Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
Assistant Secretary Newland recently sent out a Dear Tribal Leader Letter on May 23, 2023 [linked] concerning the addition of two new demonstration sites to the Tiwahe Initiative.
From the DOI website: Tiwahe (ti-wah-hay) means family in the Lakota language and symbolizes the interconnectedness of all living things and one’s personal responsibility to protect family, community, and the environment. In an effort to empower federally recognized Tribes to realize this potential, Indian Affairs (IA) launched the Tiwahe Initiative in fiscal year (FY) 2015 as appropriated by the Congress. The Initiative is made up of several components, which work together to protect and promote the development of prosperous and resilient Tribal communities. This phase is commonly referred to as the Tiwahe Demonstration Project.
The DTLL lists out the elements to be included in your letter of intent which include:
- Background of the Tribal Organization.
- Description of the issues that the Tribal Organization would use Tiwahe funding to address. What are the Tribal Organization's priorities?
- Description of how Tiwahe funding would be used to address the identified issues. What are the Tribal Organization's proposed outcomes? How would Tiwahe funding shape the future for the Tribal Organization's community and families?
If your Tribal Nation is interested in participating in the Tiwahe Initiative you must submit a letter of intent to Meghan Bishop, Policy Specialist to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, by email at: email@example.com from June 1, 2023 through August 31, 2023.
Prior to submitting your Letter of Intent, it is strongly recommended that you review the Congressional Report at https://www.bia.gov/ois/tiwahe.
The BIA will hold a Letter of lntent solicitation-specific webinar for interested applicants on June 21, 2023, at 3 pm Eastern. Please register at: https://doitalent.zoomgov.com/... zzstTLXWO9WJA wjpJBNw
Please contact Ms. Meghan Bishop at (202) 208-7163 if you have any questions.