Community Bulletin Board

Oregon Tribal Broadband Summit – 12/9 @ 8:30am-11am PST

When: December 9, 2021 at 8:30am – 11am PST

Join Ecotrust for Four Virtual Briefings to Learn About and Celebrate the Achievements and Impact of Indigenous Leadership and Leaders

This inaugural briefing series serves as the run-up to the 2022 Indigenous Leadership Awards, an annual event that celebrates Indigenous determination and survival.

Everyone who is interested in learning more about Indigenous leadership and peoples is welcome to participate. Policymakers, decision-makers, agency representatives, funders, teachers, students, and legislators are encouraged to attend.

Faced with near-constant threats on their sovereignty, cultures, and ways of life, in addition to the theft of their lands and waters, Indigenous leaders through the ages have guided their communities and dedicated themselves to ensuring their collective future. The work and impact of tribal leaders are models of vision and courage. Read more about each segment of the series at the link below, and RSVP for one or all of these illuminating events.

Negotiating a Future: Indigenous Leadership through the Ages – Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Termination: The Attempt to Destroy and the Rebuilding of the Siletz Tribes – Wednesday, January 19, 2022
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Impacts on Alaska Native Communities – Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Breaking the Chains: Transformative Federal Legislation and Tribal Peoples – Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Good Jobs Challenge – Webinar 11/18, Application due 1/26

EDA’s American Rescue Plan $500 million Good Jobs Challenge aims to connect Americans with the training opportunities they need to develop in-demand skills that lead to good jobs and long-term careers.  EDA is looking for applicants who can build and strengthen industry-led partnerships that remove barriers to training, particularly for those workers hit hardest by the pandemic, including, women and communities of color.

EDA will fund one or more of the following phases, as applicable to regional needs:

  • System development
  • Program design
  • Program implementation

EDA invites those preparing applications for the Good Jobs Challenge to join a public Office Hours session, where EDA program staff will provide an overview of program requirements, discuss resources for technical assistance, and address questions about the program and application process. Please submit questions in advance to guide the discussion.

Please email questions to Our team will strive to answer all questions received during the office hours session.

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EST


Submit, Subject line “Good Jobs Office Hours”

Additional resources on the Good Jobs Challenge, including FAQs, additional webinars, and fact sheets can be found at

APPLICATION DEADLINE for the Good Jobs Challenge: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Registration for Portland State University’s 2021-2022 Certificate in Tribal Relations is Now Open

The Certificate in Tribal Relations is offered by the Institute for Tribal Government and Center for Public Service in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. It is a 9-month program designed for local, state, and federal government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and trade associations that work regularly with Tribal Nations and Native communities.

Students successfully completing the program will develop skills and knowledge in:

  • Exposure to Worldview, Cultural awareness, and sensitivity;
  • Understanding the foundation of Federal Indian Law and Indigenous Policy;
  • Trust and relationship building;
  • Understanding and respecting tribal beliefs, interests, and priorities;
  • Collaborative governance;
  • Advance effective consulation and coordination processes; and
  • Represent agency programs and priorities to the tribal governments and native communities with which they work.

Nimiipuu Community Development Fund
Business Incubator Feasibility Study and Business Plan Request for Proposals

Nimiipuu Community Development Fund “Nimiipuu Fund” is seeking proposals from planning professionals to complete a feasibility study and business plan for an Business Incubator and Office space for areas in the Lapwai, Idaho or on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.  This space will serve as a venue for co-working space for economic development agencies, start-up and existing firms, and a location for  business programs to launch and expand business activity.  The Business Incubator will contribute to community economic development by providing incubator space for small businesses, programming to assist entrepreneurs, Nimiipuu Fund CDFI operations, and providing a location for “remote workers.”  

Nimiipuu Fund is a certified Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the U.S. Treasury Department.  Incorporated in 2013 by the Nez Perce Tribe, Nimiipuu Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, governed by a 7-member Board of Directors, whose mission is “The Nimiipuu Fund facilitates financial independence by enhancing the personal and entrepreneurial capacity of the Nez Perce Reservation and surrounding communities. We promote economic growth while embracing our cultural values and traditions by providing tailored financial products and services.”  More information on Nimiipuu Fund and its products and services can be found at Nimiipuu Fund website

This project contract will not exceed $32,000 and will be completed over five (5) months.  This project is funded by the USDA Rural Business Development (RBDG) grant program and Nimiipuu Fund.

Project Background

This concept for business incubator space has been an interest and need on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and arose again during development of the Nimiipuu Fund strategic plan in 2020.  The space would both meet the needs for Nimiipuu Fund growth, its development services, and expressed needs for businesses to have infrastructure to house their businesses or space to occupy or use.

The Nimiipuu Incubator Feasibility Study will respond to identified needs of Nez Perce Tribal entrepreneurs who are interested in starting their own businesses and to similar needs of other Tribal owners of emerging or micro- businesses. These entrepreneurs face several barriers, including a need for learning best practices in business management and a need for back-office support. The costs of marketing and advertising for a single business is out of reach for some, and the severe lack of available business locations on the reservation is also an impediment.

As Idaho’s only seaport and with accessible rail and air transportation, the nearby City of Lewiston creates significant opportunities for entrepreneurs in the region, but Tribal members have been less able to capitalize on these opportunities. No Community Reinvestment Act loans were provided to low or moderate income persons in Clearwater or Nez Perce counties in 2019, demonstrating the inability of such individuals to access credit and the need for technical assistance support.

The Nimiipuu Fund has grown exponentially over the past few years and is in need of a business location as well for its expanded operations and services to business owners, including financial literacy and business development workshops.

Development of the feasibility study will benefit both the NCDF and area entrepreneurs in the short term follows:

● Information gathered in the feasibility study will be used to inform later decision-making needed for achievability of the first business incubator to serve area Tribal entrepreneurs;
● The study will present the Nimiipuu Fund with a clear efficiency plan and cost estimates for incubator development;
● The study will also explore optimal property locations and/or property development for the incubator to house new businesses and for the Nimiipuu Fund to establish its permanent home in north central Idaho
● Interviews and surveys conducted as part of the feasibility study will add momentum to economic development efforts on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Incubator development following the study would focus on supporting industries of strength in the region, supporting tribal member owned startups and expansion to create quality jobs for the Tribal community. The proximity of the Nimiipuu Fund to Tribal entrepreneurs will bring a robust presence with direct technical assistance available on site to help them succeed in their initial operations, while providing cost efficiencies for all under one roof.

Long term benefits from development of the Tribal Business Incubator would include:
● A centralized resource center for entrepreneurs and those considering starting a business;
● A vibrant entrepreneurial hub with the user-friendly familiarity of Tribal values and cultural support through the presence of Tribal mentors and shared experience on site;
● A user-friendly setting for business development meetings, regional workshops, and workforce development;  
● A visible manifestation of the Tribe’s presence in the region and the importance of the Nimiipuu Fund as an economic engine for the benefit of the Tribe and Tribal communities.

See full RFP for project components.  
Proposal Format & Submission

Electronic proposals in PDF format will be accepted.   Proposals should not exceed 20 pages (cover letter, resumes, etc. are included in the 20 pages).  Email file size delivery cannot exceed 10 MB.

Proposals should be submitted to:
Jonelle Yearout at 208-621-3729

Proposal Deadline:

All responses must be received by 12:00 pm (PDT), November 3, 2021.

Type of Contract:  

The agreement will be on a fixed price basis, with payment terms to be negotiated with the selected offer. The contract form will be an approved and negotiated owner/consultant form.

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