September 19, 2017
Dear UNAHA Members;
It seems that our summer came and went way too fast. Here in Western Montana we had plenty of warm weather in June and July then the forest fires started. We had to deal with smoke for about a month then as fast as it started it ended as rain and snow has arrived. Anyway, I hope that you had a good summer.
I want to thank all of you that could make the trip to Polson in August for the UNAHA summer meeting. It was a pleasure and an honor to host this year’s summer meeting here on the Flathead Indian Reservation. If you were not able to attend, we had an unexpected visitor to this UNAHA meeting. About 11 days before the meeting we received word that HUD Secretary Ben Carson would be accompanying Deputy Assistant Secretary Heidi Frechette to the meeting. The Visit from Secretary Carson was a nice surprise and on the afternoon of August 21st he addressed the UNAHA membership with some encouraging words. Following the address to the UNAHA membership, the UNAHA board members were able to spend a few minutes to address a few issues directly with Secretary Carson. Your board members were able to talk specifically about NAHASDA funding levels and methamphetamine contamination.
We continue to watch what is happening in Washington DC in regard to NAHASDA funding for FY 2018. If you have not contacted your congressional delegation please do so and let them know that the President’s Budget Request for FY 2018 and the IHBG allocation estimates are very inadequate for us to continue our important work of providing affordable housing to our tribal members.
Plans are being finalized for our next UNAHA meeting that will be in Las Vegas in conjunction with NAIHC’s Legal symposium. Please watch your email for updates and announcements. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, your board members or our staff.