2017 Minnesota Indian Housing Conference

Native Housing more than Sticks and Bricks

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Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Check-in
9:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Ceremony
Rick Smith, Minnesota Housing

Welcome Address
Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
9:30 am – 10:15 am Keynote
Office of Native American Programs Eastern Woodlands
Mark Butterfield

Office of the Governor, State of Minnesota
Kate Perushek, Legislative Policy Team
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Sessions of Choice
  • Asset Management - Overcoming Barriers in Supportive Housing Developments
  • Annual Home Visits & Unit Inspection
  • NAHASDA - What It Is Today And What It Can Be Tomorrow
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch / Indian Housing Today and Beyond
Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Sessions of Choice
  • Permanent Supportive Housing: Reclaiming Our Space - Part One
  • Best Practices in development & Implementation of Tenant Policies
  • Partners in Single-Family Housing Development
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm Sessions of Choice
  • Permanent Supportive Housing: Reclaiming Our Space - Part Two
  • After Development Comes Compliance - Part One
  • Financing Single Family Housing
5:00 pm Dinner
FDL Dance Troupe

Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast / Opening Check-In
Linda McGraw-Adams, Red Lake Housing Authority
8:45 am – 9:30 am General Session: What's Happening at the Center for Indian Community Development
Nikki Pieratos, Federal Reserve Bank
9:30 am – 10:20 am Innovative Housing Ideas, Paths to Success - Tribal Leaders Panel
Robert Smith, Red Lake Band of Chippewa
Melanie Benjamin, Mille Lac's Band of Ojibwe
LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Sessions of Choice
  • Working Together as Tribal Collaborates
  • Best Practices in Development Portfolio Maintenance Design
  • After Development Comes Compliance - Part Two
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch / Making Positive Change - Recognitions of Special People
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Sessions of Choice
  • Personal Words from Residents of Supportive Housing Developments
  • Lending in Indian Country - Part One
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm Sessions of Choice
  • Professional Networking Stationed Visits
  • Lending in Indian Country - Part Two
4:30 pm Dinner
Live Exhibits of Beadwork, Maple Syrup Process, Wild Rice Harvesting, Crafting

Friday, September 15, 2017

7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 am Opening Check-In
Gayle Carlson, Grand Portage Housing Authority
8:45 am – 9:30 am Tribal Developments Showcase
Learn about the partnerships and funding sources that went into four successful rental projects both on and off-reservation: Bois Forte duplexes, Red Lake single family homes, Park Place of Bemidji, and Indian Neighborhood Club (Minneapolis). Projects featured include tax credits, HIB, and supportive housing. Learn how to make your next project succeed!
10:00 am – 10:15 am Hotel Check Out
10:15 am – 11:30 am Where the Future of Indian Housing
Discover the history of Indian housing and the Federal government’s trust responsibility for Indian housing, current demographic trends impacting Indian housing, sustainable housing development and the use of alternative energy, and funding options for Indian housing.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch / Closing