Dear UNAHA membership;
I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year! In the words of our dear friend “I greet each one of you with a warm handshake”. As we look to this new year it is with sincere hope that all of our challenges will be met head on and we will have the ability to persevere. I hope that this winter has not been too hard so far. Here in western Montana we have had a fair amount of cold weather and snow, and I am ready for warmer temperatures.
For those of you that were able to make it to Las Vegas in December I hope it was a successful and productive UNAHA meeting for you. We had a good turn out once all our membership made it to the meeting location. I want to apologize for the confusion on the meeting time, but it was good to see everyone. It seems that we continue to move forward without much information from Washington on the progress of our NAHASDA funding levels for FY 2018. With the changes in the funding formula, unfortunately, the UNAHA regions lose funding overall. A few tribes gain but a greater number of tribes see a funding decrease. The major change in the funding formula is the use of the American Community Survey (ACS) data from the US Census office. It is imperative for our membership to relate to your congressional representatives how these changes in the funding formula effects your housing program.
The UNAHA board and staff are putting together the details of the UNAHA annual meeting that will take place in Lakewood, Colorado on April 9 – 11, 2018. Please be on the look out for the hotel and meeting details soon. Once again, our annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the All-West 100 Native American Basketball Classic. This year will be the 33rd year of the Classic and we look forward to seeing you and your teams at the Classic. Please remind your coaches that we will be checking teams in on Thursday night April 5th and the Classic will start on the morning of April 6th. The Classic is capped at the first 100 teams to sign up so don’t miss out on getting your teams in this year’s tournament.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, your board members or your UNAHA staff.