in Washington DC.  

For those of you that did not make meeting, you missed a really outstanding gathering and a memorable visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes headquarters, several housing areas and their beautiful Prairie Knights Casino.  What an event they planned for us!  Again, fabulous food, a genuine welcome from Tribal Officials and an inspirational youth dance presentation!  Thank you to all of the folks at Standing Rock that worked so hard to make the field trip so memorable.  This is the fourth year we have visited one of our members and it is becoming one of my favorite activities of UNAHA.  Every year, beginning with Northern Cheyenne in 2013, then Utah Paiute in 2014, Wind River in 2015 the welcome and pride and spirit of our members comes through.  I am also always amazed with the outstanding food!  Huckleberry gravy at Wind River (unbelievable) to Northern Cheyenne stew, and the fry bread at Utah Paiute!  Wow, every year is memorable.  This year was not different.  

It is always good to, to see the hard work our members are involved with.  It inspires me to see the pride and quality housing our tribes are building without adequate funding.  My hats off to the folks at Standing Rock.

We had 20 members present at the UNAHA meeting. We had a good discussion regarding many issues.  The primary action from the meeting was passage of a resolution to request Congress consideration of a significant appropriation to assist tribes with the current methamphetamine crisis.

It was reported that Turtle Mountain is now an approved “Promise Zone” which is good news.  It will allow the good work taking place there to receive priority and special federal consideration in the application of funds and coordination of programs.  Congratulations to them.  We also reported to the membership that UNAHA had successfully submitted an application to receive HUD Training and Technical Assistance funding to provide assistance to our members.  If successful, it will authorize $450,000 of funding to be requested through HUD and provided by UNAHA.  It looks like a lot of good things are going on in Indian housing.

Tribal Chairman's demonstration house
Lourdes Castro Ramirez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing addresses questions from Standing Rock Tribal Council Quarters during field trip of the Standing Rock Reservation
Standing Rock Youth Shawl Dancers and Fancy Dancers perform during dinner reception provided by Standing Rock Housing Authority and Prairie Knights Casino
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