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July 2019 Newsletter

TFMC Recap
Fifty-two graduates successfully completed the Summer 2019 Tribal Financial Manager Certificate (TFMC) program.
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AIPI Attends FCC Listening Session at the Chickasaw Nation
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The American Indian Policy Institute is proud to announce that 52 graduates successfully completed the Summer 2019 Tribal Financial Manager Certificate (TFMC) program. The program is tailored to provide the most up-to-date information to Tribal financial management professionals and builds on core competencies of finance industry best practices to expand their specialty skillset.
“I think it’s been very helpful in explaining Tribal financial management, especially some of the nuances that occur with Tribal organizations or governments,” said TFMC participant Jena Pry.
The program supports Indian Country by infusing Tribes with executive level finance expertise, thus enhancing their ability to master government financial standards.
“I have pages and pages of notes that I cannot wait to take back to my council,” said TFMC participant Josie Lewis. “I’ve learned a lot – things that I want to research more when I get back [to work].”
This is the 10th year that AIPI has hosted the TFMC program, and it has become the premier finance training program in Indian Country. More than 1,000 graduates have successfully completed TFMC. Over the years, the program has hosted participants from hundreds of different Tribal affiliations. 
“You get to network. That’s very valuable. It’s wonderful to meet folks that you can later [call] if you have a question or you can shoot them an email and ask, ‘What are you doing at your Tribe with this?’” said Jean Swift (Mashantucket Pequot Nation), one of the TFMC instructors.
The Summer 2019 program ran from June 11–13. The TFMC is hosted by AIPI in collaboration with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), and Thunderbird School of Global Management. The partnership is illustrative of ASU’s innovative model of executive education.
“The combined alliance that they’ve formed to bring the TFMC is significant because it’s bringing so many different Tribes together and whenever Tribes work together, there’s definitely strength in their unity,” said Swift.

The Winter 2019 TFMC program will be hosted on December 10-12, 2019. Registration will open in August.  For more information visit our website at

AIPI Attends FCC Listening Session at the Chickasaw Nation

On June 12-13, 2019, AIPI staff including Dr. Traci Morris and Brian Howard attended a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) workshop for Tribal governments, Tribal employees, and Tribal members.  This robust two-day event hosted by the Chickasaw Nation was designed to provide information for Tribal Nations and others to identify and evaluate opportunities to develop more robust broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast infrastructure and services in Tribal communities.  

FCC staff provided presentations on a broad range of important programs and policies that support the deployment of communications infrastructure and services in Tribal communities that supports Tribal economic development, Tribal schools and libraries, low-income families, and health care clinics, as well as Tribal radio stations, public safety departments, and Tribal government administration.  Representatives of the US Department of Agriculture shared information on the relevant programs they manage. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) provided hands-on training on the application process for the FCC’s E-rate Program, which provides discounts to qualifying schools and libraries for broadband equipment and services.

In an example of excellence, the Chickasaw Nation's Trace Fiber Networks Company presented an overview of a robust fiber network being installed that will connect a ring around Chickasaw Nation locations throughout Oklahoma.  Additional workshops included information on the Universal Service Fund programs, the related Tribal engagement obligation for high-cost fund recipients, and an open discussion with Tribal leaders and officials sharing their experiences with broadband deployment.  The workshop also provided significant information on new spectrum opportunities the FCC is considering that may promote expanded broadband access on Tribal lands.  Finally, the workshop included presentations on the Commission’s Tribal radio priority, as well as on public safety issues of concern to Tribal Nations.

Calendar of Events

July 2019

Tribal Interior Budget Council | July 31-August 2, 2019| Fairbanks, AK

August 2019

2019 National Intertribal Tax Alliance | August 13 - 15, 2019 | Santa Fe, NM

We Are The Seeds | August 15-16, 2019 | Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Indian Market - SWAIA | August 17 - 18, 2019 | Santa Fe, NM

September 2019

Self-Governance Communication & Education Strategic Planning Session | September 9 - 11, 2019 | Maricopa, AZ

NCAI Tribal Unity Impact Days | September 10 - 11, 2019 | Washington DC

21st Annual American Indian Tourism Conference | September 16 - 18, 2019 | Tulsa, OK


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