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Instructor: Ben Ray III
Date: January 29, 2014
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm EST

Course Description:

What is credit and how is it determined? Learn the tricks of the trade to getting a higher credit score, maintaining a good to excellent credit score, and cleaning up your credit. Also, learn what determines good spending habits, how to control impulse buying, and purchase needs vs. wants. We will discuss staying above water in the instant gratification time period we live in.

Course Objectives:

• Who determines your credit score and what factors are considered;
• Learn how to increase your credit score and keep it high;
• Review how to clean up a problem credit;
• Review the basics of spending;
• Prioritize spending;
• Discuss what financial freedom look like.

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Start: January 29, 2015 2:00 pm
End: January 29, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Instructor: Jim Warne, Warrior Society Development, LLC
Date: February 10, 2014
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm EST

Course Description:

Is your community accessible for the elders and Tribal members with disabilities? This Webinar will address various strategies to evaluate your community needs. We will discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act, housing accessibility, public building/Tribal office and impact of disability in Indian Country.

Course Objectives:

• Identify access issues for elders and Tribal members with disabilities;
• Discuss Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Start: February 10, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 10, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Eugene Goldfarb, Great Lakes Environmental Planning Inc.
February 11, 2014
2 pm to 3 pm EST

Course Description:

With the implementation of HEROS, HUD’s Environmental Review Online System, Tribes will be expected to place their environmental review on the web. This webinar is designed to help expose Tribes to the many on line tools and data systems that can aid the practitioner in the performance of an environmental review. This webinar will review USEPA’s NEPAssist and HUD”s ATEC, but other online resources (e.g. FEMA’s map store and the US Fish & Wildlife Service IPaC (Information, Planning, and Conservation System).

Course Objectives:

• Tribal staff will be able to use on line environmental data systems to produce documentation that will then be uploaded into new HUD HEROS system;
• Participants will become familiar with EPA”s NEPAssist and its abilities to illustrate and documents environmental review criteria;
• Participants will become familiar with USDOI – Fish & Wildlife Services’ IPaC (Information, Planning, and Conservation) System and its abilities to illustrate and documents endangered species review criteria;
• Participants will become familiar with USDA NRCS’s soil maps and its abilities to illustrate and document Prime Farmland review criteria.

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Start: February 11, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 11, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Instructor: Jim Warne, Warrior Society Development, LLC
Date: February 12, 2014
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm EST

Course Description:

This webinar will discuss the importance of Native sovereignty, language, and cultural preservation and its overall significance to the 7th generation, the youth of today, to help them envision the role they play to create a strong, healthy, and sustainable community. Creating a community foundation on cultural values needs a strong circle of elders and relatives to mentor youth and protect future Tribal communities. Join us as we discuss and build upon the foundation of culture to include storytelling and talking circles.

Course Objectives:

• Discuss Native Sovereignty;
• Youth Leadership;
• Language and the significance of Cultural Preservation.

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Start: February 12, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 12, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Instructor: Eugene Goldfarb, Great Lakes Environmental Planning Inc.
Date: February 18, 2014
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm EST

Course Description:

Recent years has seen a sea of change in how to deal with storm water. In the past site engineers were encouraged to remove storm water from a site as soon as possible. Even if storm water was collected in a detention or retention pond, it would be released (usually at a controlled rate) to receiving streams and landscaping would then be irrigated. More modern (sustainable) practices now encourages groundwater recharge in place of storm water run-off and promotes the use of native species for landscaping that generally do not need irrigation.

Course Objectives:

• Tribal staff will understand why groundwater infiltration should be encouraged;
• Participants will become familiar with modern techniques for encouraging groundwater infiltration.

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Start: February 18, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 18, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Instructor: Robin Thorne, VitalSpirit LLC
Date: February 24, 2014
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm EST

Course Description:

This course will provide an overview of the steps that Tribal housing professionals should take when planning an affordable housing project. Discussion will include the following: 1) Developing a housing wish list; 2) Involving the appropriate housing staff, Housing Board, and Tribal Council members; 3) new construction/rehab/supportive housing options; 4) planning priorities and establishing timelines; 5) a review of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program and other financing options.

Course Objectives:

• Learn how to properly plan for and staff your affordable housing projects
• Provide the tools necessary to prepare an effective strategy for your next affordable housing project.

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Start: February 24, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 24, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Instructor: Robin Thorne, VitalSpirit LLC
Date: February 26, 2014
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm EST

Course Description:

This course will provide an overview on how to develop, finance, and manage Tribal affordable housing projects utilizing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) with NAHASDA and other gap financing programs such as the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program (AHP). Discussion will include information about how to prepare for and navigate the LIHTC application and closing process; secure appropriate GAP financing, leverage NAHASDA funds; manage investor expectations; and comply with program rules and requirements.

Course Objectives:

• Learn the steps that need to be followed when planning an affordable housing project
• Provide a basic understanding of how the LIHTC, NAHASDA, and AHP programs can be used to finance affordable housing projects.

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Start: February 26, 2015 2:00 pm
End: February 26, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s)
Tribal Government
Drew Tulchin, Managing Partner, Upspring (formerly Social Enterprise Associates)
March 3, 2015
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

Event Information: Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) provide financial resources and training programs aimed at tribal community development.

Detailed Event Information:

Course Description:
Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) provide financial resources and training programs aimed at tribal community development. This interactive webinar will teach participants about how to work with CDFIs, where CDFIs fit in the overall funding landscape, and how to create their own CDFI.

The objective of the webinar is to introduce participants to the basics of CDFIs, identify key Native CDFIs that are active in different regions and how participants can take advantage of resources provided by CDFIs.

Course Overview:

• Understand the basics of CDFIs;
• Identify key Native CDFIs active in different regions;
• Working for CDFIs and taking advantage of the resources they provide;
• How to create your community’s own CDFI;
• Partnering with other financial institutions.

Speaker Name: Drew Tulchin, Managing Partner, Upspring (formerly Social Enterprise Associates)

Speaker Overview:

Drew Tulchin is a seasoned presenter on topics including financial wellness, local economies, affordable housing, earned income strategies for sovereign independence, building sustainable organizations, impact measurement, and non-profit financing. His experience spans for-profit, non-profit, public and philanthropic sectors. His work has generated more than $100 million for economic wellness. Tulchin has consulted in economic development in the U.S., Native American Tribes, and 40+ countries. Tulchin has nearly a decade working in Indian Country. His experience includes raising capital, training CDFIs, working with local NGOs, addressing housing, marketing, and improving products for organizations that serve under-served populations. He currently sits on the Board of Cha Piyeh, Inc., a Native American CDFI providing financial education and services to Ohkay Owingeh Tribal members in New Mexico.

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Start: March 3, 2015 2:00 pm
End: March 3, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program Compliance
Housing, Community Development
Robin Thorne, VitalSpirit LLC
March 4, 2014
2 pm to 3 pm EST

Event Name: Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program Compliance

Event Information: This course will provide an overview of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program as well as detailed procedures and requirements needed to ensure operational compliance. Discussion will include a comparison of LIHTC and NAHASDA compliance requirements.

Detailed Event Information:

Course Description:

This course will provide an overview of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program as well as detailed procedures and requirements needed to ensure operational compliance. Discussion will include a comparison of LIHTC and NAHASDA compliance requirements. The class will provide information relating to the fundamentals of tax credit compliance and how these compliance requirements can be integrated into existing property management policies and procedures. Staff and tenant compliance requirements and the costs and penalties associated with noncompliance will be reviewed.

Course Objectives:

• Provide a basic understanding of the compliance rules that must be followed when utilizing the LIHTC program;
• Demonstrate the similarities between NAHASDA and LIHTC compliance requirements.

Speaker Name: Robin Thorne, VitalSpirit LLC

Speaker Overview:

Robin Thorne is a founding partner of VitalSpirit LLC. She has over ten years of experience working with Tribal clients in developing and managing their affordable housing projects. Robin works directly with tribal housing authority staff to ensure compliance with LIHTC, NAHASDA, AHP and other affordable housing program requirements.

Speaker Detailed Overview:

Robin Thorne is a founding partner of VitalSpirit LLC. She has over ten years of experience working with Tribal clients in developing and managing their affordable housing projects. Robin works directly with tribal housing authority staff to ensure compliance with LIHTC, NAHASDA, AHP and other affordable housing program requirements. She is a frequent speaker at industry trainings and events, conducts seminars and makes regular on-site visits to clients and tribal partners. With the National American Indian Housing Council, Robin created the NAHASDA & Tax Credit Compliance Professional (NTCCP) curriculum and national certification program, which designates professional experience and expertise in continuing operational compliance under the two programs. She also works with tribal clients, tribal advocacy groups, state allocating agencies and elected officials to ensure that tax credit and grant programs policies reflect the concerns and needs of tribal organizations. Robin is certified as a National Compliance Professional Executive (NCPE) and served six years on the NCP Advisory Board for the Housing Credit College. She is also a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), designated by the National Association of Home Builders. Robin graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in communications and English.

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Start: March 4, 2015 2:00 pm
End: March 4, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online

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Sources of Capital for Tribal Governments and NGO’s
Community Development
Drew Tulchin, Managing Partner, Upspring (formerly Social Enterprise Associates)
March 5, 2015
2 pm to 3 pm EST

Event Information: Participants will learn about sources of capital, both private and public, available for Tribal governments and NGOs. The webinar covers financial definitions, incremental steps to capital raising, tips for working with banks / lenders, and creditworthiness.

Detailed Event Information:

Course Description:

Participants will learn about sources of capital, both private and public, available for Tribal governments and NGOs. The webinar covers financial definitions, incremental steps to capital raising, tips for working with banks / lenders, and creditworthiness. The objective of the webinar is to provide attendees with a foundation in the basics of how and where to seek funding for projects and programs. This will particularly explore funding and capital options beyond government sources and ‘usual suspects’.

Course Objectives:

• The value and benefit of diversifying income;
• Build a foundation of how and where to seek funding for projects and programs;
• Learn about public and private sources of capital for tribal governments and NGOs;
• Understand incremental steps to Capital Raising;
• Learn tips for working with banks/lenders.

Speaker Name: Drew Tulchin, Managing Partner, Upspring (formerly Social Enterprise Associates)

Speaker Overview:

Drew Tulchin is a seasoned presenter on topics including financial wellness, local economies, affordable housing, earned income strategies for sovereign independence, building sustainable organizations, impact measurement, and non-profit financing. His experience spans for-profit, non-profit, public and philanthropic sectors. His work has generated more than $100 million for economic wellness. Tulchin has consulted in economic development in the U.S., Native American Tribes, and 40+ countries.

Tulchin has nearly a decade working in Indian Country. His experience includes raising capital, training CDFIs, working with local NGOs, addressing housing, marketing, and improving products for organizations that serve under-served populations. He currently sits on the Board of Cha Piyeh, Inc., a Native American CDFI providing financial education and services to Ohkay Owingeh Tribal members in New Mexico.

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Start: March 5, 2015 2:00 pm
End: March 5, 2015 3:00 pm
Offered: Online