April 2018 Newsletter

April 4, 2018

Tribal Financial Management Certification (TFMC) Training

Have you registered for the next Tribal Financial Management Certification Training? This professional certificate training for tribal government financial management practitioners--a component of our Tribal Economic Leadership Program--provides an in-depth background in tribal government finance, Indian law, taxation, and economic development. It is the official training course for the new NAFOA publication, Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Enterprises a.k.a. “Orange Book” and will include the following topics:

  • Principles of federal Indian law and its effect on tribal financial management
  • Government accounting standards and principles
  • Compliance with the new OMB Uniform Guidance
  • Self-determination, self-governance, financial compliance, and record keeping
  • Effects of federal, state, and tribal taxation on tribal financial management, including development of a revenue allocation plan
  • Best practices for internal controls and procurement policies
  • Key tools for developing and managing budgets
  • Emerging financial issues in Indian Country

Attendees can earn up to 20 CPE credits. Space is limited. Visit https://aipi.clas.asu.edu/TFMC for more information.

Register for TFMC

AIPI Staff Appointed to FirstNet PSAC Executive Committee

AIPI Research and Policy Analyst, Brian Howard, was appointed to the FirstNet Executive Committee of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). Brian represents the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) on the FirstNet PSAC and his appointment to the Executive Committee is the first time a Tribal association/organization has been elevated to such a position. The Executive Committee is comprised of 5 members selected by the FirstNet Chair of the Board of Directors from the 43 member PSAC representing fire, EMS, law enforcement, and state and local governments. NCAI is the only Tribal organization represented on the PSAC and since Brian's appointment last February, he has Chaired the FirstNet Tribal Working Group and led the formulation of a Tribal Consultation Policy that was adopted by FirstNet in October 2017.

Community Engagement

traci at U of A

In March, AIPI Director Traci Morris presented at two community events, both on the topic of American

Indian demographics and culture. First, she spoke at the Arizona ChildSexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Coalition monthly practitioners meeting. The presentation led to an in-depth practical discussion on working with and in Tribal communities. The AZ CSA prevention group is dedicated to promoting prevention education, and community awareness to eliminate sexual abuse and exploitation of children. 

Dr. Morris also spoke at the request of the Association of American Indian Affairs to a group of elders at an independent living complex in Phoenix. The group was extremely interested an knowledgeable about issues that impact Tribes and asked insightful questions.

Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market


The AIPI team attended the 60th Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market which took place on March 3rd and 4th. This event is one of the premier Native art events in the country. This is a place to not only enjoy the aesthetics but to network with other organizations and professionals from throughout the United States.

The fair celebrates Native art and culture through demonstrations, cultural performances, juried exhibitions, and activities for the whole family. Hundreds of artists from Alaska to Maine specializing in various art forms dazzled over 10,000 visitors from the community, making this fair the second largest market of its kind in the country.




Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference | Scottsdale, AZ | April 5-6, 2018

Phoenix Indian Center's Annual Silver & Turquoise Ball | Scottsdale, AZ | April 14, 2018

Heard Museum Katsina Doll Marketplace | Phoenix, AZ | April 14, 2018

Native Women's Business Summit | Albuquerque, NM | April 13-14, 2018

National Indian Child Welfare Association Annual Conference | Anchorage, AK | April 15-18, 2018

NAFOA 36th Annual Conference | New Orleans, LA | April 23-24, 2018

NIGA - Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention | Las Vegas, NV | April 17-20, 2018


Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference | UCLA | May 17-19, 2018

AMERIND Risk & NAIHC Convention & Tradeshow | San Diego, CA | May 30-June 1, 2018


National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference | Kansas City, MO | June 3-6, 2018

AIPI & NAFOA present: Tribal Financial Managers Certification Training | Tempe, AZ | June 12-14, 2018