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Announcing the Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center's Training for Building Sustainable Communities in Indian Country in Green Bay, WI

Hollywood, FL, January 10, 2014 --( The Native Learning Center (NLC), a Seminole Tribe of Florida program dedicated to the development of cultural and quality of life skills for all Native and Indigenous people, is pleased to present its Training for Building Sustainable Communities in Indian Country hosted by the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay in, Green Bay, Wisconsin, April 1 – 3, 2014.

The NLC will provide Tribal communities with the tools to develop economic opportunities, sustainable community infrastructures, alternative energy sources, and provide essential building blocks to create safer communities. Over the course of this three-day conference participants will be able to attend critical sessions related to Tribal housing programs and imperative to HUD’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program. Topics include, but are not limited to, NAHASDA related courses, youth and elder opportunities, and crime prevention.

“Training for Building Sustainable Communities in Indian Country will provide an ideal forum for Tribal communities to come together, stimulate ideas, establish collaborations, and initiate discussions surrounding the best approaches to strengthen our Native communities. The NLC and expert instructors recognize that true change happens at the community level and the course offerings we have lined up will create real outcomes for our future that starts today.” – Georgette Palmer Smith, (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma/Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Executive Director of the Native Learning Center.

The Training for Building Sustainable Communities in Indian Country sessions include, but are not limited to:

“Preserving Language: Turning Speakers into Teachers” - Instructors Nakia Zavalla, (Santa Ynez Chumash), and Kathleen Marshell, (Santa Ynez Chumash), presenting on behalf of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, will examine Tribal language programs that prepare our speakers for teaching in community and public school settings. These examples utilize the California Teaching Professional Standards as a guide, but also include culturally appropriate strategies and techniques to overcoming obstacles associated with preserving language.

“Negotiating Federal Community Facilities Funding for $0.00 Down in the First 3 Years” – Instructor Wanda Jean Lord, (Cherokee/Choctaw), of Lord & Associates will provide attendees with receive practical examples of how to negotiate a successful USDA Community Facilities Low Interest Federal Direct Loan and related USDA Economic Impact Initiative Grants. Then utilize these resources to fund the construction of Community Facilities and other infrastructure or facility purchases that benefit their communities. Tribal Council, Leaders, Administrators, Planners, Finance, Development Professionals, Housing Commissioners, and Housing Directors can all benefit from this course.

“Financing Sustainable Affordable Housing in Indian Country” – Instructors Shelly Tucciarelli, (Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin), of Turtle Clan Development Services, LLC (TCDS) and Josie Kotsioris, of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP will discuss how to use tax credit incentive programs, such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other gap financing resources to improve housing in Indian Country. The presentation will include information on Low Income Housing Tax Credit and structuring, analyzing, and applying for appropriate gap financing.

“Sources of Capital for Tribal Government NGO’s” – Instructors Lakota Mowrer, (Cheyenne River Sioux), of Four Bands Community Fund, INC. and Drew Tulchin, of Social Enterprise Associates, will present about sources of capital, both private and public, available for Tribal governments and NGOs. This session covers financial definitions, incremental steps to capital raising, tips for working with banks/lenders, and creditworthiness.

To register for the Training for Building Sustainable Communities in Indian Country and view agenda, visit: .

The Native Learning Center (NLC) is an educational resource that offers Native and Indigenous people the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that improve quality of life through housing related educational programs. The NLC hosts conferences and individual courses that bring Native and Indigenous people together to discuss vital topics that promote cultural development within Indian Country. In cooperation with the Housing and Urban Development Office, Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (EWONAP), and various Native American trainers throughout Indian Country, the NLC developed areas of concentration to complement current national organizations that support EWONAP’s mission to promote development of native housing and housing related activities. For more information, visit, or contact US at (954) 985-2300.

Contact: Christina Gonzalez at (954) 985-2300 ext. 10691 or via e-mail at:
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