Looking forward to the UNAHA Summer Meeting
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May 30, 2017

Dear UNAHA membership;

I hope that you are having a nice spring and enjoying the warmer weather.  Here in western Montana we are having a nice spring with plenty of sunshine.

I continue to watch the activities taking place in Washington DC as our senators and congressman finally set our funding levels for NAHASDA for FY 2017.  As I am sure you are aware the initial estimates sent out from HUD was at an estimated funding level of $700 million for the national appropriation for NAHASDA.  The continuing resolution that was approved for the FY 2017 NAHASDA funding level was $650 million, so you will need to be aware that your final figures with be less than the estimates.  With the funding level for NAHASDA being flat lined again, that is over 17 years that we have had to deal with trying to operate and maintain our housing programs with the same funding levels.  As many of you are well aware nothing costs the same today that it did 17 years ago.  We need to continue to fight and help our elected officials know the effect of flat lined funding.

Then, when you think things cannot get any worse for our NAHASDA funding levels we get a look at the President’s Budget Request for FY 2018.  It is hard to fathom how this administration would propose to decrease funding for NAHASDA and zero out funding for ICDBG but that is what is being proposed.  It is time for you to be calling your senators and congressman and letting them know that a decrease of $50 million in the President’s Budget Request for FY 2018 for NAHASDA and zero funding for ICDBG is unacceptable.  We must make our voices heard and not allow this request to become reality.  

Moving to a more positive note, the 32nd Annual All-West Native American 100 Basketball Classic was a huge success.  It was good to hear that most of the awards given out from this year’s 102 team tournament went to teams from the UNAHA region.  The committee that works all year long to put the tournament together needs to be commended for another successful tournament, thank you Dave, Dom, Mike and Pat.

The UNAHA summer meeting has been set, please make your travel arrangements soon and plan to come and enjoy the August weather and beauty of the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Our summer meeting will be August 21, 22 and one half day on 23, 2017 in Polson, MT at the KwaTaqNuk Resort on Flathead Lake.  I hope to see many of you here as you come to visit the home of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, your board members or our staff. 

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

August 20 - 23, 2017

Flathead Indian Reservation (Hosted by Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority)

KwaTaqNuk Resort (Owned by Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribe) On Flathead Lake:
49708 US Hwy 93
Polson, Montana  59860

Call 800-882-6363 or 406-883-3636 and tell front desk it is a UNITED NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING ASSOCIATION reservation.

$136.90 Double Queen, City side (1-4 persons)
$156.99 Double Queen, Lake View (1-4 persons)
$156.99 King Lake side (1-2 persons)

Cut Off: Rooms need to be reserved by August 04, 2017 to assure rate.  

This is a busy time in Polson.  Please don’t wait to make room reservations!  This is a very nice facility on Flathead Lake with Casino, Restaurant and bar. I have attached other hotels in area.  Some are cheaper but are not on the Lake.

This should be a good family trip with A Lake Cruise planned as well as out UNAHA summer meeting on Monday August 21st.  Glacier National Park is an hour North and National Bison Range is 30 Minutes South.  We will have our Summer UNAHA meeting on Monday August 21st. HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary Heidi Frechette will be in attendance as well as other key speakers.  

We will have a detailed meeting and activity agenda soon that will be emailed out and posted on the website and on Facebook.  Plan to come now!

Questions?  Call Bob or Myrna at 406-676-8445

Port Polson Inn (406) 883-5385 (across street from KwaTaqNuk)
Bayview Inn (406) 883-3120
Best Western KwaTaqNuk (406) 883-3636 (UNAHA Host)
Ninepipes Lodge (406) 644-2588 (30 minutes from Hotel)
Flathead Lake Inn (406) 883-6366
Red Lion Ridgewater (406) 872-2200 (New)
Starlite Motel – Ronan (406) 676-7000 (15 miles from Polson)
Sunset Motel – St. Ignatius (406) 745-3900 (27 miles from Polson)

KOA Polson (406) 883-2151
Eagle Nest RV (406) 883-5904
Diamond S RV Park – Ronan (406) 676-2267 (15 miles from Polson)

Bigfork Montana is 30 miles north of Polson and Kalispell is 50 miles north.

NOTE: This is one of the busiest times of the year on Flathead Lake and most of the motels fill up before summer gets in full swing.  

Message from Bob Gauthier: 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I wanted to thank each of you that participated in the annual meeting and Methamphetamine summit held in Denver last month. We had a tremendous turn out for the annual All-West tournament, annual meeting and banquet, and the two day training.  Presentations from the Meth Summit are on our web site:

We are planning for an exciting and informative summer meeting on Flathead Lake in Montana.  Chairman Adams and his staff are hosting a two and one half day meeting at the Tribe’s Resort on the Lake.  Please make you reservations today at KwaTaqNuk  resort and Casino. Myrna sent out a meeting notice for the host hotel and other area hotels. The dates are August 20-23. We will be soon sending out a detailed agenda.  Deputy Assistant Secretary Heidi Frechette will be in attendance as well as other invited speakers. It is an important time for Indian Housing.  Please plan to attend.  We are currently finishing plans for training but will have at least one half day as a follow up to the Meth Training in Denver.

We are getting very close to accepting and assigning Training Assignments through the HUD Community Compass training grant.  We plan to present the process at the Polson Montana meeting in August.  It has been quite a process to get the systems up to speed and ready to go.

Bob and Myrna

Denver, CO Meeting - STAR Quilt presented by Jeannie Caldwell and Lower Brule Housing for Oglala Sioux Housing to hang in honor of Paul Iron Cloud
Denver, CO Meeting - James Emery, Director of Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Housing receiving plaque in honor of Jack Sawyers from NPONAP (Randy Akers, Amber Hunter and Lori Roget)

NPONAP Updates:

On April 11-12, the Northern Plains Office of Native American Programs supported the United Native American Housing Association (UNAHA)’s Methamphetamine Summit.  Approximately 130 people attended the two-day summit including tribal leaders; Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) Directors, Board members, and staff members; and federal, state, and local partners.  In Indian Country there is a prevalence of meth in fifty to eighty percent (50% - 80%) of assisted housing stock.  The issue is overwhelming the operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation budgets of the TDHEs.  There is not a standard or universal “safe” level of meth occurring in a unit; however, many states have set levels that apply within the states and some tribes have chosen to adopt these standards.  The tribes and TDHEs are looking to the federal government to set universal standards, like lead and RADON levels, which may be applied to all assisted housing units and public buildings.  Presenters at the summit held discussions about the levels of meth in housing units; TDHEs discussed polices to counter the effects of meth use in the housing units; and personal stories of drug and alcohol abuse survivors were shared. 
During the conference, Bob mentioned UNAHA would pull together a conference call to discuss possible follow-up actions by the various stakeholders.  NPONAP intends to support the follow-up actions where appropriate and if feasible.  However, at this time, we do not have any specific follow-up actions to provide.

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