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Draft Agenda for Training Now Available

April 19, 2018Loriblog

The SAIGE 2018 Planning Committee is very excited to announce the release of the Draft Agenda for the 15th Annual National Training Program! Please access the link below to download the draft agenda.

4-19-18 SAIGE NTP Draft Agenda

We encourage you to share this with your colleagues, friends, EEO and Training officers, and we hope to see you in Green Bay in June!

Contacts for information:

  1. Registration:  lwindle@saige.org   303-293-5082

  2. Exhibitors/Vendors: phil.hamel@saige.org or dmatt@saige.org

  3. Veterans Track/Warrior Society: Danny.Garceau@saige.org

  4. Partnerships: partnerships@saige.org

  5. Pre-Program Forums: Chair@saige.org

  6. Speakers: Jay.Spaan@saige.org 

  7. Youth Track: Brant.Joann@epa.gov

Award Nomination Deadline extended!

April 4, 2018Loriblog

The Board has extended the deadline for nominations for SAIGE Achievement Awards to April 14. So if you know of someone who is deserving of recognition in your agency or unit, please visit   https://saige.org/member-resources/scholarships/ to download the application.
There are many people who are doing good work who do not receive any recognition. This is your opportunity to change that.

BACKGROUND:
American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) employment represents 1.7 percent, approximately 30,010 (a decrease from 32,251 in 2010) of the permanent Federal Workforce. The purpose of these awards are to recognize agencies and individuals who through their personal commitment and professional initiative have made demonstrable contributions in the recruitment, retention and advancement of AI/AN employees in the Federal workforce, and who have assisted with the advancement of AI/AN professionals, role models and future leaders.

AWARD:
Awardees will be recognized and presented by SAIGE at the 15th Annual SAIGE National
Training Program, “Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience” being held in Green Bay, WI, June 11-14, 2018

CATEGORIES:
Following are the award categories for the Society of American Indian Government Employees Outstanding Achievement Awards.
One award will be awarded for each of the following categories:
1. Agency
2. Leadership
3. General Schedule Grades
4. American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager
ELIGIBILITY:
These awards are based on the following criteria: Nominees must have demonstrated actions,significant, measurable and visible achievements in promoting the employment of AI/AN in the Federal workforce. All federal employees are eligible for nomination.

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OPM Policy on Training

March 14, 2018Loriblog

In 2015, the Office of Personnel Management discontinued its practice of approving events as training, and delegated that responsibility to the agencies. Here is the Memorandum that defines what qualifies as training when an agency is making a determination to send an employee.

The OPM policy on conferences as a training activity is in 5 CFR 410.404. Information on this topic is also available at http://www.opm.gov/WIKI/training/Training-Administration-Fast-Facts-Index.ashx Determining if a Conference is a Training Activity.

Additionally, SAIGE has developed a document that details how its Annual National Training Program fulfills these requirements. Click HERE for the Special Announcement to Agency Heads and Training Directors.

We look forward to a successful partnership with your agency and to seeing you at our 2018 National Training Program.

Accepting applications for National Training Program Attendance Scholarship

March 13, 2018Loriblog

Good afternoon SAIGE members,
SAIGE is announcing that it is now accepting applications for its National Training Program Attendance Scholarship –
This Scholarship will include registration, travel and lodging for attendance to the SAIGE 15th Annual National Training Program, “Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience,” June 11-14, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay, WI.

ELIGIBILITY
* Any Members of SAIGE who are permanent, term, or career seasonal, Career Conditional, Career Federal and/or full time federal contractors. Individuals who have been awarded this scholarship previously are not eligible to apply again.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
See the information and the application on the webpage at:
https://saige.org/member-resources/scholarships/

NOTE: Deadline to apply is April 14, 2018.

Achievement Award Nominations now being accepted

March 7, 2018Loriblog
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 4, 2018 for awarding at National Training Program in June.
Please see the SAIGE website for more information and to download the application at:
https://saige.org/member-resources/scholarships/

Registration now open for “Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience”

February 26, 2018Loriblog
Registration for our 15th Annual National Training Program is now available.

Rates are as follows:
Early Bird until April 25 – $625
April 26 – May 25 – $700
Onsite no sooner than June 11 – $750

We encourage you to register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Please go to our registration site at: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/saige2018 

There you will find details on how to make your hotel reservations, transportation information and much more.
We look forward to seeing you in Green Bay!

2018 Youth Track Applications now being accepted

February 6, 2018Loriblog

SAIGE is offering a limited number of scholarships for Native college students to attend the 2018 Training Program,”Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience,” June 11-14, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The scholarships will include conference registration fee, airfare and hotel accommodations.

The Youth Program is open to Native Students between the ages of 18 and 25 who demonstrate they are currently enrolled in good standing at an accredited high school, college or university. Students must be interested in gaining a professional degree and in the possibility of pursuing a career with the federal government. SAIGE invites American Indian/Alaska Native students to submit their application form, letter of reference, proof of school enrollment, and completed emergency medical information form for consideration to attend the conference. A short essay about their interest in government careers and information about themselves is also required.

Completed application packets must be postmarked or electronic copies sent no later than April 30, 2018. To obtain a complete application visit our website at: https://saige.org/youth/youth-track-news/

We look forward to you joining us in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Contact: JoAnn Brant Youth Program Coordinator (202) 564-0375 brant.joann@epa.gov

 

2018 SAIGE Military Meritorious Awards Program

February 2, 2018Loriblog

From Warrior Society Director Danny J. Garceau:
The 2018 SAIGE Military Meritorious Award Program is now posted in the Special Programs/Warriors Society section of our website. This Awards program is open to all military personnel, DoD civilian and government employees who are veterans. Due date for submissions is 6 April 2018. Awards will be presented at the 2018 SAIGE National Training Program in Green Bay, WI.

You can review and download the Nomination form at  https://saige.org/warriors-society/

 

2018-2019 SAIGE Board election instructions

December 10, 2017Loriblog

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 elections@saige.org.

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.

Our Family, Your Gift

December 1, 2017Loriblog

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!

Fredericka Joseph
Chair, Society of American Indian Government Employees

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