CIMC NEWS:

CIMC awarded a Fund for Workforce Equity Grant (November 21, 2022)

CIMC awarded Two Community Development Block Grants (June 6, 2022)

CIMC Elders Program provided Caregiver Training (November 10, 2021)

CIMC convened the 43rd Annual Membership Meeting (November 8, 2021)

CIMC received High Honors at National Native American Employment and Training event (September 29, 2021)

CIMC Participants and Employer honored at National Native American Employment and Training event (September 29, 2021)

Native Youth completed 7th Generation Coders Boot Camp (July 15, 2021)

CIMC awarded COVID-19 Community Health Project Grant (May 27, 2021)

CIMC awarded Together Toward Health Grant (March 23, 2021)

Illinois Governor appointed CIMC Staff Member to State Native Advisory Council (December 8, 2020)

CIMC hosted 42nd Annual Membership Meeting (November 12, 2020)

CIMC Executive Director received Honorary Doctorate Degree (November 12, 2020)

CIMC co-hosted Tribal Census Town Hall (September 17, 2020)

CIMC represented at California Workforce Association Annual Conference (September 10, 2020)

CIMC Youth Council Members participated in Census 2020 Virtual Youth Gathering (August 13, 2020)

CIMC Elders Program provided Van to San Pasqual Elders Organization (June 4, 2020)

CIMC CCDBG Program is supplying Technology Equipment to Participating Tribal Children (May 12, 2020)

In Memory of Eric K. Cooper (April 30, 2020)

CIMC Executive Director to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree (March 17, 2020)

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CIMC awarded a Fund for Workforce Equity Grant

The Fund for Workforce Equity, a new pooled investment fund led by Workforce Matters, announced 15 grant recipients that will each receive grants of up to $75,000 to implement initiatives that center workers and learners of color in designing or implementing workforce policies and programs. California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc., one of the 15 grantees from across the country, will receive flexible resources and support to pilot, innovate, or extend innovative strategies that can lead to systemic change.

Workforce Matters is a national network of grantmakers who work together to strengthen workforce development philanthropy. Drawing on expert and practitioner knowledge, Workforce Matters empowers workers, learners, empowers workers, learners, and job seekers to realize their full potential; dismantles inequities based on race, gender, ability, and other individual characteristics; and advances equitable education and employment outcomes for youth and adults.


CIMC awarded Two Community Development Block Grants

CIMC were recently awarded two Community Development Block Grants as part of COVID-19 pandemic relief.

The goal of the Sustaining Native American Economies Project is to assist individuals and or businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to create economic opportunities for the Native American community by increasing jobs, retaining jobs and or opening a new business. The project will provide stipends up to $5,000 a number of applicants throughout a two-year project period. Applicants must be a business with five or fewer employees or an entrepreneur who meets the low-to-moderate income threshold for microbusinesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (covid nexus requirement). Applicants must also reside within CIMC’s geographic service area.

The goal of the COVID Education Recovery Project is to increase succession in school and help Native American youth achieve graduation into the next grade level through an online education platform providing online courses, tutoring services, and GED services to improve their grades in subjects they are having difficulty with, learn at a grade level that is respective to their age group and or obtain a GED. The project aims to recruit youth students throughout a two-year project period and will work in partnership with GradeResults to fulfill project objectives by providing educational services to youth. Program services are available to youth aged 5-24 whose educational competency/attainment has dropped due to COVID-19 impediments, who meet the low-to-moderate income requirements, are at-risk students or non-traditional learners. Applicants must also reside within CIMC’s geographic service area.

Federal funding for both projects is provided by the California Department of Housing and Community Development through the Community Development Block Grant-Coronavirus Relief.


CIMC Elders Program provided Caregiver Training

The CIMC Elders Program provided Caregiver Training to 24 students on November 1-4, 2021 at the Pala Casino Spa & Resort in Pala, California. Students learned how to provide respite care to families who care for Elders in their home. Training was also provided in August 2021 in Sparks, Nevada. These two training sessions are the first ones provided since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

- posted November 10, 2021

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CIMC convened the 43rd Annual Membership Meeting
Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians VFW Color Guard opened the 43rd Annual Membership Meeting
CIMC staff welcomed Delegates to the 43rd Annual Membership Meeting

CIMC held the 43nd Annual Membership Meeting on November 6-7, 2020 at the Pala Casino Spa Resort in Pala, California. This meeting was a time for members and other attendees to receive information and celebrate CIMC's accomplishments during the past program year.

The annual event began with informational sessions on Friday afternoon from California Health Advocates, Pierce Health Solutions, Tribal Solutions Medical and the CIMC Together Toward Health Project.

Board Members Stacy Dixon and Jackie WiseSpirit were recogonized for 10 years of service and Barbara Bird and Tanya Estrada were recognized for 5 years of service. Robert H. Smith was selected as the Outstanding Board Member for Program Year 2020. A number of staff members were recognized for various years of service. Ann Kochamp and Charmaine Mix were recognized for 40 years of service. Member tribes and organizations received recognition for their years of CIMC membership. The Eastern Sierra Geographic Service Area (GSA) was selected as the Outstanding GSA for Program Year 2020 and 50 members were named Outstanding Members for Program Year 2020.

All sessions were available for virtual attendance and strict a in-person social distancing protocol was followed.

- posted November 8, 2021

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CIMC received High Honors at National Native American Employment and Training event

Dr. Lorenda T. Sanchez, CIMC Executive Director, and Jaynee Peters, CIMC volunteer, were each awarded the prestigious Chief's Awards, the highest recognition given by Ms. Athena Brown, Chief, Division of Indian and Native American Program, U.S. Department of Labor. Recognition was received at 41st National Indian and Native American Employment and Training conference. The annual event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 20-23, 2021.

In addition, CIMC was one of five WIOA Section 166 grantees to receive a Grantee Award. Dr. Sanchez shared this honor with the fourteen CIMC staff members from both California and Illinois that were in attendance.

- posted September 29, 2021

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CIMC Participants and Employer honored at National Native American Employment and Training event

Ms. Jane Roxas from the from the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, nominated by the CIMC Chicago Based Operations, received the prestigious 2021 Howard Yackus Award.

Mr. Lester Nelson, Jr. from the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, nominated by the CIMC Escondido Field Office, was selected as one of the four 2021 Outstanding Participants. Mr. Nelson was present to honored in person.

The American Indian Service of Chicago, Inc., nominated by the CIMC Chicago Based Operations, was honored as the 2021 Outstanding Employer.

Each were recognized at the 41st National Indian and Native American Employment and Training conference. The annual event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 20-23, 2021.

- posted September 29, 2021

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Native Youth completed CIMC 7th Generation Coders Boot Camp

The CIMC 7th Generation Coders Project delivered training in website development to 18 Native youth. The 5-day online Coders Boot Camp was held June 15-21, 2021 with seven hours each day. These youth, ages 16-24, received this opportunity as part of CIMC's effort to provide youth with a career path in computer science and technology. Funding for this project is provided by the USDHHS/ACF/Administration for Native Americans.

- posted July 15, 2021

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CIMC awarded COVID-19 Community Health Project Grant

CIMC received a California COVID-19 Community Health Project grant award from the The Center at Sierra Health Foundation in the amount of $112,119.00. Through this five-month project, CIMC plans to increase the dissemination of culturally-relevant COVID-19 information to Native American communities in California in hopes of reducing the rampant cases and the disparate mortality rate in Indian Country.

- posted May 27, 2021

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CIMC awarded Together Toward Health Grant

CIMC received a Together Toward Health grant award from the Public Health Institute in the amount of $500,000.00, through funding from a group of philanthropic organizations.. Project activities will include completing an educational and outreach campaign with 50 tribes, setting up a centralized testing hub at the CIMC Central Office, organizing and implementing a “train the trainer” program to increase COVID-19 testing within Native American communities, and organizing events to administer COVID-19 tests to tribes and partners.

 

- posted March 29, 2021

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Illinois Governor appointed CIMC Staff Member to State Native Advisory Council

Ms. Susan Stanley, CIMC Workforce Development Coordinator III at the CIMC Chicago Based Operations office, was recently appointed by Governor JB Pritzker of the State of Illinois to be a member of the Native American Employment Plan Advisory Council.  

Ms. Stanley, Ojibwe from the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, has been a member of the CIMC Team of Caring Professionals for nearly 20 years. CIMC is confident that her input will have a significant impact on the Native American community throughout the CIMC Chicago Based Operations service area in Illinois. The Advisory Council will definitely benefit from Ms. Stanley's knowledge and years of experience in Native American employment.

- posted December 8, 2020

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CIMC hosted 42nd Annual Membership Meeting

CIMC held the 42nd Annual Membership Meeting on November 6-7, 2020 at the Pala Casino Spa Resort in Pala, California with the theme #StillHere. This meeting was a time for members and other attendees to receive information and celebrate CIMC's accomplishments during the past program year.

The proceedings included the introduction of the CIMC 7th Generation Coders Youth Council by Gabrielle Mills, CIMC ANA Project Coordinator, and a presentation by representatives of Tribal Solutions Medical LLC. The Hooding Ceremony of CIMC Executive Director Lorenda T. Sanchez as she received her Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree was shared by video. In addition, a Emergency & Disaster Preparedness workshop was presented on Friday afternoon by Susan Morla, CIMC CCDBG Program Specialist.

Board Member Robert H. Smith was recogonized for 20 years of service and was selected as the Outstanding Board Member for Program Year 2019. A number of staff members were recognized for various years of service. Althea L. Boyd was recognized for 40 years of service. Member tribes and organizations received recognition for their years of CIMC membership. The Eastern Sierra Geographic Service Area (GSA) was selected as the Outstanding GSA for Program Year 2019 and 51 members were named Outstanding Members for Program Year 2019.

All sessions were available for virtual attendance and strict a in-person social distancing protocol was followed.

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- posted November 12, 2020

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CIMC Executive Director received Honorary Doctorate Degree

Hooding Ceremony

A Hooding Ceremony, originally planned to be held in May 2020, took place on November 2, 2020 in Sacramento, CA to confer the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to CIMC Executive Director Lorenda T. Sanchez. She is one of two 2020 recipients honored by the Trustees of the California State University. The ceremony took place at California State University, Sacramento and the hooding was performed by President Robert S. Nelson.

Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in areas that benefit humanity, CSU campuses, the state, nation and/or world. Dr. Sanchez received this degree for her exemplary contributions during her 45+ years of service to Indian and Native American communities.

- posted November 12, 2020

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CIMC co-hosted Tribal Census Town Hall

Along with California Native Vote Project and California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, CIMC co-hosted a Virtual Census Town Hall Meeting on September 17, 2020. This event was part of the Native Voice Network Week of Action. Community leaders and members were invited to discuss the devastating impacts that COVID-19 has had on the historically low count of Indian Country in the Census, as well as the impacts of the decision to reduce the Census 2020 reponse period by one month.

- posted September 17, 2020

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CIMC represented at California Workforce Association Annual Conference

CIMC Escondido Field Office participant Destiny Castellano, a member of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians, represented the CIMC Workforce Development Program at a virtual listening session on September 9, 2020. The session, Youth Voice: the Crisis in Youth Employment was hosted by California Secretary of Labor Julie A. Sue at the California Workforce Association Meeting of the Minds Conference - Critical Impact, held September 8-10, 2020. In addition, CIMC ANA Project Coordinator Gabrielle Mills represented CIMC as part of the Youth and the Road to Recovery virtual listening session during this conference.

- posted September 10, 2020

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CIMC Youth Council Members participated in Census 2020 Virtual Youth Gathering

CIMC 7th Generation Coders Youth Council members participated in the Census 2020 Virtual Youth Gathering in July 2020 hosted by Native People Count California. They each learned about the importance of participating in the dicennial 2020 Census while strengthening their voice to inspire California Natives to be counted. Youth Council members attending included Catalina Hernandez (Pascua Yaqui), Joseph Karr (Hoopa Valley), and Jeremy Hogue (Wintu). Other youth representing CIMC were Kellie Hogue (Wintu), and Syana Mills (Mono) along with CIMC ANA Project Coordinator Gabrielle Mills.

- Posted August, 13, 2020

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CIMC Elders Program provided Van to San Pasqual Elders Organization

The CIMC Elders Program recently presented a vehicle to the San Pasqual Elder’s Pride Committee to be used exclusively to transport and support the program goals of the CIMC Elders Program at the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. With the inability to provide congregate nutritional services due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the CIMC Elders Program has allowed all participating tribes to continue services by delivering meals to ensure the health and safety of their elders. The Elders Program staff understands the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has among Native American elder populations and we are dedicated to providing services in preventing, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19. Pictured from left to right: Al Cope, Stephen Cope (Chairman), Mark Schultz (CEO), Anthony Mota (CIMC Elders Program), Theodore Dingle, and Roberta Cameron

- Posted June 4, 2020

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CIMC CCDBG Program is supplying Technology Equipment to Participating Tribal Children

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the CIMC Child Care and Development Block Grant Program (CCDBG) recently began distributing electronic tablets and Chromebooks CCDBG participating tribes for distribution to their school-aged children. With the schools now offering distance learning through online services, this is a perfect opportunity for the children to have the required tools to help them continue their learning. The CIMC CCDBG Program also plans to distribute appropriate level tablets for children who are 0 to 4 years old. The CCDBG Program staff understand that talking, reading, and singing to babies early has a positive impact on brain development and when parents can incorporate technology effectively and responsibly, children who have early access will benefit tremendously in reading, speech, etc.

- Posted May 12, 2020

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In Memory of Eric K. Cooper

It is with deepest sorrow that CIMC announces the sudden and untimely passing of Mr. Eric Kyle Cooper on April 9, 2020. Eric recently completed 32 years of employment with CIMC and most recently served as the Field Operations Supervisor for the CIMC Workforce Development Program. Mr. Cooper, a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, will be remembered for his valued contributions to CIMC starting in Ukiah and then in Sacramento and Chicago. His commitment to creating positive change for Native communities has had a great impact on the lives of the people CIMC serves. CIMC send sincere condolences to his family.

- Posted April 30, 2020

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CIMC Executive Director to receive Honorary Doctorate Degree

CIMC proudly announces that Executive Director Lorenda T. Sanchez is one of the two 2020 recipients of an honorary Doctorate degree from the California State University, Sacramento. Her honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree will be conferred during Sacramento State’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies commencement ceremony in May 2020. The California State University awards honorary degrees to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in areas that benefit humanity, CSU campuses, the state, nation and/or world.

Ms. Sanchez is being recognized and honored for her exemplary contributions during her 45+ years of service to Indian and Native American communities.

- posted March 16, 2020

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