WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Native Hawaiian Relations today released the new the Native Hawaiian Community Guide to Federal Programs and Services. The guide identifies Federal program and grant opportunities in health, housing, education, and labor for which members of the Native Hawaiian Community and Native Hawaiian organizations may apply. The guide was developed in partnership with Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), and the Native Hawaiian Education Council.
“Empowering the Hawaiian Community with information, access to resources, and capacity building support continues to be part of our core programming at the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement,” said CNHA President, Michelle Kauhane. “As a HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency and Native Community Development Financial Institution, certified by the US Treasury, we are keenly aware of the housing disparity among Native Hawaiians in our state and are happy to share resources in support of improving Native Hawaiian housing conditions,” added Kauhane.
“We appreciate the support of and partnership with the Department of Interior, Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, in making this Federal guide possible,” said Sharlene Chun-Lum, Executive Director for Papa Ola Lokahi. “We know that a family’s overall health and well-being improves when other contributing factors such housing, education, and employment, are addressed. The potential to receive grants that help improve these factors, in addition to health care itself, can significantly impact the health of Native Hawaiians, who continue to lead other ethnic groups in Hawai`i in rates of chronic disease.”
“The Native Hawaiian Education Council is pleased to support the intent, publication and continuing update of the guide for the benefit of programs and organizations to support Native Hawaiians through education,” said Dr. Sylvia M. Hussey, Executive Director of the Native Hawaiian Education Council.
“Helping members of the Native Hawaiian Community access Federal programs and services is an important part of building self-sufficiency,” said Ka'i'ini Kaloi, Director for the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations. “The new guide will make it much easier for Native Hawaiians to identify and access Federal programs on health, housing, education, and labor.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to add 49 species in Hawaii to the list of endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service will not be designating Critical Habitat for these species at this time due to insufficient information.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting today, fourth grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.
Washington, D.C. - The Department is seeking comments on proposed Federal rules that seek to clarify how we review land exchanges involving Hawaiian home lands and amendments to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act proposed by the State of Hawai‘i.
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced today a first step to consider reestablishing a government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community.
The US Census Bureau needs to quickly hire interviewers in Hawai’i to work on the NHPI National Health Interview Survey. Most immediate is the need to hire in Hilo, Hawai’i and Oahu, but hiring will also be done on Maui and Kauai.
State of Hawaii Department of Hawaiian Home Lands advertises for Professional Services and Consultants for FY 2015. Those who are interested must have their information packets received and date and time stamped by DHHL no later than 4:30 pm on 6-30-2014.
The State of Hawai'i Office of Environmental Quality Control publishes its Environmental Notice bi-monthly on the 8th and 23rd. See federal notices in addition to state, local, and private notices, some of which are issued to comply with federal laws.
NAGPRA Notice of Inadvertent Discovery at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge near Kahuku, O`ahu.
Engage in consultation with the US Department of State on the topic of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held at the United Nations in September 2014. The consultations are scheduled for May 9, 2014, in Washington, DC. RSVP by 4/24/2014.
The Secretary of the Interior will appoint the member from nominations submitted by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and traditional Native American religious leaders. The deadline for receipt of nominations is July 17, 2014.
If your tribe, Native Hawaiian organization, or museum is considering a NAGPRA Grant in the coming year, now is the time to begin planning. Applications are due on March 7, 2014. Link to the application guidelines and forms, and see important dates.
Notices distributed by the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations to DOI's Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) Notification List are now posted online. You may subscribe to udpates via RSS feeds.