In this issue:

Behind the scenes: making an instructional video for Tribal communities

I first saw the village of Kotlik from the window of a small bush plane after an hour’s flight from the “hub town” of Bethel, over the tundra of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in southwest Alaska. My air travel began with an hour long 737 jet ride from Anchorage to Bethel. Kotlik is a small, Yupik community adjacent to the Kotlik River, which flows from the Yukon River. Kotlik faces many severe economic and infrastructure challenges. Like most villages, Kotlik is isolated due to the lack of road systems in rural Alaska. Read more

Operator training and testing collaboration equals an increase in certified staff

Many organizations promote water operator training, assist with operator-in-training or certification, or help those who want to increase their operator certification level. At Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), we believe this is a very important part of our work. Read more

Looking for a new and exciting career path?

Join our passionate team and make a difference in rural communities throughout the West! We work in diverse and low-income communities to increase access to affordable housing and safe drinking water, promote economic opportunity and job creation, and provide financing for community and economic development projects. We have several positions currently open in the western United States. Read about our job opportunities here

Community development loans available to Tribes, Tribal entities and individuals in Arizona and New Mexico

RCAC’s Loan Fund has low interest, long- and short-term loans available for Tribes, Tribal communities and individual Native Americans in Arizona and New Mexico for small business, housing and community facility projects. Eligible projects include: energy efficient affordable housing, infrastructure, community facilities, Native owned small businesses, sustainable agriculture, nonprofit organizations working in Indian County or with Native populations, and other mission driven social enterprises. For more information and contacts, download the brochure here.

Conference and Workshop Calendar

RCAP Outreach & Well Assessment

September 27 | 8:30 am – 12:30 pm


Hampton Inn Spokane Airport
2010 S Assembly Road
Spokane, Washington 99224

Improving water quality through training and technical assistance to private well owners’ will help protect public health and the environment. Having a successful well program means gaining the trust and understanding in the communities where you work. Learn how to form long and lasting partnerships and where to find available well resources.

More information and registration

2018 Tribal Water Summit

October 25 – 26

The Gila River Indian Community is hosting a two-day summit on Tribal water management issues, focused on developing water management programs and federal policy concerning Tribal water. The summit will be held at the Wild Horse Pass Casino and Events Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

More information and registration

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Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke

Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

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