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Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians

Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians This is the official page of Indian Affairs' Bureau of Trust Funds Administration.

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06/08/2022

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SUNY - The State University of New York Upstate Medical University invites Native American or Native Alaskan students interested in a career in medicine and healthcare to a pre-admissions workshop!

✔️ Learn more at https://www.upstate.edu/prospective/paw.php!

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06/08/2022

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This is a real animal.
This is a real animal.
This is a real animal.

The star-nosed mole uses its nose the same way we use our eyes. Living in complete darkness, the mole relies heavily on its sensitive and fleshy tendrils to focus on and detect the movement of its prey.

Roughly the size of a mouse, the mole’s star-like nose has over 25,000 tiny sensory receptors, with over 100,000 nerve fibers supplying it. It's VERY sensitive.

Although few people ever see this mysterious mammal of the northeast, we promise that it's very real and very cool.

📷: Courtesy of Ken Catania ©

06/08/2022

Do you need help with your mental health?

If you don't know where to start, this infographic may help guide you. https://go.usa.gov/xGfxz

Interior Department Celebrates Ocean Month
06/08/2022
Interior Department Celebrates Ocean Month

Interior Department Celebrates Ocean Month

The ocean connects the world in a way that no other natural resource does. As we celebrate Ocean Month, the Department of the Interior recognizes the broad responsibility we have for maintaining healthy ocean and coastal resources, and the impact our work has around the globe.

06/08/2022

“Space. It seems to go on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you.” - Philip J. Fry⁣

Hmm. When we look up at a dark night sky, we are essentially seeing the same sky that humans have looked upon for thousands of years. The same dark and starry sky has evoked countless myths, art, literature and music from cultures around the world. It’s a timeless and boundless resource. Just watch out for the barrels.

Good news everybody! Nighttime views and environments are among the critical park features the National Park Service protects. Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nightskies/index.htm

Have you looked up at the stars while in a park?⁣

Image: Silhouette of a person stargazing at the night sky at Death Valley National Park, California. NPS/Weston Kessler

Check your mail  landowners! The  Program is back. Owners of fractional land interests have until 6/16/22 to return offe...
06/07/2022

Check your mail landowners! The Program is back. Owners of fractional land interests have until 6/16/22 to return offers. Have questions? Call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 & visit www.doi.gov/buybackprogram. The is here to help!

06/07/2022

Releasing into circulation today! The Wilma Mankiller Quarter is the third coin in the American Women Quarters™ Program. The reverse (tails) depicts Wilma Mankiller with a resolute gaze to the future. The wind is at her back, and she is wrapped in a traditional shawl. To her left is the seven-pointed star of the Cherokee Nation. Mankiller was the first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and an activist for Native American and women’s rights. https://bit.ly/3i9cwMI

Photos from National Mall and Memorial Parks's post
06/07/2022

Photos from National Mall and Memorial Parks's post

06/07/2022

Happy National Fishing/Boating week! Today we wanted to feature a traditional boat, a bull boat.

In our museum we have a replica bull boat. A bull boat is a small boat made from a wooden frame (traditionally made from willow) and covered with a buffalo hide. It was used for traveling, fishing, and transporting bison meat and wood. The entire boat would have weighed around 30 lbs. The hair was left on the hide as it prevented the boat from spinning and helped keep the water out. The tail was also left on and could have been used in tying multiple bull boats together.

The person paddling the boat arranged the load in the rear and reached over the front end to propel the boat. The total load was balanced yet it required a great deal of skill to operate.

When it was not being used as a boat it could have also been used as a covering for the Earthlodge in rainy or snowy weather. It would have been propped up over the smoke hole to allow smoke out and to prevent the rain and snow from coming in.

How does the bullboat differ from the boats we use today?



Photo description: A circular boat made of willow branches and buffalo hide)

Photo credit: NPS

06/07/2022

June is PTSD Awareness Month! Help raise awareness with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resources: https://fal.cn/3pbkC

06/07/2022

United States Indian Police Academy
Upcoming Training

Indian Country Corrections Officer Training Program Class No. 138
SEATS AVAILABLE

Training Dates: July 11, 2022-August 18, 2022
Registration Deadline: June 11, 2022

How to Register: Email or call Training Specialist Carma James at [email protected] or 575.746.5750 for a USIPA Training Application.

Eligible Applicants: Full-Time BIA / Tribal Correctional Officers

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06/07/2022

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Every year from late May to early June, tens of thousands of synchronous fireflies gather in swarms and put on a breathtaking light show at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Synchronous fireflies are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in the park but are one of only a couple species in North America whose individuals are known to synchronize their flashing light patterns. 💡

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Hoomes

05/31/2022

Mental health is health. The connection of mind, body, and spirit makes up the balance of our lives. Grace yourselves with kindness, love, and patience as you move through your own mental wellness journey, AND know that we are here for you always.

05/31/2022

The IHS is announcing allocation decisions for $700 million appropriated to the IHS in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. The BIL appropriates $700 million in each fiscal year from FY 2022 through FY 2026, for a total of $3.5 billion for the IHS Sanitation Facilities Construction Program. This funding will support crucial sanitation projects that will result in substantial improvements to clean water and sanitation systems in American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the country. Read more: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/05/31/ihs-allocates-700-million-dollars-from-president-bidens-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-to-improve-tribal-water-sanitation-systems.html

This week, IHS leaders are also on the ground in Alaska to see firsthand some of the projects that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will benefit.

05/31/2022

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial. As one of the most recognized buildings in the world, the Lincoln Memorial has become a symbol of the nation and has been the backdrop for moments of inspiration, demonstration, and celebration. Since its dedication in 1922, generations of people, myself included, have been fortunate to visit and make a lasting .

On December 16, 2021, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, I was ceremonially sworn in as Director of the National Park Service by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. As I reflected on Abraham Lincoln’s legacy that day, I was inspired by his ability to energize and mobilize others by appealing to the best ideals of the nation, while also serving not just as the leader of nation, but as a husband, father, and citizen. Lincoln was an imperfect man with a vision of creating a more perfect union.

As Director, I am incredibly proud to work with the dedicated employees of the National Park Service and have no doubt that together, we’ll continue to work to expand access to the outdoors, protect America’s most special places, and energize future generations to learn more about their public lands.

You can celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial with a variety of events and programming from National Mall and Memorial Parks and partners throughout the month. Learn more at: https://home.nps.gov/linc/linc100.htm

- Charles F. Sams III
Director, National Park Service

Image: Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III being ceremonially sworn in as Director of the National Park Service by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland in December 2021.

U.S. Department of the Interior National Mall and Memorial Parks

05/31/2022

Life can be stressful. 😬🙃🤯😰

If you are struggling to cope, or the symptoms of your stress or anxiety won’t go away, it could affect your health. Learn more at https://go.usa.gov/xfQKq.

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05/31/2022

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The Application for Advancing Native Students in Aging Research closes on JUNE 3! This full scholarship program offers dynamic training courses & career advancement opportunities over one week at the University of Minnesota.

✔️ More Info/Apply: https://bit.ly/388yrBV

This  weekend,  BTFA stops to  and  those who served in the U.S. armed forces and made the ultimate sacrifice. Read abou...
05/27/2022
Memorial Day in Indian Country

This weekend, BTFA stops to and those who served in the U.S. armed forces and made the ultimate sacrifice. Read about Memorial Day in Indian Country at Smithsonian Magazine https://rb.gy/zggqqd.

The call to serve in the U.S. armed forces has resonated for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian men and women from the country's founding to the present day. Veterans are honored at Native gatherings of all kinds, where they are often asked to perform flag-raisings, blessings, and t...

05/27/2022

Learn essential leadership skills! June 1 & 2, 2022 at the AIHEC Virtual L.I.F.E. Conference. Hear from OLC alumna Alli Moran.
Open to all TCU Students! First 100 registered attendees receive a $25 gift card!
Register at: https://conta.cc/3FlHrzJ

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05/26/2022

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In gratitude for their service, free annual passes are available for all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. http://ow.ly/Jb4a50IO1Yb

Photo courtesy of Adam Stump

05/26/2022

Join the IHS on May 31 from 4:00-7:00 pm CT at a rural health virtual career fair to learn more about available job opportunities across the agency. An IHS Loan Repayment Program representative will also be available to answer questions. Register today at: https://pmcareerfairs.eventmatch.com/ruralmay31

Tribal Court Training
05/25/2022
Tribal Court Training

Tribal Court Training

Trial Advocacy Training for Tribal ProsecutorsMay 31 to June 2, 2022Choctaw Casino and Resort Durant, OklahomaThis is a three-day immersive trial advocacy training for tribal prosecutors. The training is provided by Choctaw Nation with funding from Tribal Justice Support (TJS), United States Departm...

05/24/2022

MYTH: Water in natural bodies of water gets deeper little by little, just like in swimming pools

FACT: Water can suddenly get deeper than chin level from one step to another

Uneven bottoms, low tide shelves, ledges, or holes can suddenly increase water depth and leave you unable to touch the bottom.

when swimming in rivers, lakes, and oceans:

💧 Find out where to swim on NPS.gov

💧 Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children and inexperienced swimmers

💧 Always wear a life jacket to keep you afloat

💧 Learn more about swimming in natural bodies of water: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/healthandsafety/water-hazards.htm



Image: Graphic with two panels title "what you see" and "what you don't" above figures swimming in water with different water depths. Additional text, "water depths can change suddenly and keep you from reaching the bottom. Always wear a life jacket."

05/24/2022

United States Indian Police Academy
Upcoming Training

Indian Country Corrections Officer Training Program Class No. 138
SEATS AVAILABLE

Training Dates: July 11, 2022-August 18, 2022
Registration Deadline: June 11, 2022

How to Register: Email or call Training Specialist Carma James at [email protected] or 575.746.5750 for a USIPA Training Application.

Eligible Applicants: Full-Time BIA / Tribal Correctional Officers

About the Indian Country Corrections Officer Training Program:
Indian Country Corrections Officer Training Program (ICCOTP) is designed to educate BIA and Tribal Correctional Officers with basic techniques while assigned to a facility on federal or tribal lands. The program is designed to develop skills and core competencies of correctional officers in preparation of working in correctional environment. It includes instructor led classroom instruction and physical fitness courses to strengthen officer safety and security. The program achieves the BIA training standard for BIA and Tribal Correctional Officers. ICCOTP consists of four written exams, labs, and practical exercises. ICCOTP is six weeks in length.
By the end of the sixth week, ICCOTP will complete 252 hours of correctional officer training evaluated by written examinations, hands-on labs, and pass/fail practical exercises. Complete courses in Policy and Procedures, Correctional Security, Use of Force, Communication, Intake Procedures, Rights of Inmates, Suicide Prevention, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), Medication Protocols, Drug Awareness, Interviewing, Defensive Tactics, Baton, Taser, CPR, OC, and more. They successfully completed 10 hours of legal subjects, 24 hours of physical fitness, and 7.2 mile Rattlesnake Run.

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05/24/2022

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Splish splash, I was taking a bath!

You might not see it very often, but deer can be great swimmers! Deer may swim to find a new food source, avoid pests like mosquitoes, evade predators, and more.

Photo: Weston Renaud/NOAA

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