AIEA Educator’s Award Celebration

Please join the Arizona Indian Education Association (AIEA) in celebrating the many professionals who significantly impact American Indian students. On Saturday, September 12, 2020 we will be hosting our Second Annual Educator’s Award Celebration on a virtual platform. AIEA highly encourages you to nominate an educator who passionately and proactively supports American Indian students.

Nominations must be received by August 7, 2020. All awardees must be virtually present for this celebration event on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Awardees will be notified by August 28, 2020.

Award Categories and Qualifications 2020

1-5 Years Award

This award seeks to encourage those educators beginning their professional careers in Education.

6-15 Years Award

This award honors educators who have demonstrated leadership and mentorship that led to American Indian student success and achievement.

16+ Years Award

This award honors educators who have demonstrated a long commitment to serving the needs of American Indian students.

Founder Award

This special award is to honor any type of educator (teacher, principal, superintendent) who has shown a minimum of thirty years of dedication to American Indian students. Retired educators are welcome to be nominated.

Parent Award

This special recognition acknowledges the continued support of American Indian students from those in an official capacity, such as Tribal, local, or state officials.

Serving the Community Award

This award is for after-school/coach who made significant efforts to provide support for American Indian students and demonstrated leadership in promoting, defending, or supporting Native education. Nominee may also have supported and championed the success of Native students.

Unsung Hero Award

There are many people who devote time and energy into providing a rewarding experience on a regular basis to American Indian students. Please use this category to nominate a bus driver, cafeteria worker or other unsung hero of your school/district/education program.

Johnson O’Malley Award

This category is specifically designated for those professionals who lead a JOM program.

Language Revitalization Award

This award seeks to honor those who continue to promote and teach tribal languages in any setting.

Administrator Award

This award may be given to principals, superintendents, and other administrators who impact the education of American Indian students.

Nomination Packet

AIEA Award Nomination Packet

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For more information, please contact Jerri Thomas at Jerri.thomas@itcaonline.com

On-Line Data.Census.gov Training

Below are our training videos on Data.Census.gov. You can also view the videos on our YouTube channel: ITCA YouTube.

Tribal Leaders Water Policy Council Webinar, April 24

The following presentations are from the ITCA Tribal Leaders Water Policy Council webinar which took place on Friday, April 24, 2020. The contact information for each presenter is listed at the end of each presentation or please contact ITCA at 602.258.4822 if you should have further questions. Thank You


Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda

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Updates on Current Clean Water Act Developments Impacting Arizona

Updates on Current Clean Water Act Developments Impacting Arizona

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Arizona Department of Environmental Quality – Arizona Surface Water Protection Program

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality - Arizona Surface Water Protection Program

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Review of the Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead

Review of the Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead

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Central Arizona Project System Use Agreement – Water Quality Guidance

Central Arizona Project System Use Agreement - Water Quality Guidance

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2020-2021 Arizona Indian Education Association (AIEA) Student Scholarship

Scholarship Updates:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AIEA has decided to make the following changes to the current 2020-2021 AIEA Student Scholarship application process:

  1. Extend the AIEA Student Scholarship deadline to August 7, 2020 by 11:59p.m. in which applications must be submitted to AIEA.est2003@gmail.com.
  2. Completed applications received by July 17, 2020 at 11:59p.m. will earn you an extra 1.5 points on your score.
  3. The Scholarship Review Committee will be reviewing scholarship applications on a case-by-case basis as schools may be closed during the summer causing delays for transcripts requests. Please notify AIEA by email at AIEA.est2003@gmail.com or Jerri.thomas@itcaonline.com if your school is closed and you are having difficulty acquiring your transcripts or other materials.
  4. AIEA Student Scholarship Application

    AIEA Student Scholarship Application
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    AIEA Student Scholarship FAQ’s

    You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Arizona Indian Education Association’s Student Scholarships below.

    1. Where and how do I apply?
      1. Answer:
        1. Download the Scholarship application and evaluate the three scholarship categories
        2. Complete the scholarship application
        3. Gather all of the scholarship application materials and send them to AIEA by EMAIL to: AIEA.est2003@gmail.com
        4. Or you can MAIL your application to: AIEA Scholarship, 2214 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    2. What are the scholarship categories?
      1. Academics – Students with a GPA of 2.0 or above and doing very well in school
      2. Exemplary – Students who excel in many areas including academics, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the community
      3. Make a Difference – Students who may not excel in academics, but excel in other areas including extracurricular activities, artistic abilities, or involvement in the community
    3. When are applications open?
      1. Answer: AIEA strives to continually release the scholarship application in a timely manner as to release funds by the start of the Fall semester. For updates of our annual scholarship, please visit the AIEA webpage in the Spring.
    4. When will I be notified if I am awarded a scholarship?
      1. Answer: AIEA will notify award winners via email and letter by the notification date listed on the scholarship application.
    5. What is required for complete applications?
      1. Answer: The following are the needed materials that make up a complete application:
        1. Completed application form
          1. Please check ONE award
        2. Copy of tribal enrollment card/CIB from a federally-recognized Indian Nation
        3. Two letters of recommendation
          1. Letters must be from a teacher/professor, counselor/advisor, mentor, church leader, or community leader. Recommendations are encouraged to include cultural aspects and highlights of the student.
        4. Copy of your current school transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable
          1. INCOMING HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN: Incoming high school freshmen are to provide Middle School/Junior High transcripts.
          2. INCOMING COLLEGE FRESHMEN: Incoming college freshman to college and/or university are to provide High School transcripts.
        5. Typed double-spaced essay (2 pages, 12 point font) referring to the designated theme listed on the application
          1. Please follow the essay directions as listed.
        6. Curriculum vitae or resume
          1. Please include information regarding your received awards, student government or leadership positions, extracurricular activities (i.e. clubs, sports, community organizations, etc.), education/career goals, and role of culture in your life.
        7. College/University students only: Copy of enrollment verification from college/university office
    6. Can I submit “recycled” or “old” Letters of Recommendation?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept recycled letters of recommendations that were addressed to other organizations. Also, AIEA does not accept old letters of recommendations. Letters must be recent and addressed to AIEA.
    7. Can I have my Letter of Recommendation sent by my recommender?
      1. Answer: Yes, but it is the student’s responsibility to check with the Recommender that he or she submit the letter before the deadline.
    8. What should I include in my essay?
      1. Answer: To write an excellent essay, be sure to address the designated theme listed on the application. This is to have students write their essay in a personalized manner of what the theme means to themselves. The theme changes each year so recycled essays will not be accepted.
    9. Can I submit a “recycled” or “old” scholarship essay?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept recycled student essays that were addressed to other organizations. Also, AIEA does not accept old student essays. Essays must address AIEA and must address the theme listed on the application.
    10. Can I apply even if I am attending an out-of-state school?
      1. Answer: No, AIEA does not accept applications from students that are attending or will be attending a school or college/university outside the state of Arizona. This scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona school or college/university.
    11. Can I apply even if I am a member of an Arizona-federally recognized tribe that is attending an out-of-state school/college?
      1. Answer: No. This scholarship is intended for students currently living in Arizona who are attending or will be attending an Arizona school or college/university.
    12. Does my transcript(s) have to be official?
      1. Answer: No, a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) is acceptable.
    13. Do the College scholarships fund certificate programs, vocational, or trade school?
      1. Answer: No. The College scholarships only fund degree-seeking students who are attending an Arizona school or college/university.

    Other Helpful Tips

    1. Contacting the Arizona Indian Education Association to confirm we have received your scholarship application materials is completely acceptable and encouraged to ensure your scholarship application is complete.
    2. Typed double-spaced essay (2 pages, 12 point font) referring to the designated theme listed on the application
      1. Follow the instructions and answer the prompt
      2. Use professional language
      3. Make sure to check spelling and grammar before submitting
      4. Have a teacher, professor, or writing tutor read over your essay for quality, organization, and readability
    3. Submitting your application
      1. For the fastest way to submit your application, please email the completed application to AIEA.est2003@gmail.com
    4. Have more questions about the AIEA Student Scholarship?
      1. Please email Ms. Jerri Thomas at Jerri.thomas@itcaonline.com or call (480) 452-4867.

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COVID-19 Case Report Forms and Data Tools (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona)

CDC Epi Info™ Case Reporting

CDC Microsoft® Office Excel Case Reporting

ADHS Epi Info™ Case Reporting

ADHS Microsoft® Office Excel Case Reporting

Link to Epi Info™ CDC Site:

Epi_info

Updated April 3, 2020

On-Line Google Earth™ Training

Below are our training videos on Google Earth™. You can also view the videos on our YouTube channel: ITCA YouTube.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Year 2019 *IMPORTANT*

The ITCA, acting on behalf of concern for the safety of all community members and volunteers, has made the difficult decision to close the VITA site for the remaining tax season due to the ongoing concern of the corona-virus (COVID-19).

We apologize for any inconvenience this closure will cause. To assist with your income tax filing needs, the following websites have information on how to complete and file your federal and state income tax returns:

https://www.irs.gov

https://www.myfreetaxes.com

  • Free filing for every household with a simple return. See below for additional information.

City of Phoenix VITA sites:

For additional locations throughout the state, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at (800) 906-9887 or visit http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to confirm site locations and hours of operation.

Income Tax Filing Deadline Update

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.

Please Note: Taxpayers who need to file a return for tax year 2016 must file by April 15, 2020.

Economic Impact Payments

U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or Head of Household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number. The payment amount will be based on the adjusted gross income. In addition, based on eligibility, $500 per qualifying child will be included in the payment.

For most taxpayers, payments are automatic, and no further action is needed. This includes taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.

If you don’t usually file a tax return, submit your information here to get the Economic Impact Payment:

If you receive veterans disability compensation, a pension, or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or your income level does not require you to file a tax return, then you need to submit information to the IRS to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

Complete the free online form so that the IRS can identify you and your dependents, and receive valid direct deposit and address information about you. This information allows the IRS to calculate your eligibility and send you the Economic Impact Payment.

Do NOT use this form if:

  • You receive Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or SSDI benefits. The IRS will automatically send you an Economic Impact Payment.
  • You have already filed a 2019 federal income tax return.
  • Your 2019 gross income exceeded $12,200 ($24,400 for a married couple) or other reasons require you to file a 2019 federal tax return.
  • You were married at the end of 2019 and are not submitting information here with your spouse.
  • You were not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident in 2019.

Avoid Scams

The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the Economic Impact Payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. Remember, the IRS will not call you, text you, email you, or contact you on social media asking for personal or bank account information – even related to the Economic Impact Payments. Also, watch out for emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about Economic Impact Payments or refunds.

For additional information, please visit the following link: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center

My Free Taxes

The United Way in partnership with H&R Block is offering an online tax preparation software for service for qualified individuals to prepare their own federal and state income tax returns.  The service is free for simple returns which include forms for the following:

  • W-2 Income
  • Limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV
  • Student education expense
  • Unemployment income
  • Student education credits
  • Student loan interest
  • Claiming the standard deduction
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Child tax credits
  • Child and dependent care expenses

Some forms are not supported by My Free Taxes and require a fee. For a complete listing of what forms are supported (free) or not supported (fee), CLICK HERE.

Additional information is available at http://www.myfreetaxes.com.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Services Guide

For information on general tax law, getting a transcript or a copy of return, making a tax payment, or checking on status of a return, the guide is available at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5136.pdf.

 

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Waste Diversion Training, September

Location:  San Carlos Apache Tribe
Date:  September, 2019

This is a one day training to help you determine how much of your waste you can divert, how to calculate your diverted waste, and the status of the waste from other municipalities being diverted.

For more information, contact:

Brian Davidson, Solid Waste Environmental Coordinator
(602) 258-4822

Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area IHS Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Poco Diablo Resort
1752 State Route 179
Sedona AZ 86336

PURPOSE: The Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service (IHS) was officially confirmed in 1984 via a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Everett Rhodes, IHS Director, Dr. George Bluespruce, Phoenix Area IHS Director and Tribal Leaders representing the Intertribal Council of Nevada, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Tribes in Utah served by Phoenix Area IHS. The Committee is comprised of elected Tribal Leaders and an Urban Indian health program representative. It provides advisement to the IHS on appropriations, policies and programs. Steering Committee meetings are open to all Tribal government and Urban Indian health program representatives. The meetings focus on American Indian health risks and policy concerns in order to discuss, prioritize and advise the Phoenix Area IHS.

Meeting Summary

Phoenix Area Strategic Plan 2018-2019
National and Phoenix Area Strategic Plan

Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service CHARTER

Phoenix Area Health Services Master Plan

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Issue Letter
Tribal Technical Advisory Group Memo on Civil Rights Concerns

MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS: STATE APPROACHES IN THE PHOENIX AREA

ADDRESSING THE OPIOID CRISIS IN INDIAN COUNTRY Briefing Paper
TRIBAL OPIOID LEGISLATION – 115TH U.S. CONGRESS (2017-2018)

CHR ADVOCACY PACKET