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First Nations Development Institute Awarded $700,000 HUD Training & Technical Assistance Agreement

LONGMONT, Colorado (June 24, 2014) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has received a $700,000 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) that benefits American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal members, the Department of Native Hawaiian Home Lands, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American organizations.

First Nations will work with tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (and sub-recipients) that are eligible to receive an Indian Housing Block Grant pursuant to the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).

First Nations will offer tuition-free training and technical assistance opportunities for tribal housing entities on a number of subjects that are pertinent to the overall management of tribal housing programs based on a demand-response process requested through the HUD ONAP.   Technical assistance and training will cover a wide range of topics that are essential to helping tribal housing programs function.  Examples of some common types of training and technical assistance that can be provided are financial and fiscal management, governance (board of governors, board of commissions) and organizational development, construction, environmental review, procurement, self-monitoring, audit preparation, program income, homebuyer education, youth activities, and other issues in Native communities.

To learn more about the HUD ONAP funding programs, ONAP’s mission, staff directory or Tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) Directory, training or brochures, visit www.hud.gov/codetalk.

About First Nations Development Institute

For nearly 34 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities.  First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.

Montoya Whiteman, First Nations Senior Program Officer
(303) 774-7836 or mwhiteman@firstnations.org

Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
(303) 774-7836 or rblauvelt@firstnations.org


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