2014 SGAC and TSGAC Meeting Schedule

March 1st, 2014 Deadline to Participate in Tribal Self-Governance in 2015

The Office of Self-Governance (OSG) announced March 1, 2014 as the deadline for Tribes and Tribal Consortia to submit completed applications to begin participation in the Tribal Self-Governance program in fiscal year 2015 or calendar year 2015.

Tribes or Tribal Consortia wishing to be considered for participation in the Tribal Self-Governance program in fiscal year 2015 or calendar year 2015 must respond to this notice, except for those which are: (1) Currently involved in negotiations with the Department; or (2) one of the 111 tribal entities with signed agreements.

Application packages for inclusion in the applicant pool should be sent to Sharee M. Freeman, Director, Office of Self-Governance, Department of the Interior, Mail Stop 355-G-SIB, 1951 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20240.

For further information please contact Dr. Kenneth D.Reinfeld, Office of Self-Governance, Telephone 202-208-5734.

Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is Soliciting Grant Proposals

Monday, December 23, 2103, Assistant Secretary Washburn announced that that Office of Indian Energy and Economic Develop (IEED) is soliciting Grant Proposals from Tribes for projects to build tribal capacity for energy resource development.

The Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program provides Tribes the opportunity to increase and improve tribal ability to develop energy resources. Information about the grant proposal opportunities and requirements can be found here. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Proposals can be mailed or delivered to the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Ashley Stockdale, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., MS-20-MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240, or emailed to Ashley Stockdale.

If you need additional information about IEED and this solicitation please review this press release.

BIA/IHS Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Plans: CSC Update

Tribes have responded to Administrative requests to provide feedback and consultation on the 2014 Operating Plan required in the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Many have participated in consultation conference calls, written letters, and passed resolutions making three recommendations:

1) Fully fund CSC as required by the 2014 appropriations bill;

2) Hold direct service programs harmless; and

3) Continue consulting with tribes to adopt a long-term solution beyond this funding cycle.

Click here to see the briefing document prepared to for CSC consultation calls.


SGCE is seeking qualified candidates to fill the Office Manager position.

Job Description: The Office Manager will be responsible for all activities as they relate to planning, organization and implementation of the Self-Governance initiative. The Office Manager will be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of all records, daily financials, and correspondence as they related to the Self-Governance Communication & Education activities.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and CDIB card, if applicable, to Tami Snow by February 14, 2014.

Got Questions About Affordable Care Act?

Many provisions of the new health care law went into effect January 1, 2014. However, you may still have lingering questions about the American Indian/Alaska Native exemption or where to find health insurance in your state.

If that’s the case please visit the Tribal Self-Governance Health Care Reform Question and Answer page. Technical experts will respond to your comments and questions and post information onto the same page.

Please make sure to check this page periodically, as we will be updating information and developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section by topic/subject as the page grows.

IHS Aberdeen Area Name Change to Great
Plains Area

Based on input from Tribes in the IHS Aberdeen Area, a notice was posted in the Federal Register on January 10, 2014, that formally changes the name of the Aberdeen Area IHS to the Great Plains Area IHS. A copy of the letter IHS sent to all Tribes is here along with the Federal Register notice.

OTSG's Resources and Materials webpage is a great place to get educational materials! Click Here

OTSG's Frequently Asked Questions About Tribal Self-Governance webpage is a great place to get answers about Tribal Self-Governance - Click Here

Indian Health Service:
Dr. Roubideaux's Directors Blog

Indian Health Service:
Fact Sheets Webpage

Indian Health Service:
Press Releases - Webpage

Indian Health Service:
Tribal Leader Letters - Webpage


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