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Finding a career by helping others

Stacey Ecoffey

By David Michaud
Native Sun News Correspondent
WASHINGTON –Growing up Stacey Ecoffey was always donating her time to others. Whether that is on weekends or holidays, she saw the work her parents were doing and wanted to join in that.

Now that Ecoffey is the Principal Advisor for Tribal Affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services she spends all her time trying to make things better for other people.

As a child, the graduate of Red Cloud High School knew that she would be helping other people when she grew up, she just didn’t know how exactly.

“When I was growing up in the home that I did and with the parents I had I wanted to go away to school and come home and help my people,” she said. “I remember that I would go places with my dad and everyone knew him and they would talk to him and he would always know how he could help them and what he was going to do for them.”

“When I first thought about what I wanted to do I thought maybe a judge, like my grandpa. Then I got into the INMED program and thought maybe I want to be a doctor,” said Ecoffey. “Then further along I really like the community part of things and with my family we did a lot of community service so I thought about that.”


Keepin It Native Providing Solar Energy to Indian Country

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Patrick Murphy, CEO

Keepin It Native, LLC
5501 Eagle Rock Ave. N.E., A-4
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Dear Housing Commissioners, Executive Directors and Tribal leaders in Indian Country:

Greetings. Ya at teeh, Shi ei Patrick Murphy yinishye; Dibelizhini nishli, Kinyaa’aanii ei bashishchiin. Todich’iinii ei dashicheii, K’aa’hanaanii dine’e ei dashinali. Akoteego ei hastiin nishli. My clans are born of the Blacksheep People clan, for the Towering House People clan; and my maternal grandfather was born of the Bitterwatter People clan and my paternal grandfather was born of the Living Arrow People clan.

I am an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and work within the Solar Photovoltaic industry. I want to extend an invitation to see if my 100% Navajo owned company, Keepin It Native, LLC can be of service to your Tribally Designated Housing Entity and Tribal nation.

I would like to learn more about your housing authority/department’s plans to utilize NAHASDA funds to solarize tribally managed homes within your homelands. We are  also mindful of our Elders who may live off of the electrical system grid.  We have a four (4) solar panel system, off-grid system that can be mounted on a home miles away from the nearest power lines and produce electricity for household use. There would be no need for Environmental clearances, no need to disturb historic archaeological sites or other culturally sensitive areas. We can also offer a six (6) panel system as well – both recharge during household use.

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Visit my website: and allow us to present how we can provide the following service:

• Development

• Feasibility

• Engineering and Design

• Financing, Grants and Incentives

• Construction

• Project Management

• Sourcing and Procurement

• Installation

• Operations

• Maintenance

• System Monitoring

• Solar Marketing and PR

• Hire us to: Analyze your site, design your system, install your system and provide maintenance.



About Keepin It Native

Keepin It Native is about offering simple solutions to complex problems while remaining human in a world where everything can be manipulated. It is about staying true to the basic tenets in Solar Energy of providing systems that are efficient, cost the lowest price possible while offering systems that can be maintained with great ease. We work with the best electrical engineers in the southwest while providing cultural sensitivity in the design, manufacturing, implementation and maintenance of Solar PV systems. Keepin It Native is all about training and employing local members of federally-recognized tribes that spurs tribal economic development, keeping dollars within Indian Country. We may not win every, and all bids but we stay true to our word and our guiding principles, remembering the days of when agreements were made with a simple hand shake. We feel we are offering the future in the delivery of electrical power though solar energy systems for the home, office and community.

Schedule a telephone conference call soon so that we may be able to provide a service. Please contact me, Patrick Murphy at: (505) 715-3471 to schedule a conference call. If you wish, you can reply with an email message to me at:

I would appreciate it very much to be included on all tribal housing, community development RFP lists, Newsletter mailings, E-blast contact lists, etc. so that we may keep in touch through the future.

If you are an entrepreneur and think you would like to become a retailer, give me a call. Thank you.


For Immediate Release

WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1.9 million contract to a company in its Flatwater Group division.  The Flatwater Group includes companies specializing in federal business products and services for information technology, office equipment and furnishings, electronics and support services.

The Flatwater Group company, All Native Solutions, completed a $1.9 million contract with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe providing furniture, fixtures and equipment for a newly constructed building on the Reservation. This included the acquisition of furniture, fixtures and equipment; the installation of those items; as well as the overall project management of the contract. The building is scheduled to open this fall 2013.


31 US Reps. blast online lending crackdown by feds: commentary



By Jane Daugherty

A harshly worded letter criticizing a federal crackdown on online lenders who serve “tens of millions of low-income Americans”

likely will land on the desks of Attorney General Eric Holder and Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Monday.

Without mentioning the 16 online Indian-owned companies targeted as part of a cease and desist order to stop online loans by the state of New York earlier this month, the letter, dated Aug. 22 and signed by

31 members of Congress, demands that the government crackdown stop.

Citing harm to the poorest Americans – the usual customers of the online loans because banks and other financial institutions will not grant them loans or credit cards — the letter sharply criticized recent federal actions.


Feds claim tribal lenders NOT a target; tribes sue NY over crackdown

By Jane Daugherty

In the first positive federal response to widespread Indian protests over government attacks on tribal companies’ online loan businesses, U.S. Department of Justice officials Wednesday (Aug. 21) assured eight tribal officials that they are not being illegally targeted.

The Department of Justice’s Financial Fraud Task Force’s recent activities were “not directed at tribal entities short-term lending businesses,” eight tribal leaders were told Wednesday in a meeting with Deputy Assistant Attorney General Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, said John Shotton, chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and chairman of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA). Shotton participated with other tribal leaders in the meeting with Frimpong.

Also on Wednesday, NASFA, which Shotton chairs, sued the state of New York in federal district court demanding that the state stop trying to shut down tribe-owned online lending companies. New York’s attack on at least 16 tribal lending companies launched Aug. 6 was filed by former federal prosecutor Benjamin Lawsky, the new czar of NY’s Department of Financial Services.


State of New York Attacks Sovereign Immunity of Tribes and Internet Loan Companies

By Jane Daugherty

Attacking the sovereign immunity of Indian tribes, the state of New York has ordered Internet loan companies owned by the tribes to stop doing business with New York residents. The tribes’ loan companies generate millions of dollars for Indian education, medical care and other essential services.

Benjamin Lawsky, the new superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services, moved against the tribal loan businesses on Aug. 6, issuing a cease and desist order to 35 online and tribal lenders to stop offering what he called “illegal payday loans in New York.”

His action comes on the heals of catastrophic cuts of $552.7 million in federal funding to date for Indian health clinics, schools, housing and child care prompted by the budget sequester. Funding for the tribes was supposed to be exempt from the sequester, the game of political chicken played by Congress in its budget standoff with President Obama, but the exclusionary language was left out.


Sequester hits the rez

Pine Ridge is feeling the pain

By Anne Lowrey

PINE RIDGE — The Red Cloud-Bissonette family needs a new trailer. Frank, who is disabled, and Norma, his wife, are members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who live on the sprawling grasslands of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Despite their constant efforts to patch the seams of one of their trailers that was hauled here in 1988, rot and mold continue to climb up the walls.

The family has punched a hole in the ceiling for a chimney for their wood stove, a necessity given the harshness of the winters but a fire hazard in the dry climate.

A second trailer a few feet away, where some family members live, including a grandchild, has no plumbing or running water.

The Red Cloud-Bissonette’s are one of about 1,500 families on a waiting list at a local housing improvement program that was recently told that it is being shut down. “These are real, real low-income people,” said Andre Janis, the housing program’s director. “If we go away, a lot of people are going to be without these services completely.”


Jim Woods of Makah Tribe continues as EPA senior tribal policy advisor for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

(July 30, 2013 – Seattle) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Jim Woods, of the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay, Washington, will continue as the region’s Senior Tribal Policy Advisor for an additional two-year term.

Jim, or K’a’s•cak•a•b’lkh to the Makah, will continue to work with over 271 tribes in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, as part of an Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement with the Swinomish Tribe originally signed in 2011.

“I am pleased that Jim has agreed to extend his term through July 2015, and I am grateful to the Swinomish Tribe for their continuing strong support of Jim and partnership with EPA,” said Dennis McLerran, EPA Regional Administrator. “Our region has by far the largest number of tribal governments in the nation, and Jim has been key to helping us fulfill our trust responsibilities and work together to protect the resources that tribes depend on.”

“EPA has a unique relationship with tribes, as our common goal is to ensure we provide healthy and safe communities and sustainable resources in the Northwest and Alaska for today and generations to come. As EPA’s Senior Tribal Policy Advisor, Jim carries the voices of hundreds of tribal communities and members in a meaningful way to EPA and helps both the agency and tribes find common ground to advance tribal environmental protection objectives,” said Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe.

Jim will continue to serve under a renewed Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement, as the senior liaison between tribes and the EPA regional office, communicating tribal perspectives, trust responsibility, sovereignty, treaty rights, and self-governance to the Regional Administrator and senior EPA management.

One of Jim’s primary responsibilities is the regional implementation of the Presidential Executive Order on Consultation and Coordination with Tribal Governments, focusing on promoting effective and meaningful government-to-government interaction with tribes in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Before his appointment to EPA, Jim served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Swinomish Tribe, focusing on environmental policies, natural resource policies, and treaty rights.

Jim previously led the Sustainable Resource Management division for the Makah Tribal Council.

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Wounded Knee: Offer on the table

By Brandon Ecoffey

Native Sun News Managing Editor

RAPID CITY—On Sunday Jim Czywczynski owner of the national historic site of Wounded Knee met face to face with descendants of the Wounded Knee massacre and Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer.

The unprecedented meeting that took place in the Native Sun News office in Rapid City was attended by Czywczysnki, President Brewer, and four descendants of Lakota people who were present at Wounded Knee on Dec 25, 1890, and this reporter. On that tragic day in 1890 the United States Calvary massacred approximately 300 Lakota men, women, and children. The four descendants present were Carmelita Eagle Chasing, Phyllis Hollow Horn, Linda Hollow Horn, and Belva Hollow Horn.

The gathering which was prompted at the request of the descendants and President Brewer was both an opportunity for all parties involved to share their thoughts for the first time to Czywczysnki on his decision to sell the land at Wounded Knee. As well as provide for President Brewer an opportunity to put forth an official offer from the tribe on the land for the first time.


New NWIC building dedicated to tribal environmental research

The Salish Sea Research Center will be fully operational by July 1

This summer, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) will open a new $2.2 million building on its main Lummi Reservation campus that will take science research capabilities at the college to new heights. With the new building, students and faculty will be able to conduct environmental research that supports healthy, clean, and vibrant environments that sustain tribal people.

The new 4,200-square-foot building was aptly named the Salish Sea Research Center. The Salish Sea has sustained tribes along its coast for centuries, and now research at NWIC will help support the health of the Salish Sea’s waters and shorelines.

“While the name of the center contains ‘Salish Sea,’ we are by no means exclusively marine focused. We are also laying the groundwork for an outdoor teaching and research program for native plants on campus,” said Dr. Marco Hatch, Associate Director of the National Indian Center for Marine Environmental Research and Education (NICMERE), which is located on NWIC’s campus.


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