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Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting discusses grant writing, services BPC offers, and how to get grants. She suggests diversifying your services, and communicating them well. Visit her website for a list of grants available for for-profit businesses.

Grants and Loans for Businesses through Non-Profits

Federal Funding Sources for Entrepreneurs

Wisconsin State Sources of Funding for Entrepreneurs

American Indian Business Resources

Training Opportunity for Native American Veteran Entrepreneurs

nativelearningcenter-logoNew training offered by The Native Learning Center.

Native American Veteran Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Patti Mitchell, Training Development Specialist and Nathan Harris, Curriculum Design & Training Specialist for the Native Learning Center
Date: January 27, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
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This course will discuss the importance of Native American Veteran entrepreneurs. There are many programs available to veterans from government and non-profit agencies that are designed to help create small businesses. We will discuss these programs and look at franchising opportunities as well. Native American Veteran entrepreneurship is an important part of community development in Native communities.

Training Objectives:
• Discuss entrepreneurship opportunities for Native American Veterans;
• Review programs that are available to help open small businesses;
• Breakdown private a public organization designed to assist the Native American Veterans;
• Review the importance of entrepreneurship and community development.

Upcoming January Webinars

Creating a Social Media Strategy for your Housing Department in 5 Simple Steps
Instructor: Marie Dufour-Bonville, Director of Training & Technical Services and Christina Gonzalez, Marketing Coordinator for the Native Learning Center
Date: January 28, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
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Training Objectives:
• Research and listen — find out what people are already saying about your organization and learn what they want;
• How to define your social media goals — 9 considerations;
• Resources for running social media — how to find the right people;
• Define your platform — what’s best for your organization;
• Plan to measure your success — tips on monitoring your social media plan.

For more information please visit:

About Native Learning Center

The Native Learning Center is a Model Program supported by the Indian Housing Block Grant awarded by the Office of Native American Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The opinions contained in education, training and technical assistance sessions are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Native Learning Center, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Office of Native American Programs, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. References to specific agencies, organizations, firms, products, services, processes and procedures should not be considered an endorsement by the listed entities. Rather, the references are informational and illustrations to supplement discussions of the issues.

Find Out The Dos and Don’ts of Local Entrepreneurship Promotion in the September 2015 Entrepreneurship Policy Digest.


Small businesses and large companies are vital economic players. But the principal sources of innovation and job creation are new, young, and growing companies. Entrepreneurs and the companies they start are responsible for nearly all of the net new job creation in the U.S. economy. Research suggests that policymakers seeking to promote entrepreneurship in their city or state turn from past strategies and embrace a new approach that puts entrepreneurs at the center.

Read the full September 2015 Entrepreneurship Policy Digest here:

NEW: Fund Raising Training & Technical Assistance Services: INTERACTIVE & CUSTOMIZED


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UW-Madison Is Announcing New Arts Venture Challenge Call for Submissions

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Calling All Entrepreneurs!

Consider submitting your great idea to the New Arts Venture Challenge.


The UW–Madison New Arts Venture Challenge is a campus-wide competition encouraging new thinking and innovative ideas. Entrants will develop and submit a thorough proposal for an arts event, exhibition, series, commercial venture, or other artistic projects.

Proposals should demonstrate creativity, innovation, added value to the arts, and potential for success. After the top four finalists are selected, they will present their projects to a panel of judges. The first prize award is $2,000 and $500 for second prize (up to three awards for second). The deadline is April 14, 2015. You can find out more about the application process on our website.



Tribal Funding Sources


  1. Tribal:
    1. Community-Scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country Grant Program,

i.      Offers financial and technical assistance to Indian Tribes for the evaluation and development of renewable energy resources and implementation of energy efficiency on tribal lands. Since 2002, the Tribal Energy Program has invested $48.1 million in 175 tribal energy projects across the Nation.

  1. First American Capital Corporations Revolving Loan Fund,

i.      The criteria for funding projects and providing a loan will be based on the merit of the proposed project, financial need of the applicant, availability of funds and ability to meet FACC’s program guidelines. FACC has a limited amount of funds to lend and therefore the staff has to underwrite the loans that create the most impact, both economically and socially.





  1. GLITC Economic Development Administration Business Loans,

i.      GLITC’s EDA program assists tribes in planning and implementing economic development strategies derived from their own comprehensive development planning. The GLITC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is approved by the Board of directors, consisting of priorities for development planning activity into which tribal public works projects can fall. EDA provides funds for public works projects that aid or enhance private economic development.

  1. Menominee Revolving Loan Fund,

i.      Provides a means for eligible applicants to obtain financing for business purposes.

  1. NiiJii Capital Partners Inc. Business Loans,

i.      Four different types of loans are offered by NiiCAP: 1. Super Micro Loan: Under $2,000. Loans in this category require minimal documentation; 2. Micro Loans: $2,000 – $50,000. Loans in this category – (The majority of NiiCaP’s lending activity) fall within this area, and requires projections, market analysis and a business plan; 3. Small Business Loans – Greater than $50,000. Loans in this category require more extensive financial information; 4. Community Organization Loans: These loans are strictly for not-for-profit (501c3) organizations.

Federal Funding Sources for Entrepreneurs

  1.  Federal:
    1. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Business Funding,

i.      Provides up to $1,050,000 in funding to small business firms and partners for the research and development (R&D) of commercially viable education technology products.

  1. The program accepts proposals through many different tracks:
    1. Agriculture,
    2. Defense,
    3. Education,
    4. Energy,
    5. Health & Human Services,
    6. Homeland Security,
    7. Science & Technology,
    8. Transportation,
  2. SBA Small Business Loans,

i.      The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a number of financial assistance programs designed to meet the needs of small businesses. SBA does not make direct loans to small businesses. Rather, SBA sets the guidelines for loans, and the loans are then made by its partners (lenders, community development organizations and micro lending institutions). The SBA guarantees that these loans will be repaid, thus eliminating some of the risk to the lending partners.

2014 ANA Panel Review Recruitment

ANA is currently in the process of organizing the 2014 Objective Panel Review.  Please visit the ANA Panel Review webpage ANA Panel Review webpage for more information and directions on how to apply to be an ANA reviewer.

You will be notified when ANA receives the form and if any additional information is required.  ANA plans to identify a pool of potential facilitators and reviewers selected by April 1, 2014.  If selected for the potential pool of panel participants, you will be required to participate in training in order to be assigned to a panel review session.

ANA plans to hold Panel Review during the last week of April through the month of May.  Listed below are thetentative dates and are subject to change.

Session 1: Native Languages: Esther Martinez Initiative (EMI) and Preservation and Maintenance (P&M), Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE)

Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 9, 2014

Session 2: Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)

Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 23, 2014

The FY 2014 Administration for Children & Families (ACF) Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are now published. See a full list of the FOAs, including information on how to apply. The application period will close on April 15, 2014.

ANA’s FOAs are in the following areas:

  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance
  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
  • Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE)

ANA project funding is available in short-term development of 12, 24, and 36 months. All ANA community projects must be completed by the end of the project period or supported by alternative funds. Pre-application trainings are taking place soon. Please go to your region’s website for training and technical assistance information about project and proposal development and project implementation at no cost to you.


ACF Releases Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web Page

As part of President Obama’s Early Education Plan, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support States and communities in expanding high-quality early learning to infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start (EHS) grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet EHS Program Performance Standards and to provide comprehensive, full-day, full-year, high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.

ACF has launched an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page. The launch includes the following resources:

Please continue to check back with this site regularly, as ACF will update this page with new resources as they are developed.

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page is now published:

Revision of Agency Information Collection for Public Law 102-477

Attached is the corrected Federal Register Notice–Tribal Consultation meeting for Revision of Agency Information Collection for Reporting Systems for Public Law 102-477 Demonstration Project.  The date of the consultation was corrected.

Copies of the draft forms can be viewed at:

ACA Update

What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act Exemption

as an American Indian/Alaskan Native!

Under the Affordable Care Act, every individual needs to have health coverage or make a payment on their federal income tax return known as the “shared responsibility payment”.

However, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and other people who are eligible for services through the Indian Health Service, tribal programs, or urban Indian programs (like the spouse or child of an eligible AI/AN) don’t have to pay the “shared responsibility payment”. This is called an exemption.

If you have health insurance through your employer or have health care through a government sponsored program such as Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Veterans Affairs or TRICARE, there is nothing you need to do—you are covered.

How does the exemption work for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs)?

Members of federally recognized tribes may apply for an exemption through the Marketplace or handle it on their federal tax return for the 2014 year in when they file in 2015. A copy of the Marketplace form can be accessed at

AI/ANs who aren’t members of federally recognized tribes, but who are eligible for services from the Indian Health Service, tribal programs, or urban Indian programs (known as I/T/Us), must apply for an exemption through theMarketplace. They’ll need to verify their AI/AN status or eligibility for services through an I/T/U.

Please note, you may use one application per tax household when you apply for the exemption.

What you will need to apply for exemption:

·         Documents showing tribal membership or eligibility for services from the Indian Health Service, a tribal health care provider, or an urban Indian health care provider (I/T/Us).

·      Social Security numbers (SSNs), if you have them.

·      Information about people in your tax household.

If you get this exemption:

·      You will receive an Exemption Certificate Number that you’ll put on your federal income tax return.

·      You can keep the Exemption Certificate Number for future years without submitting another application if your membership or eligibility for services from an Indian health care provider remains unchanged.

Where can you get help with the application?

·      Online at:

·      By phone: Call the Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.

·      In person: There may be counselors in your area who can help. Visit or call 1-800-318-2596 for more information.

Being exempt from the “shared responsibility payment” doesn’t prevent you from enrolling in a Marketplace health plan, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These options are still available to you. You might qualify for certain protections under Medicaid or CHIP, or for lower costs on monthly premiums and no out-of-pocket costs on private insurance through the Marketplace. For more information on this, please visit


Conferences Update


Second International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages
March 7-8, 2014 ♦ Los Angeles, CA

CAL is a proud sponsor of this conference focusing on heritage/community language studies as a multi-disciplinary field. Browse our list of presentations online. Learn more about the conference.

Tribal Energy Program Review

March 24-28

Denver, CO

Recognizing tribes’ increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, this annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, and to share in each other’s successes. This unique forum provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country, and includes an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Attendees will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students. For more info.,  Registration is FREE:   Register now.


One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage Festival Photo Gallery

In celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 21, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has posted a new “Festival Photo Gallery” showcasing the many cultural experts who so generously shared their language revitalization efforts and cultural traditions as part of the One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Visit the Festival Photo Galleries at and explore the many other resources featured on the One World, Many Voices website at

The Smithsonian extends our sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make the One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program possible through their invaluable support, advice, assistance, participation, and research.

Navajo Language Films by Melissa Henry

Trailer for Horse You See (2012) by 2014 NACF Film Fellow Melissa Henry (Navajo)

One of the innovative artists working to ensure future generations of children speak Dinétah, is Navajo filmmaker Melissa Henry (2014 NACF Film Fellow).

With the support of a 2014 NACF Film Fellowship, Henry will complete the third in a trilogy, by making the film “A History of Navajo Wool: As Told by Baa Baa.”

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Featured Publications


Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 5th Edition
The fifth edition of this bestselling book from Multilingual Matters provides a comprehensive introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a compact and clear style, its 19 chapters cover all the crucial issues in bilingualism at individual, group, and national levels. Learn more.
Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education
Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles described in this CAL publication were developed to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation. Learn more.

Update From the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center
There have been a number of reports released recently with data and policy information relevant to tribal nations. These include:

Funding Opportunities

Three funding opportunities under HRSA’s Healthy Start Program have been reopened through Monday, March 31, 2014. For details and links to each Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), visit the Healthy Start technical assistance webpage at

Pending available funds, grants will be for an initial period of nine months – from September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, with the possibility of annual continuations thereafter for up to four years.

From closely examining best practices over Healthy Start’s 22 year history, the program is being redesigned to further increase accountability, efficiency and expand services to ultimately improve health outcomes.

All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply. Organizations that applied for the previous Healthy Start funding opportunities that closed in January 2014 may also apply. In particular, we are looking for organizations that:

  • Serve eligible communities in need of Healthy Start services based on perinatal indicators;
  • Demonstrate a track record and capacity for successfully performing Healthy Start activities, as described in the FOA; and
  • Are poised to engage in Healthy Start activities upon the potential receipt of funds in September.

If your organization is interested in applying, please:

We hope to work with you to improve the health of mothers and children across the country.

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