Through a grant from NeighborWorks America the National American Indian Housing Council or (NAIHC) is leading the effort to research characteristics of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LITHC) development in Indian country. NAIHC is conducting a survey to collect information on its membership to obtain information on the tax credit projects in Indian country. Information gathered in the survey will assist them in determining the need for training and technical assistance and develop curriculum.
The National Park board appoints its first Native American member. Since its inception in 1935, the National Park System Advisory Board has served as an alliance of advisors for the current and future well being of the national park system. At least, until lately. Thrown into disarray and disbandment during the Trump administration (when nine of 12 members resigned in protest, including its chairperson), the federally chartered board of environmental experts from various fields authorized to advise both the Secretary of the Interior and Director of the National Park Service on national park matters has been inoperative over the last two and a half years for reasons not entirely known. The hiatus finally ended last week when Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland reestablished the NPSAB with 15 new appointees—including a notably historic one: executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Aja DeCoteau. A citizen of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation with Cayuse, Nez Perce and Chippewa lineage, DeCoteau is the first Native American to serve on the NPSAB in its 88-year history.
Those are your headlines at this hour. I’m Colette Keith in the KIPI News center.