Native American Recognition Day at Chase Field

Join the D-backs for Native American Recognition Day presented by Gila River Hotels & Casinos. Discounted tickets are available with a portion of each ticket sold using this offer benefiting Native American programs.

Festivities begin when the gates open at 11:30AM and include live entertainment: Native American drum groups, dancers and vocalists. Native American education displays will showcase the Native American culture. The winning teams from the D-backs Inter-tribal Youth Baseball and Softball tournament will be recognized before the game.

Native American Recognition Day at Chase Field

Please contact April Wesley at 602-258-4822 for any questions or for discounted ticket pricing information.

 
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Protecting Our Land Summer Camp

“NYA MADTA-VICHA MI-VWAYJII”

Protecting Our Land Summer Camp

Thursday, July 26 – Sunday, July 29, 2018
$75 Registration Fee
Scholarships available for AIEA
District/School members

Protecting Our Land Summer Camp

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WIC Request for Public Comment

ITCA is holding its annual public comment period for WIC from May 11 to July 11, 2018. You are invited to comment on the program and to assist in identifying opportunities to improve services.

WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for income eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children under the age of five. ITCA WIC serves approximately 9,000 clients each month. The program promotes good health and positive food choices by providing nutritious foods, nutrition and breastfeeding education and referrals to program participants.

ITCA is not planning modifications for fiscal year 2019.

To learn more about ITCA WIC and to view the current State Plan, go to ITCA WIC Policy and Procedure Manual

Comments must be submitted in writing by July 11, 2018 at 2pm to:
WIC Director
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
2214 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
or
wicadmin@itcaonline.com

11th Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference

Announcing the upcoming 11th Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference, June 26-27, 2018.
The theme for this year is “Making Healthy Choices Together” and the location will be at the Double Tree by Hilton in Tempe, Arizona.

Below is the registration packet which includes an at-a-glance agenda and conference hotel details.

Mark your calendars.

11th Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference
Click Here for the Registration Packet

2nd Annual Arizona Tribal Haz-Mat Summit

All completed documents can be sent to: Nathan Nixon at Nathan.Nixon@itcaonline.com

Contact Information:
Nathan Nixon
Nathan.Nixon@itcaonline.com
Direct: (602) 307-1518
Main: (602) 258-4822
Fax: (602) 258-4825

Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 18-04

Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 18-04

PROJECT TITLE: Psychometric services for the development of federal baseline regulatory exam modules for drinking water and wastewater system operator credentialing programs

RFP RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2018

QUESTIONS DUE FROM BIDDERS DATE: April 25, 2018

ITCA RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS DATE: May 2, 2018

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: May 15, 2018, 5:00 P.M. local time in Arizona

PROJECTED SUCCESSFUL BIDDER ANNOUNCEMENT DATE: May 22, 2018

Notice to Bidders
Regarding the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) RFP TWS 18-4:
Due to the number and complexity of bid responses, the ITCA Scoring Committee has extended the review period and postpones the Projected Successful Bidder Announcement Date to
May 31, 2018.

EXPECTED PERIOD OF SERVICES: Tentatively June 5, 2018, through March 31, 2020

SUMMARY: The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) is soliciting proposals from entities or individuals that are qualified and interested in performing professional psychometric services for the development of federal baseline regulatory exam modules for drinking water and wastewater system operator credentialing. The objective of the federal baseline regulatory exam modules is to assess candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate and maintain water or wastewater systems in a manner that is in compliance with United States federal baseline regulations. The federal baseline regulatory exam will augment existing operator certification exams.

Click Here: for the Request for Proposal (RFP)
Click Here: for the Bidder Information Form

Click Here: for the Response to Bidder Questions Part 1
Click Here: for the Response to Bidder Questions Part 2
Click Here: for the Response to Bidder Questions Part 3
Click Here: for the Response to Bidder Questions Part 4

 

Requests to be placed on the ITCA Water RFP distribution list are accepted at any time by email to twsinfo@itcaonline.com 

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Tribal Law Enforcement News & Information

Upcoming Training

In-Person Training

Upcoming Conferences

Online Training

ITCA/ICIN Opioid Training Program

To request this presentation, please contact Nathan Nixon at Nathan.Nixon@itcaonline.com

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Current Training Courses offered by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Program (HMEP). All courses are provided at NO COST to Tribal Nations in Arizona.

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For more information or to request training courses, please contact: Nathan Nixon, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at: Nathan.Nixon@itcaonline.com

ICIN Meeting dates & information


Future ICIN Meetings:

Call-In Information
Phone Number: 1-800-832-0736
Room Number: 8215391#

Tuesday July 17, 2018 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Little America Resort, Flagstaff, Arizona


Past ICIN Meeting Documents:

April 3, 2018 Meeting – Yavapai-Prescott Tribe Documents

 

ICIN Resources

ICIN Resources

Resources listed here are for Tribal Law Enforcement and Tribal Communities for information and reporting purposes:

ICIN Links

State of Arizona Links:

Law Enforcement:

Certification:

Intelligence and Criminal Justice:

Federal Links:

Law Enforcement Organizations:

Age Appropriate Nutritional Foods

April 2018

Tips on age appropriate foods for infants and children 18 months and younger.

Age Approrpriate Food Inforgraphic

National Nutrition Month

March 2018

“Go Further with Food”

A Public Service Message from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Whether you’re starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before a workout, the foods you choose can make a real difference. March is National Nutrition Month, the time to return to the basics of healthful eating. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food.” Planning meals and snacks in advance will add nutrients, save you money and help reduce food waste. Here are some tips:

  • Create a meal prep plan that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  • Buy only the amount of food that your family can eat or freeze within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes – just eat and drink the amount that’s right for you.

In order to find a personalized plan that works best for you and your family, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist. Learn how to go further with food and find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in your area by visiting eatright.org  and following hashtag National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month Handouts and Tips for Families and Communities

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American Heart Month

February 2018

February is American Heart month and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the American Heart Association want to help everyone live longer, healthier lives by getting the word out on heart health. With cardiovascular disease accounting for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US, American Heart Month is an attempt to remind Americans to focus on their health. Check out the infographic below for more information:

American Heart Month Infographic

You can also help raise awareness, particularly on February 2nd, which is National Wear Red Day. Why wear red? It’s because February 2nd is a day that has been dedicated to helping raise awareness of the high risk of stroke and other cardiac events in women. By wearing red, you are helping spread the word that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Take control of your own health and encourage other women to do the same by knowing their numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Wear red, share your photos on social media, spread the word!

Native American Veteran Income Tax Settlement Fund

On November 22, 2000, the United States Justice Department issued a memo declaring that the taxation and withholding of state income taxes from active duty military pay of Native Americans domiciled on their reservation was impermissible. The United States Department of Defense began mandatory Arizona income tax withholding on all active duty military pay on September 1, 1993 and continued withholding Arizona income tax through December 31, 2005.

Beginning January 1, 2006, Arizona no longer taxed active duty military and therefore discontinued state income tax withholding on this type of income.

The Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund was established on July 1, 2016 to refund Arizona income tax erroneously withheld from Native Americans who served in the military while claiming tribal land as their domicile from September 1, 1993 through December 31, 2005. During the 2017 Arizona legislative session, House Bill 2158 was introduced to amend the original legislation when it was discovered the Department of Defense may have withheld Arizona income tax prior to September 1, 1993.

Effective August 9, 2017, refunds may be claimed for years 1977 through 2005. The claim form and additional information is available at the following websites:

AZ Department of Revenue        https://www.azdor.gov/NativeAmericanVeteranIncomeTaxSettlement.aspx

AZ Department of Veterans’ Services
https://dvs.az.gov/nasf-native-american-settlement-fund

Key Dates

  • December 31, 2019: The AZ Department of Veterans’ Services will not accept claims after this date.
  • June 30, 2021: The AZ Department of Revenue will not grant refunds after this date.
  • July 1, 2021: Any money left in the Fund will be swept into the general fund.

For questions, contact:

Verna Johnson
Project Manager
602.258.4822
Verna.johnson@itcaonline.com

Dental Awareness

October 2017

Taking good care of your teeth is not just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath.  A healthy mouth may help you ward off medical conditions.

Tooth decay is a significant health problem for American Indians.  In 2014, more than 2.4 million American Indians lived in counties with dental care shortage areas, and half of all American Indian children lived in a shortage area. In fact, preschool-aged American Indian children had four times more cases of untreated tooth decay than white children—43 percent compared with 11 percent. Studies show that it appears the prevalence of dental disease among American Indians is increasing. Read on to learn more about how poor dental health can affect your overall health.

Poorly Controlled Diabetes: If you have diabetes, you’re already at increased risk of developing gum disease. But chronic gum disease may, in fact, make diabetes more difficult to control. An infection may cause insulin resistance, which affects blood sugar control.

Cardiovascular Disease: Oral inflammation due to bacteria called gingivitis may play a role in clogged arteries and blood clots. It appears that bacteria in the mouth may cause inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries. This inflammation may cause buildup of plaques in the arteries, possibly increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Preterm Birth: Severe gum disease may increase the risk of preterm delivery and giving birth to a low birth weight baby. Research estimates  that as many as 18 percent of preterm, low birth weight babies born in the U.S. each year may be attributed to oral infections. They suspect oral bacteria release toxins, which reach the placenta through the mother’s bloodstream and interfere with the growth and development of the fetus.

Nutrition: Sensitivity in the mouth or pain while eating caused by dental problems can affect the foods we chose to eat. This can result in elimination of entire food groups which can greatly affect our health. Be sure to talk to your dentist about any pain or sensitivity in your mouth during your routine checkups.

Start taking care of your oral health early on in life because you’re making an investment in your overall health, not just for now, but for the future, too. See the information below to find steps to care for your mouth in all stages of life.

Dental Awareness Infographic

Healthy Mouth –  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/

Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month

September 2017

This month aims to bring your attention to eating more fruits and vegetables, whatever that may mean to you. You could add one more to your plate, try a fruit or veggie that is new to you, learn about fruits and vegetables, teach your kids, or try a new recipe.

Why is it so important to eat fruits and vegetables? The American Indian population has among the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the United States. Studies have shown that among overweight adults, higher intakes of green leafy or dark yellow vegetables were significantly associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. More than 90% of both adults and children do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest dietary guidelines. Dietitians recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables.  Check out this link for tips to help meet this goal:

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/quick-guide-to-getting-more-fruits-and-vegetables

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National Breastfeeding Month

August 2017

Every year, ITCA WIC local agencies highlight the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding by celebrating National Breastfeeding Month.  This year’s theme of Sustaining Breastfeeding Together celebrates working together for the common good, so that mothers are supported and protected in their breastfeeding efforts.   It continues to focus on sustainable development to better the planet for the generations to come.  Breastfeeding can have a beneficial effect on many different aspects of sustainability that may not be apparent.

Environment and Climate Change:

  • Breastfeeding uses less energy compared to making formula. It reduces the need for water, firewood and gas in the home.
  • Breastfeeding is earth friendly compared to formula feeding with zero packing, pollution and waste! Making formula involves dairy farming that stresses natural resources and adds to carbon emissions and climate change.
  • Breastfeeding creates less waste compared to formula feeding. Formula production and distribution lead to waste that pollutes the seas and affects marine life.

Nutrition, Food Security, and Poverty Reduction:

  • Breastfeeding is a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children. It is affordable for everyone and does not burden household budgets compared to formula feeding.  Breastfeeding can contribute to poverty reduction.
  • Breastmilk is FREE.  Not breastfeeding results in financial losses of about $302 billion each year. Families worldwide spend about $54 billion every year on formula.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond provide high quality nutrients and adequate energy that can help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity. Breastfeeding means food security for infants.

Survival, Health, and Well-being:

  • Breastfeeding improves the health, development and survival of infants and children.  It helps to improve health and wellbeing of mothers, both in the short and long term.
  • Breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of breast and cervical cancer. In fact, 20,000 deaths due to breast cancer could be averted if mothers breastfed.
  • Breastfeeding is essential for readiness to learn. Breastfeeding promotes brain development and helps with learning.

Breastfeeding promotion in the community and workplace can help improve all these aspects, but it requires collaboration and effort.  The more it is talked about, the more effective these messages will become.  WIC works to promote a positive attitude towards breastfeeding.  Let’s work to promote breastfeeding to help the lives of mothers, children, our planet and future generations to come.

For more information regarding World Breastfeeding Week, check out the following resources:

National Breastfeeding Month Infographic

WABA – World Breastfeeding Week – http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

World Health Organization (WHO) – http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/

 

Hydration Tips

July 2017

Summer is here and so is the heat! During these hot days be sure to stay hydrated by following some of these tips.

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High Blood Pressure Awareness Month

May 2017

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and ITCA WIC would like to share some information with you. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, increases the risk of certain diseases and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and seventh major causes of death amongst American Indians and Alaska Natives respectively and yet many people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it due to a lack of signs and symptoms. High Blood Pressure Education Month encourages people to get their blood pressure checked regularly and to look at various lifestyle factors which may be contributing to high blood pressure. Check out the following resources to find out what you can do to control your blood pressure.

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5 Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure 
Warning Signs of Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest
Definition, Causes, Treatment and Prevention of High Blood Pressure

 

 

IMPORTANT: Postponement of Switching to the New ABC 2017 Exams

ITCA has postponed its use of NEW Certification Exams in 2017

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc (ITCA) National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program must postpone its switch to using the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) new 2017 operator certification exams. 

Until further notice, the ITCA Program will continue using the existing ABC 2012 Standardized operator certification exams for both Paper-Booklet Testing and Computer-Based Testing.

For more information about this postponement, click here: Postponement of Change

If you have any questions, please contact the ITCA Tribal Water Department at (602) 258-4822.
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2018 ITCA Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year

Attention Tribal Water and Wastewater Professionals:

Have you noticed a water/wastewater operator working in Indian Country…

•Going above and beyond their assigned job duties?
•Lending support to a co-worker or staff member?
•Providing assistance to another utility?
•Volunteering in the community?
•Going the extra mile in any form?

Then here’s your chance to acknowledge and celebrate their efforts and hard work. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program is requesting nominations for the 2018 Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year Award.

Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination to show appreciation for the quality and integrity of the work done by an operator of a Tribal water or wastewater system. Nominations should be submitted by those who have personally witnessed the great work of the operator being nominated.

The deadline for submitting nominations is August 3, 2018.
Award ceremony will be on August 29-30, 2018.

Click Here: 2018 Operator of the Year Nomination Packet

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2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition

2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition


2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition
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Large Vehicle and Bus Traffic Enforcement Training Notice

At the invitation of the tribe, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC) will coordinate a Large Vehicle and Bus Traffic Enforcement training with the tribe. ITCA TEC will deliver the 4-hour instruction on how to safely conduct traffic enforcement involving large vehicles and buses to law enforcement.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration “developed the training to provide law enforcement officers, who have a duty and responsibility to enforce traffic laws with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively conduct large truck and bus vehicle stops after observing an illegal and/or unsafe driving behavior.”

The following topics will be emphasized through presentations and videos:

  1. Observe — Identify traffic violations associated with large truck and bus crashes
  2. Consider — Identify safety considerations that apply before, during and after a vehicle stop
  3. Detect — Identify potential indicators of serious vehicle defects or criminal activity
  4. Review — Identify the documentation required for processing a large truck or bus vehicle stop
  5. Report — Identify the appropriate boxes to check when completing a citation for a large truck or bus

Click Here for more information.

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