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Indian Nations Client Update - September 2010

September 09, 2010

HUD Renewable Energy Summit in Reno September 8-10
HUD's Office of Native American Programs will host its "Greener Homes National Summit" September 8-10, 2010 at the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno, NV. John Clancy, a leader of G&K's Energy and Envronmental Law team, will present on "Tribal Energy Independence" September 8th and participate on a "Financing Alternative Energy Projects" panel September 10th. For more information about Godfrey & Kahn's Indian country services regarding renewable energy development and financing, contact John Clancy, Brian Pierson or Carl Artman.

Indian Summer Festival To Be Held on the Milwaukee Lakefront September 10-12
In its 24th year, Indian Summer is a celebration of Native culture featuring a competition pow-wow, entertainment (including Navajo singer Victoria Blackie, Eagle and Hawk, Moses Brings Plenty, Morgan Creek Rez Ban, Wade Fernandez and many other performers), Circle of Art (featuring original works by Native artists,) Indian Villages (featuring wigwams, longhouses, and tipis), lacrosse, arts & crafts, music, fry bread and buffalo burgers, the sky glider, the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan, and much more. Godfrey & Kahn is a proud sponsor of Indian Summer, the world's greatest Indian cultural festival.

HUD Announces Availability of Indian Community Development Block Grants
On August 24th, HUD announced the availability of $65 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) funds. The ICDBG Program is a set-aside portion of the larger Community Development Block Grant Program. Single-purpose grants may be used for a broad range of housing, infrastructure and economic development purposes, including housing rehabilitation, land acquisition to support new housing construction, roads, water, sewer and community buildings, as well as commercial, industrial and agricultural projects that may be owned and operated by the recipient or by a third party. A total of $3.96 million is set aside for "imminent threats" (e.g., health hazard caused by natural disaster). ICDBG funds may be used for new construction of residential housing only as a last resort for relocation of displaced persons or for projects carried out by community-based development organizations. ICDBG funds can, however, be used for homeownership assistance to low- and moderate-income households, including (1) subsidizing interest rates and mortgage principal amounts for low- and moderate-income homebuyers, (2) financing the acquisition by low- and moderate-income homebuyers of housing that they occupy, (3) ) providing downpayment assistance to low- and moderate-income homebuyers, and (5) paying reasonable closing costs (normally associated with the purchase of a home) incurred by a low- or moderate-income homebuyer.

Godfrey & Kahn has assisted tribes in preparing applications for ICDBG funds. For more information, contact Brian Pierson.

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