Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 6-8pm at Indian Heritage
UNEA presents:?The Otter, The Spotted Frog, & The Great Flood?- Illustrator, artist, and storyteller, Ramon Shiloh presents his award winning book. Free event and dinner for all participants. 20 free autographed books available to first 20 families, door prizes including holiday wreaths and gift cards, and Ramon Shiloh cd’s and prints.
|For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2013
Heather Rademacher Taylor
ONABEN & REDWIND GROUP WILL CONTINUE DELIVERING?ENTREPRENEURIAL?TRA
PORTLAND, OR – ONABEN – Our Native American Business Network and RedWind Group continue their partnership and renew their contract with the SBA Office of Native American Affairs to deliver Native American business development workshops over the next year to aspiring and emerging Native entrepreneurs in communities throughout Indian Country.
Promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in Native communities, the two-day training events will provide aspiring Native entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources necessary to successfully launch their business ideas as well as support emerging Native owned businesses with the tools to grow and excel in the business community.
According to Veronica Hix, Executive Director for ONABEN, the trainings serve as a benefit and fundamental opportunity to Native entrepreneurs and organizations that serve them.
“The continued collaboration between ONABEN, Redwind and the SBA Office of Native American Affairs is a huge opportunity for Indian Country. Together we will deliver trainings at 15 sites in Native communities across the United States,” said Hix. “We will continue focusing on areas important to business growth and development such as, marketing, government contracting and certification programs to name a few.”
This initiative is currently conducting a needs assessment to determine the areas of information that should be included in the two-day trainings and to establish the geographic locations of each site. The assessment will also be used to establish partners local to each learning event. According, to Mr. Kyle Smith, founder of RedWind, “Native American Entrepreneurs face unique challenges, but have a great potential to drive economic development in Native communities.”
“If entrepreneurs or small businesses in your area are in need of technical assistance, I urge you to complete the needs assessment. This is a great way to create partnerships in your area and provide business development information to your local community,” adds Hix. “We are interested in partnering with Native CDFIs, Tribal governments, Tribal Colleges, Indian Chambers, a number of organizations and programs to connect with Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians in business or those interested in pursuing small business.”
Needs Assessment Survey
As leaders of your organization, ONABEN and RedWind are requesting your feedback in conjunction with our planning efforts. We are providing a “Needs Assessment Survey” in order to collect feedback from Native American organizations that may need assistance in their entrepreneurial training efforts.? We are trying to better understand the key training topics that make a difference in building successful and sustainable businesses.
Please provide your honest and accurate feedback. Your individual response will be held confidential and will only be seen by an analyst who works for the RedWind
Group.? Our team assures you that your response will be held in trust. We will produce reports on the collective feedback and provide them to survey participants as requested. It should take less than ten minutes to complete this survey.? Please respond to the survey by the end of the day on December 20, 2013.
Your input is valuable to Indian Country.? Thanks for your help!!!
RedWind Group, Inc is a Native operated technical assistance firm that helps transform and build strong tribal nations, enterprises and organizations. RedWind provides the experience and practical tools to help organizations meet the challenges facing tribal communities today. www.redwindgroup.com
ONABEN is a 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in Portland, Oregon.??ONABEN provides curriculum, training and organizational consulting focused on developing entrepreneurship in Native communities.?ONABEN serves Native business development organizations and entrepreneurs nationally through its Indianpreneurship? curriculum.??The group is driven by its mission to strengthen Indigenous communities and individuals by increasing opportunities for economic growth through culturally innovative business solutions.
For more information about ONABEN, please visit?www.ONABEN.org.
An employee in this position will perform skilled mechanical tasks in preventive maintenance, the diagnosis of malfunctions, and the repair and overhaul of various types of automotive and light diesel vehicles and equipment.? Typical duties will include performing preventive maintenance functions to maintain safe and reliable operation of vehicles and equipment; performing tune-ups on various types of automotive and special purpose equipment powered with gasoline, compressed natural gas and light diesel engines; testing electrical systems and components using specialized testing equipment and repairing or rebuilding systems as required; performing general overhaul, maintenance and repairs on gasoline, compressed natural gas, and light diesel-powered automotive and special purpose equipment including engines, drive trains, brakes, exhaust, fuel, emissions, electrical, steering, cooling, chassis, suspension systems and heating and air conditioning systems; inspecting, adjusting and repairing accessory equipment such as sanders, snowplows and wheelchair lifts; removing, rebuilding, repairing and replacing manual or automatic transmissions from automotive and special purpose equipment; performing basic gas, arc and wire feed welding for the repair of automotive equipment; repairing and maintaining body interior including door? locks, window controls, and wheelchair tie downs; entering work order data on Agency personal computers and on handwritten work orders; performing general cleaning of work areas in the maintenance facility and performing other related duties as assigned.
Wage:??$27.12 per hour
Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of:? the principles of gasoline, compressed natural gas, and diesel engines; the methods, materials, tools, and standard practices related to automotive maintenance and repair; the hazards and safety precautions followed in automotive and equipment repair shops. Ability to: read and understand equipment maintenance and repair manuals; use OEM diagnostic software, perform basic writing skills; perform basic mathematical computations; work as part of a team in a directed work team environment; perform computerized work order methods and procedures; read and understand gauges and meters; pass a job related examination; pass federally required drug and alcohol testing mandates; drive all job related vehicles and maintain a valid WA State driver?s license and CDL.
Required: High school graduation or GED equivalent. Three years? experience in automotive and/or light to medium duty truck maintenance and considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and standard practices related to the maintenance and repair of light to medium duty vehicular equipment.? Desired: Applicable ASE certifications. Familiarity with work order software. Degree or certificate from automotive technical college.
Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License at time of hire and be able to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License permit (with third party testing certificate) within 30 days of hire. Must obtain CDL Class B within 90 days of hire.? Must possess a complete set of automotive tools and a rollaway toolbox necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Must have the ability to perform the essential functions of the position including the ability to maneuver objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Must possess certifications in air conditioning and emissions testing within six months of date of hire. Must be willing to work any shift. Assignment to swing or graveyard shift is likely.
How to Apply:
Submit a completed Pierce Transit application form and a supplemental questionnaire clearly showing how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above before 4:00 p.m. on December 20, 2013.? Applications and questionnaires may be obtained at www.piercetransit.org/careers, from the Pierce Transit receptionist at 3701 96th Street SW, Lakewood, WA? 98499 or by calling 253.581.8000.? Resumes will be accepted only if they are attached to a completed Pierce Transit application form.? Applicants who have applied within the last six months are ineligible to re-apply at this time.
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I?d like to introduce myself, I?m Annette Hayden and I work for Renton Housing Authority.
RHA is in the process of building 14 two-bedrooms and 4 three-bedrooms Section 8 Project Based Townhomes, with the anticipated completion date of June 2014.
I?m attaching an advertising flyer for these beautiful homes in hopes that you?ll be able to distribute them and help spread the news to families in need.
We?re anticipating an online waiting list application process to be up and ready by March, at which time I?ll send you its website information.
Feel free to contact me whenever questions in regards to this housing opportunity arise.
Your agencies and your help in marketing these homes would be greatly appreciated.
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JFK Was a Mighty Warrior for Indian Country
Today, as the rest of America looks back on the legacy of President John F. Kennedy and his lasting contributions to human rights, we also have the opportunity to honor his lasting contributions to Indian country.
In 1960, in what was to be one of the closest presidential campaigns in American history, Kennedy campaigned on the promise of real human rights. His platform called for a higher minimum wage, medical care for the elderly, higher teachers? salaries, low-income housing, and an end to chronic unemployment. In a letter to Oliver La Farge, President of the Association on American Indian Affairs, Kennedy wrote that he wanted an America in which ?there would be no room for areas of depression, poverty, and disease.?
While Kennedy may be long remembered for his idealistic vision he called ?the New Frontier?, he also should be rightly remembered for his contributions to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The 1960 election between Kennedy and a young Richard Nixon closely divided a country coming off of eight years of a Republican Eisenhower Administration. Indian country hadn?t fared so well during those years ? sixty-four tribes were terminated by the time the presidential campaign was underway.
Kennedy, however, chose to throw his weight behind Indian country. He called for an end to Termination and he pledged to ?end practices that have eroded Indian rights and resources, reduced the Indians’ land base and repudiated Federal responsibility.?
During the campaign Kennedy famously promised that:
?My administration would see to it that the Government of the United States discharges its moral obligation to our first Americans by inaugurating a comprehensive program for the improvement of their health, education, and economic well-being. There would be no change in treaty or contractual relationships without the consent of the tribes concerned. No steps would be taken by the Federal Government to impair the cultural heritage of any group. There would be protection of the Indian land base, credit assistance, and encouragement of tribal planning for economic development.?
Kennedy?s platform marked a real change in the direction the Country would take on Indian affairs. His outreach to the National Congress of American Indians, Association on American Indian Affairs, the Friends Committee on National Legislation sparked hope that Indian tribes would soon see the day when they would gain the human right of self-determination. In fact, days after Kennedy?s narrow election victory, the National Congress of American Indians, which was meeting in Denver, called its annual convention ?Self-Determination, Not Termination?.
In the summer of 1962, President Kennedy hosted a gathering of tribal leaders at the White House. He greeted them by recognizing that their mission ?reminds us all of a very strong obligation which any American, whether he was born here or came here from other parts of the world, has to every American Indian.?
Kennedy demonstrated that he clearly understood the importance of the Nation?s trust and treaty responsibilities by adding that he wished the summit would ?be a reminder to all Americans of the number of Indians whose housing is inadequate, whose education is inadequate, whose employment is inadequate, whose health is inadequate, whose security and old age is inadequate ? a very useful reminder that there is still a good deal of unfinished business.?
His words were met with a sincere and heartfelt blessing from Dennis Bushyhead, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, who replied, ?It is our fervent hope and our prayer that the Great Spirit will put His hand upon your capable shoulders as you guide the Ship of State of this glorious republic through the troublesome waters that lie ahead to the end that someday we will have a healthful, a happy, and a peaceful world.?
The power of Kennedy?s vision originated in his love of ideals. That idealism is fully on display in his 1963 call for the Civil Rights Act, in which he asked, “The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated.? It was that same belief in equality that also guided his Indian policy.
While Kennedy did not live to see his plans for Indian country come to fruition, his message and his ideals lived on. His brother, Robert F. Kennedy, worked tirelessly and campaigned on improving the future of all Indian people. And it was his vice president, Lyndon Johnson, who as president was the first to call for a concrete national policy of Indian Self-Determination in his 1968 Special Message to Congress.
The good news today is that American Indian and Alaska Native tribes are rebuilding this nation from the inside out, that we are restoring their own economies, and that are creating the housing, schools, and justice systems for our own people. And all of this stems from the recognition of the inherent right of self-determination. Which started with President Kennedy. So, as we enter a new age, an age in which we ask the United States to adopt and implement the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, let us never forget power of ideas and the legacy of an idealistic President.
Chris Stearns (Navajo) is a former two-term Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, a Washington State Gambling Commissioner, and national Indian rights attorney with Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker.