Dear SAIGE Members-
You have received your official ballot via the SAIGE Listserv from our Chair, Fredericka Joseph.
Bios and photos of each candidate can be viewed at www.saige.org under the menu item Board Members/Board Elections. Please take your time to review all the bios prior to voting. Voting will be open from December 10 until midnight Alaska time, December 20, 2017. Thank you in advance for participating in the SAIGE election process.
SAIGE Board Election Instructions
All Lifetime members, and full and student members in good standing may vote in this election. Your dues must be current as of December 10, 2017, in order for your vote to be counted. If you are unsure if your dues are current, contact Phil Hamel at Secretary@saige.org.
There are two Officer and five Board Directors to be elected this year. It is with great appreciation that we list the individuals who have accepted their nomination and are willing to serve if elected.
The Officer positions will be filled by the persons who are listed on the ballot. Director positions will be filled by the nominees who receive the most votes in the Director category until all vacant Director positions are filled. No write-in candidates will be accepted.
NOTE: It is very important to state your full name and location when you email the ballot, if not, your ballot will not be counted. The submitted ballots will be checked against the SAIGE membership list. The results will be compiled and reported to the Board. Upon the Board’s approval, the results will be reported to all members at SAIGE-L along with an announcement posted on our web site. If you have any questions, please contact the Elections Committee Chair at email@example.com.
To Vote: Using the ballot sent to you, put an X by the candidate that you wish to elect, save the file and forward it electronically to the Elections Committee. Please vote for only one person for each officer position and a maximum of 5 people for the Board Director at large positions.
Boozhoo! Enigokoodewizig (whole family in the ojibwe language), SAIGE,
Our SAIGE family is comprised of many nations and many cultural traditions. Together, we have shared the past 15 years fulfilling the mission of SAIGE. As part of our community, we are asking for your support as we look forward to a new year. You are SAIGE, you understand the value of what we do Please join us in helping to ensure that it can continue.
Please visit our website at www.saige.org and look for the “Donate to SAIGE” button on the right of the homepage. You may also send a check to Society of American Indian Government Employees ℅ Treasurer Sue Morris, at 17706 N. Peoria, Skiatook, OK 74070.
Where does your donation go?
- It brings our tribal leaders, leaders within federal agencies, and professional speakers to our unique, top-notch training program to offer insight on American Indian and Alaska Native issues and to promote better understanding of current matters that face us all.
- It assists native college students to come to the National Training Youth program and provides an experience with others that bonds them throughout their careers.
- It assists Veterans and active military who find a home in our Warrior Society, where they can share with those who have similar paths in life.
- It provides a web of support for Native people in all levels of government service.
- It supports the fiscally responsible day-to-day operations of the organization.
- It support our combined efforts to be a voice for native people in government.
- It supports native communities impacted by natural disasters such as fires, floods and hurricanes.
You receive many requests for your support this time of year. Please remember that SAIGE is completely run by volunteers who do this work because they believe in the mission of SAIGE and the people it serves. The donations SAIGE receives go directly to our programs and operations. Your donation to SAIGE during the month of December can be used as a tax deduction this year to a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
We are most grateful to you for helping keep SAIGE a healthy, viable educational service organization.
miigwetch, pilamaya, wado, thank you!
Chair, Society of American Indian Government Employees
On behalf of the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) I would like to personally invite you to the NCEPS Diversity Summit on Dec 1, 2017 in Silver Springs, Maryland.
SAIGE is one of the six partners that make up the National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS). Our partners are: Blacks in Government (BIG), Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), Federally Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), National Image, Inc., Federally Employed Women (FEW), and FedQ.
We along with our partners partners are hosting a Free one day Diversity Summit at NOAA in Silver Springs on December 1, 2017. The Diversity Summit will feature an array of Expert and Professional Speakers including:
- Dr. Zina B. Sutch, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, OPM
- NCEPS President Panel
- EEOC E-Race Initiative – Addressing Racial Disparities in the Workplace to Promote Inclusiveness and Diversity,
- Diversity Panel: Panel members include Dexter Brooks (EEOC), Richard Grant (NOAA), Fredrick Cheng (USDA), Natalie Veenay (OPM), and Kimberly Castillo (NCHEPM)
- MSPB presentation on Discrimination vs. Favoritism in the Federal Workplace and Sexual Harassment.
THIS IS A ONE-DAY FREE EVENT—A Ticket is REQUIRED.
Registration includes one Complimentary Luncheon. A ticket and government I.D. is required to attend the events.
Register Online at: https://nceps-diversitysummit.eventbrite.com
When registering please indicate you are affiliated with SAIGE.
Thank you and I hope to see your there.
Chair, Board of Directors
Society of American Indian Government Employees
DOWNLOAD FLYER: NCEPS Diversity Summit_120117
SAIGE is offering everyone who renews or joins in the month of October $25 off of their June National Training Program registration next year. SAIGE will be holding its 2018 NTP at the Oneida Radisson Hotel, in Green Bay, WI, June 11-14.
Before registration opens, we will send you a code to use when you register so you can receive that discount.
You may contact me directly if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being part of the SAIGE Family.
About the Event:
“We are Strong Nations”
National Congress of American Indians74th Annual Convention & Marketplace
400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203
October 15-20, 2017
Please note the current registration prices:
Youth: $175 (up to age 24)
To register and pay by check for the 74th Annual Convention & Marketplace, please fill out the Early Bird Registration Form and mail with your form of payment by September 22.
For more information, including the draft agenda go to:
Carol Jorgensen Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship Applications now being accepted
This scholarship provides funds to full time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in an environmental stewardship discipline, including environmental studies, natural resource management, the natural sciences, public administration, public policy, and related disciplines. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Now accepting applications – click here for application criteria and specifics.
SAIGE established this award to honor the memory and legacy of Carol Jorgensen whose service to her family, community, country, and Mother Earth was an inspiration for all.
Carol was Tlingit from the Yandestake Village in southeast Alaska and was part of the Eagle/Killer Whale Fin House of Klukwan. She served many years in public service, and at the time of her passing, was the Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s American Indian Environmental Office. She had a deep connection to our shared Earth and was a passionate advocate for protecting the environment and human health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Silent Auction at the 2017 National Training Program. The funds raised there are used to provide these scholarships.
Several Presentations from the 2017 SAIGE National Training Program, “Standing Together,” are now available for you to access. You may find them by going to the “Past Training Programs” tab at the top of the Homepage and clicking the link for the Presentations under the 2017 section at the top. Or you can just click on this link:
We have had several reports of the We Ko Pa Hotel stating that the SAIGE Room Block is full for the dates of our NTP. This is not the case.
The online Hotel reservation link is
https://reservations.travelclick.com/96432?groupID=1665011 You should be able to make your reservation with this link.
If you have any problems while trying to make your Hotel Reservations please contact the hotel at the number below to make sure you are placed in our Block.
SAIGE Group rate – $89 per night. Booking 3 or more rooms or using a PO? Contact Michael Tomlinson – email@example.com or 480.789.5324.
For difficulties booking dates before or after the Program dates, please make your reservations online for the Program dates, and then contact Mr.Tomlinson to book the additional dates.
PLEASE NOTE: This Tribal Consultation Training course will be held concurrently with the SAIGE NTP in the same location. It is a separate 3-day intensive with its own registration cost and process through DOI Learn. It is not offered as part of the SAIGE NTP. SAIGE is a cooperating partner that is offering to host this training at our contracted facility.
If you are a federal employee not employed by DOI, or are a tribal government employee, you can still attend this popular course. Please see the attached flyer with information on how to do this.
SAIGE is very pleased to coordinate with DOI University for this training at the We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center this year. SAIGE looks forward to working more in the future with DOI and the National Indian Programs Training Center to encourage employees to get the important training they need to conduct business with tribes properly.
If you have any questions concerning this course, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or April Gonzalez at the National Indian Programs Training Center, contact info on the flyer.
Thank you – Lori
SAIGE is now accepting nominations for the annual SAIGE Achievement Awards. The purpose of these awards is to recognize agencies and individuals (civilian or military), who through their personal commitment and professional initiative have made demonstrable contributions in recruiting, retaining, and providing career advancement opportunities to American Indian and Alaska Native employees in the Federal workforce.
Additionally they have assisted with the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native professionals, role models and future leaders. Deadline is April 14 for awarding at National Training Program in June.