Thank you to the sponsors, speakers, and participants of

SWTHA Triannual Meeting
October 14, 2020

Click here for links to documents and presentations from the meeting.

SWTHA will continue to provide the most current information through guest speakers at the monthly meetings (every second Tuesday of the month). All members are welcome to join the monthly meetings via Zoom. The next meeting is November 10th at 1:00pm (MST). For more information, please email

  Save the Date!
SWTHA Triannual Meeting
January 26, 2021


SWTHA will provide updates and there will be guest speakers with pertinent information. Elections will be held, as follows:

  • SWTHA Vice President
  • SWTHA Secretary/Treasurer
  • AZ Representative
  • West TX Representative
  • NAIHC Representative

Please mark your calendar to join us for this virtual meeting.

Check back at for more information!


Every Native Vote Counts

Native Vote encourages American Indians and Alaska Natives to exercise their right to vote and works to protect voting rights across the country. At you can join the national campaign and get involved in the effort in your community.
The areas of focus for the Native Vote campaign are:

  • Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) and registration efforts,
  • Election and voter protection awareness and advocacy
  • Voter and candidate education
  • Tribal access to data

Visit for more information, resources, frequent updates, and news!

Click here for the Native Vote Infographic Brochure.

Vote by mail

  • Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  • Fill out the application completely.
  • Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
  • When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

Contact the Native American Voting Task Force for your tribe, click here for more information.

Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority
Job Announcements

Capital Improvements Manager

The Capital Improvements Manager is responsible for the efficient development, rehabilitation, review and proper maintenance of all houses, offices and infrastructure of the Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority (SDTHA), consistent with applicable SDTHA policies, Tribal Ordinances and Federal requirements. He/she is responsible for planning, coordination and supervision of personnel, work processes, procedures, procurement, annual and periodic reviews of housing units, cost forecasting and cost control as required by budgetary constraints, materials management, inventory control, and equipment use.

Click here for the Job Announcement.  Deadline: Until filled.

Maintenance Mechanic

Performs overall maintenance services remodel and rehabilitation work on housing managed properties. Performs installation and preventative maintenance, service, and repair on HVAC, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and structures for residential housing and buildings.

Click here for the Job Announcement.  Deadline: Until filled.

Tenant Services Representative

Responsible for the maintaining communication between the housing authority and participants of the housing programs. The Tenant Services Representative will ensure that participants remain in compliance with the housing authority policies and procedures as well as HUD regulations and guidelines. Regularly works on the computer working within the Housing Data System (HDS) tenant data base software. Also other work performed under the Tenant Services program and all other duties within job qualifications as assigned.

Click here for the Job Announcement.  Deadline: Until filled.

Healthy Housing for Native Communities
The Role of Architecture in Fighting COVID-19

Our guest speaker at the SWTHA August meeting was Joseph Kunkel, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and the Director of MASS Design Groups’ Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab in Santa Fe.  Model of Architecture Serving Society (MASS) is a non-profit company whose mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity. Joseph shared their latest document, “Healthy Housing for Native Communities”, which provides short-term design strategies and long-range design planning opportunities to help existing buildings better protect their residents during COVID-19 and beyond.
You can also read the article, “Overcrowding and lack of housing heighten the dangers posed by COVID-19”, written by Joseph and posted on The Aspen Institute website.

Master-Planned Community Coming to Pascua Yaqui Reservation

The Pascua Yaqui Housing Division endeavors to provide all Tribal members the opportunity to have an affordable and safe home to enhance the economic stability of the Tribe and its members.

The  tribes first master-planned community coming to its reservation southwest of Tucson means more than just housing. Dubbed Yaqui Square, it’s an economic vision for a sustainable and thriving community.

The Tribe’s housing department is putting a $19.5 million grant from the Arizona Department of Housing Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to develop phase one of a master-planned community: Itom Pohco’oria Kari’m (Our Desert Homes), featuring 50-single family, mixed-income homes with two-, three- and four-bedroom models. The modern, smart-homes will offer solar capability.

You can read the full story from Native Business Magazine, click here.

Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant Program

The ROSS  grant program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face. To help residents make progress towards self-sufficiency, HUD provides ROSS grant funding to eligible applicants to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of Public and Indian housing residents and links them to training and supportive services that will enable participants to move along the self-sufficiency continuum. In the case of elderly/disabled residents, the Service Coordinator links them to supportive services which enable them to age/remain in place. Funding of approximately $35,000,000 is available through this NOFA, HUD expects to make approximately 120 awards from the funds available.

Deadline Date: November 19, 2020

Click here for more information, and here for FAQ.

Travois Call for Projects
NMTC Can Help Fill Development Financing Gap

Travois will apply for a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation from the U.S. Treasury this fall. We need your input. In the application, we provide information about projects that can benefit from and qualify for the program. We want to hear your great ideas and set your development up for success! These examples will show the U.S. Treasury that tax credits should be directed to Indian Country projects.

  • Do you have an economic development project that needs help filling a financing gap?
  • Does your project have a minimum development cost of $5 million?

If you answered yes to both, tell us about your development. Fill out our Project Idea Form and call or email us at 816-994-8970 or
We are interested in a wide range of projects, including: health care, infrastructure, broadband and others. See our past projects here. Read more about NMTC here.

Region VIII AMERIND 2020 Scholarship
Awardee Announcement

The Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA) provides educational scholarship grants for Region VIII (Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas) funded under the AMERIND Risk Management Corporation’s Annual Scholarship Program. The goal of the scholarship grant is to assist in the education of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The grant may be used for post-secondary or graduate level courses at an accredited educational institution for a course of study that will result in an accredited vocational certification or degree.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Region VIII AMERIND 2020 Scholarship!

Eston Fulsom III, Mescalero Apache
Freshman, University of New Mexico

Kristiann Ferreira, San Carlos Apache
Junior, Arizona State University
Health Care Compliance and Regulations

AMERIND Safety Team Offers
Free online COVID-19 Safety Training!

AMERIND Safety Team is offering a COVID-19 virtual safety training for you and your staff. This training is designed to provide more information about the virus and tips to take to avoid exposure. Knowing what to do and what measures to take during these challenging times can help dispel the heightened fears that are naturally occurring during this pandemic.

Please call an AMERIND Safety Team member at 505-404-5000 to schedule a training.

The National Center Business Awards | NCAIEDWhat Tribes and Tribal Entities Need to Know When Procuring Personal Protective Equipment

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) has developed a comprehensive guide and accompanying website for tribes and tribal entities that need to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as future public health crises.

Download the factsheets – a longer, comprehensive version and a shorter version.  Visit the NCAIED website for resources and information for tribal governments, health agencies, businesses, and other entities that need PPE. The National Center partnered with Project N95, a national clearinghouse for suppliers of PPE, to develop the website and provide easy access to the vendor list, ensuring that organizations are purchasing PPE at a reasonable cost and from a reputable and reliable vendor.

Assistant Secretary Sweeney Announces
New Policy to Ensure Expeditious Processing
of Tribal HEARTH Applications

WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced today a new internal policy governing how the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) processes tribal applications under the “Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012” (HEARTH Act).

The new policy, which is codified in the Indian Affairs Manual, details the process for BIA review and approval of tribes’ HEARTH regulations.  The policy covers steps BIA will take from the moment of receipt in Central Office — when the 120-day statutory timeframe for review begins — to final approval and publication in the Federal Register.  Under the policy, tribes will receive written acknowledgment of BIA’s receipt of the application within three (3) calendar days.  The written acknowledgment will also state the due date of the 120-day review period and next steps.  Tribes can then expect to hear directly from the HEARTH Act Coordinator to discuss any issues or recommendations.

Click here to read the full announcement.

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HUD/ONAP and NAIHC Training


Click here for Calendar of Events and Training Opportunities

HUD’s COVID-19 Emergency Planning Toolkit

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere, and HUD is aware that your operations, staff, and the families you serve are no exception. Life during a pandemic is new to all of us, and we adapt and adopt new ways to operate. Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) around our country are juggling operations and the implementation of evolving guidelines to help keep staff and residents healthy. As you continue to practice new ways of doing business, HUD is here to support you and your organization. HUD’s COVID-19 Emergency Planning Toolkit can assist with identifying key areas you should consider including in your own planning.

COVID-19 Quick Guide: This document provides topics of consideration and information to help you develop strategies to address the impact of the pandemic on your community and stakeholders. It includes guidance on engaging your local partners that have a role in COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery and provides you with guidance on addressing the impact this has on your staff and the people you serve.
COVID-19 Interaction Playbook for Housing Partners: This presentation highlights promising practices for safe distribution and social distancing that my team learned from your colleagues—PHAs, TDHEs, and industry groups—compliant with CDC guidelines.
COVID-19 Guidance for Housing Partners: This flyer summarizes CDC guidance and some of the promising practices for safe distribution and social distancing further discussed in the Interaction Playbook.
Coronavirus Prevention: This flyer should be shared with residents to promote CDC guidance to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Guidance on Eligible Uses for Community Development Block Grant Funds to Support COVID-19: For more information, click here.

Wildfire Season in the Southwest:  As many of you are aware, June is the start of Wildfire season in our southwest region.  HUD encourages you to prepare now and visit

Office of Native American Programs
(ONAP) Notice


Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing

HUD’s Southwest Office of Native American Programs is pleased to announce the HHP Tribal NOFA has been published. Application Due Date is Aug. 24, 2020. The purpose of the HHP program is to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments identify and and remediate housing related health and safety hazards. This program will assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to develop comprehensive programs to identify and remediate housing issues that contribute to health and safety issues in urban, tribal communities. Click here to view the HHP grant opportunity.

Click here to view 2020 NFOA information.

HUD Publishes Guidance to Prevent Homelessness After the Eviction Moratorium Expires

On July 24, 2020 the Eviction Moratorium provided under Section 4024 of the CARES Act expired.  In response, the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) has drafted a guidance for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) that provides suggestions on how to prevent homelessness after the Eviction Moratorium expires. While the Eviction Moratorium applied solely to units that were financed under ONAP’s Section 184 and or Title VI loan guarantee, the toolkit provides tips on how to assist families that may be struggling to pay their rent and may be at risk of homelessness.

Dear Lender Letter 2020-10 – Extension of Foreclosure Moratorium and Administrative Flexibilities

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency, HUD is extending the foreclosure and eviction moratorium applicable to the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee program and Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee program through December 31, 2020. HUD is also extending the loan processing flexibilities originally issued in DLL 2020-05, and further extended in DLL 2020-08, through October 31, 2020. Please click here to see Dear Lender Letter 2020-10.

Dear Lender Letter 2020-09- Office of Loan Guarantee Fiscal Year 2020 Year-End Closure

This Dear Lender Letter (DLL) informs stakeholders when HUD will begin its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 financial closeout for loan guarantee programs, including the Section 184 Indian Home Loan program, the Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Home Loan program, and the Title VI Loan Guarantee program. The financial closeout process will begin on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Please click here to see Dear Lender Letter 2020-09.

Sample ICDBG-CARES Tribal Resolution

The Office of Native American Programs has developed a Sample Tribal Resolution for use to meet the requirements of the ICDBG-CARES Notice (Notice PIH 2020-11). The sample resolution addresses both (1) Tribal organizations that are applying on behalf of an Indian tribe, and (2) Citizen Participation.

ONAP Report Due Dates Extended

In an effort to provide some relief for Tribes impacted by COVID-19, ONAP is extending the due dates for certain reports. Click here for Calendar of Due Dates.

ONAP Environmental Updates
Modernizing CEQ’sNEPA Regulations
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published final regulation, Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 85 Fed. Reg. 43304 (July 16, 2020). This regulatory update is the first update in 40 years and the rule goes into effect September 14, 2020. Click here for the CEQ fact sheet.

Click here for the SWONAP Weekly Info Bulletin September 21, 2020.

Message from
Floyd Tortalita, SWTHA President

At this time all our communities are challenged to be proactive in defeating this pandemic.  We need to protect our communities, our people, and our beautiful culture.  Let’s remain united, optimistic, and respectful during this critical time.  As Native People, we pray to the spirits and remain faithful with belief that our Creator will help us through this time.

Blessings to all,

Floyd Tortalita
SWTHA President

A Message from AMERIND
Derek Valdo, Chief Executive Officer

On behalf of all of us at AMERIND, I hope this finds you, your family and your community well.

As our world continues to react and adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, we want you to know that we anticipate no interruption to any of the services we provide to our customers.

For our members that are Housing Authorities or Tribally Designated Housing Entities, AMERIND will reimburse up to $2500 for any prevention efforts to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We know our people’s past, and we have overcome great challenges not unlike present times. Our peoples have overcome before, and we will do so again. We are in this together!


Derek Valdo

Click here to read the full message and instructions for reimbursement.


Message from NM Indian Affairs Department Coronavirus (COVID -19) Tribal Response Plan

We’re all in this together. And we will get through this together, as one people.

You are leaders in this moment for a reason; how we collectively respond to this crisis has the potential to create security for generations to come. Now is a time to unite, to rely on one another, and to draw from the unique strengths of each of our communities. This is how our people have endured and sustained ourselves since time immemorial.


Lynn Trujillo

To download the Tribal Response Plan, click here.

To download Secretary Trujillo’s Letter, click here.

A Message from NAIHC
Tony Walters, Executive Director

NAIHC’s headquarters in Washington, DC is closed but staff are teleworking and available should you have any questions that we can assist with.

We would like to find out how COVID-19 is affecting your housing program, so please help us by taking this SHORT SURVEY.

Resources and updates:

  • Latest updates related to COVID-19 and the resources available to assist your programs: HUD ONAP’s website
  • Federal government webpages and resources: CDC’s COVID-19 website and the Indian Health Service.
  • Congress proposals to bolster national economy: NAIHC is working alongside many tribal organizations in Washington, DC, and our allies in Congress to ensure that tribes and tribal housing needs are not left out.

Click here to read the full Message.


Coronavirus (COVID -19) Guidelines

Every person can help slow down the spread of COVID-19. By doing your part, you can make a big difference to your health, and that of others around you. Circumstances are changing daily, and situations are different from Tribe to Tribe and State to State.

Precautionary steps recommended:

Stay home whenever possible
Avoid large public gatherings
Avoid all non-essential travel
Remain home (“self-isolate”) if you are sick
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily with regular household cleaners
Avoid sharing personal household items
Avoid touching your face
Wear a face mask when going to public places
Wear a mask at home if you live in a multi-generational home
Practice social distancing stay at least six feet away from other people

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.


Pascua Yaqui Tribe Recognized for Building Earth-Friendly Home

This house, built by the Pascua Yaqui tribe in Tucson, Ariz. from environmentally-friendly EF Blocks, is for sale to tribal members and is the first of what may be 30 homes to follow made out of a material used by several other tribes in Arizona for homes and commercial buildings.

A home made out of energy-efficient building material on the Pascua Yaqui homeland in Tucson, Ariz. may be the start of something big.

The approximately 2,000 square feet home, framed by material called EF Block (EF is for Earth Friendly), is a demonstration project for the tribe, which wants to demonstrate it can build houses using its own housing employees and that it can boost homeownership for those that want to live on the reservation, by selling those houses to tribal members.

Click here to read the complete story in Native Business Magazine.

Welcome to the Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA) website. SWTHA is a non-profit organization established in May 2009 representing Indian Housing Authorities and Tribal Housing Departments in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas, also known as Region VIII. SWTHA’s purpose is to assist its members in addressing the housing needs of low-income Indian families in the Tri-State area. We encourage your organization to join us for a unified approach in combating housing needs of our Region.

To be the voice for Tribal housing by providing relevant, timely information, resources and a valuable network for the SWTHA membership..

Region VIII Tribal Housing Advocate.

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