2014 SGAC and TSGAC Meeting Schedule

The Office of Self-Governance is Hiring!

OSG is hiring a Financial Specialist to work with high level Financial Specialists and Compact Negotiators regarding the allotment and distribution of all funds appropriated and transferred to self-governance Indian tribes nationwide.

The job announcement closes on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Click here to apply.


DEADLINE APPROACHING: Proposed Rule to Take Land into Trust for Alaska Native Tribes On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Assistant Secretary Washburn announced an extension to July 31, 2014 for comments on the proposed rule to take land into trust for Alaska Native Tribes.

The proposal would allow the Secretary of the Interior to consider applications to take land into trust in Alaska. The pertinent regulations are at 25 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 151, entitled Land Acquisitions, which provides the regulatory framework within which the Secretary of the Interior must consider requests and exercise her discretion to take land into trust. The exclusion of Alaska in Part 151 was put in place by the Department in 1980. The proposed rule to explicitly include Alaska has been available for public comment since May 1, 2014.

The proposed rule can be viewed online here. Written comments can be submitted via email at consultation@bia.gov, or via mail to Mr. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street NW, MS-7328-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240.


August 1st Deadline: Proposed Rule for the Federal Acknowledgment Regulations

On May 22, 2014 the Department of the Interior issued a proposed rule for the Federal Acknowledgment Regulations. The proposed rule reflects current federal policy embodied in the Indian Reorganization Act and seeks to codify the Department’s past practice under the Part 83 process to promote consistency and transparency. With the issuance of this proposed rule, the Department is again seeking input from tribes, petitioners seeking acknowledgment, and interested members of the public so that any reforms to the process are fair, timely and transparent.

Key features of the proposed rule would promote transparency by updating the Part 83 criteria to include objective standards; promote efficiency by requiring a petitioner to show community and political influence/authority from 1934 to the present rather than from as early as 1789; and eliminate the need for a petitioner to demonstrate that third parties identified the petitioner as a tribe from 1900 to the present. The proposed rule would make changes to the petitioning process that facilitate the timely issuance of proposed findings and final determinations. It would also allow an administrative judge to conduct a comprehensive hearing and review of a negative proposed finding.

There are several opportunities to provide public comments and written comments on the proposed rule are due on Friday, August 1, 2014.

To review the proposed rule, responses to June 2013 Discussion Draft and Frequently Asked Questions, click here.


BIA Office of Justice Services Hosts Law Enforcement Trainings

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services is hosting various trainings in Indian Country in the next quarter. Below are a list of the training titles, dates, and locations. Each training has an application/registration deadline and a target audience. Please review the hyperlinked flyer and application for more information.

Managing the Property and Evidence Room


August 19-20, 2014 Hopi Veterans Center Mile Marker 375.5, State Route 264 Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039

August 26-27, 2014 US Department of the Interior Building Medicine Wheel Room (3rd Floor) 2021 4th Avenue North Billings, Montana 59101

Employee Background Investigation and Adjudication Training

July 29-31, 2014 US Department of the Interior Building Medicine Wheel Room (3rd Floor) 2021 4th Avenue North Billings, Montana 59101

August 26-28, 2014 BIA Building 1 Conference Room #133 1001 Indian School Road NW Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104

September 9-11, 2014 Pascua Yaqui Police Department 7777 S. Camino Huivism Tucson, Arizona 85757 Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country


Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country

July 28-30, 2014 Cliff Castle Casino Hotel 555 W. Middle Verde Rd Camp Verde, AZ 86322

August 18-20, 2014 Isleta Resort & Casino 11000 Broadway SE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105

September 17-19, 2014 Coeur d’Alene Casino 37194 South Nukwalqw Worley, Idaho 83876

 

Take the SGCE Training Needs Assessment

In the coming months, SGCE plans to coordinate trainings based on the information collected in this needs assessment survey. To assist us in our effort to identify topics and programmatic areas where technical assistance and training is needed, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete the “Tribal Self-Governance Needs Assessment.”

You can access the survey here.


Support Mandatory Funding for Contract Support Costs

For the first time, under the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Self-Governance Tribes achieved full funding for Contract Support Costs (CSC) in Fiscal Year 2014. Since then, Tribes have worked collaboratively with the Administration to prepare long-term solutions to continue fully funding CSC in the future. One proposal, mandatory funding for CSC, has received strong support from Self-Governance Tribes, several regional health boards, and national Tribal organizations.

Due to increased interest in the proposal and a consensus in Indian Country, a white paper and draft legislative language was assembled for consideration by Congress. The draft legislative language presented in the proposal appropriates funding for CSC on a permanent, indefinite basis. The proposal also includes amendment language to exempt funding for CSC from any future sequestration of federal appropriations. The proposed language is meant for discussion and is a partial solution to the question of CSC funding, in addition to other efforts in response to Congress’s directive, including efforts to streamline and improve estimates of CSC need.

Senator Begich plans to introduce a bill that will implement the mandatory CSC funding approach by the end of this month and is looking for cosponsors. All Self-Governance Tribes are asked to reach out their state’s senate delegations to see if they are willing to co-sponsor the bill with Senator Begich.


McCollum and Cole Introduce Native CARE Act

Representative Betty McCollum and Representative Tom Cole introduced the Native Contract and Rate Expenditure (CARE) Act (H.R. 4843), a bill that will provide an additional 250,000 physician services annually for American Indians and Alaska natives through payment reforms within the Indian Health Service (IHS).

The Native CARE Act is the legislative solution Self-Governance Tribes have identified as legislative priority. The bill would result in more health care services under the Purchased/Referred Care program (formally known as Contract Health Support) for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are referred by the Indian Health Service and Tribal health programs to non-IHS facilities when necessary. Under current law, only hospital providers are required to accept Medicare-rates from Purchased/Referred Care programs. IHS continues to routinely pay full billed charges to non-hospital providers, which quickly diminishes the limited pool of Purchased/Referred Care funds. Under the reforms set forth in this bill, IHS would reimburse Medicare-participating providers for services at a rate that is no greater than what Medicare would pay for the same service. The Native CARE Act is a revenue-neutral proposal and is consistent with how the VA and DOD pay for non-hospital services.

Though the bill has several co-sponsors Self-Governance Tribes are encouraged to send letters to the Representatives asking them to co-sponsor or support H.R. 4843. The National Indian Health Board has developed a white paper on this issue and provided a sample letter for Tribes to use.

Each IHS Area Director will host a consultation to collect Tribal feedback. To learn more about the plan and read the letter click here.

Acting IHS Director Announces Plans for MSPI and DVPI Funding

The Acting IHS Director, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, sent a letter to Tribal Leaders on May 27, 2014 providing an update for funding Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI). The letter notes that in FY 2015 IHS will develop and open a new competitive application process for a 5-year MSPI and DVPI program that will be developed based on the best and promising practices, lessons learned, and evaluation data from the MSPI and DVPI demonstration/pilot phase.

Each IHS Area Director will host a consultation to collect Tribal feedback. To learn more about the plan and read the letter click here.


IHS Acting Director Provides CSC Update

The IHS Acting Director, Dr. Roubideaux, sent a letter to Tribes that provided up an updated on Contract Support Costs. The letter includes updates on past CSC claims settlement, CSC appropriations, distribution of CSC funding this year, and consultation on the long term solution for CSC amounts. During the Annual Tribal Self Governance Consultation Conference last week that Dr. Roubideaux announced that IHS has made significant progress on settling past CSC claims, especially since we have committed increased resources and staff and recently adopted a more efficient settlement approach.

A copy of the letter sent to Tribes is here and full text of the Acting Director’s comments are available here.


Acting Director Roubideaux Announces SDPI Funding Distribution

On Friday, May 9, 2014, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Acting Director announced that SDPI funding will maintain the same distribution as in previous years as requested by the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC). The letter can be reviewed here.


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