New $5 Million Federal Tribal Energy Grant Program

The Rural Innovation Fund Program, a successor to the defunct Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) program, sets aside $25.75 million from the Community Development Block Grant Program for grants to tribes, state housing finance agencies, state community and/or economic development agencies, local rural nonprofits, and community development corporations to address the problems of concentrated rural housing distress and community poverty.

Out of the total $25 million appropriated, $5 million is reserved "to promote economic development and entrepreneurship for federally recognized Indian tribes, through activities including the capitalization of revolving loan programs and business planning and development" and for "technical assistance to increase capacity through training and outreach activities."

For more information, visit the HUD Web site or contact Robert Duncan, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Office of Community Planning and Development at 202-402-4681 or 1-877-787-2526.

Applications are due February 23, 2011. For details, visit

MacArthur Foundation Grant Awarded To UW Native American Law Center For Tribal Youth Justice Program

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Professor Ron Whitener - UW Native American Law Center

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has just announced a $225,000 grant award to the University of Washington’s Native American Law Center, which will fund the Center’s ground-breaking new program to help Tribal communities develop strategies to address the needs of Native American children in state and Tribal juvenile justice systems. The program and grant were conceived and will be managed by Professor Ron Whitener, a Director of the University’s Native American Law Center. Professor Whitener is Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic at the University, is Of Counsel to the law firm of Foster Pepper PLLC in Seattle, and serves as Chief Judge for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis.

The MacArthur Foundation is an international organization that supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.