Director Freeman Welcomes Shaunna McCovey to the Northwest Field Office

Sharee M. Freeman, Director, Indian Affairs-Office of Self Governance, would like to take this opportunity to publicly welcome Ms. Shaunna McCovey as Compact Negotiator in the Office of Self Governance-Northwest Field Office (OSG-NWFO) in Vancouver, WA. Director Freeman is excited at the talents and commitment that Shaunna brings to the Office of Self Governance. Her background in varied Tribal perspectives and broad experiences in coalition-building to address issues in Indian Country bodes well for her new service as Compact Negotiator.

Shaunna’s primary responsibility at the NWFO will be to negotiate Tribal Self Governance compacts and funding agreements. Shaunna may be reached in the Northwest Field Office by telephone at 360-699-1015. Her e-mail address is

Read Shaunna's bio here

Job Opportunities within the Office of Self-Governance

There are currently two job opportunities within the Office of Self-Governance. Please consider sharing this information with your Tribal members.

Financial Specialist
The financial specialist provides advice, guidance, and technical assistance to BIA Regional Offices, and to Federal and Tribal program officials and managers, on financial matters related to funds that are awarded to Self-Governance Tribes; collects, analyzes, and reports on budget and performance data; and assists Tribes with the Self-Governance Database which houses all of the Tribal financial accounts.

Click here to apply before the job closes, Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Financial Specialist Trainee
As a trainee, this position works with higher level Financial Specialists and Compact Negotiators regarding the allotment and distribution of all funds appropriated and transferred to Self-Governance Tribes nationwide. The incumbent combines fiscal integrity with strong interpersonal skills needed for problem solving, coordination, and program analysis.

Click here to apply before the job closes, Wednesday, September 2, 2014. Note the application says you must be a current federal employee. This was a posting mistake and the Office of Self-Governance is accepting applications from all qualified candidates.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: BIA Proposed Rule for Obtaining Rights-of-Way on Indian Land

On June 17, 2014 the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) proposed a new rule to comprehensively update and streamline the process for obtaining rights-of-way on Indian land. Initially comments on the proposed rule were due August 18, 2014, however after several requests BIA has extended the deadline to October 2, 2014 and announced a public hearing. The public hearing will be held by teleconference on Wednesday, September 17, from 1:00-4:00 PM, ET, at (888) 790-2010, passcode 1863865.

The current regulations were promulgated in 1968, and last updated in 1980. In December 2012, the Department issued final regulations comprehensively reforming residential, business, and wind and solar leasing on Indian land and streamlining the leasing process. BIA is updating the Rights-of-Way regulations to mirror those revisions to the extent applicable in the rights-of-way context. Highlights of the proposed rights-of-way revisions include:

• Eliminating the need to obtain BIA consent for surveying in preparation for a right-of-way;

• Establishing timelines for BIA review of rights-of-way requests;

• Clarifying processes for BIA review of right-of-way documents;

• Allowing BIA disapproval only where there is a stated compelling reason;

• Providing greater deference to Tribes on compensation for rights-of-way;

• Clarifying the authority by which BIA approves rights-of-way; and

• Eliminating outdated requirements specific to different types of rights-of-way.

Comments on this rule must be submitted by October 2, 2014 to For additional information please contact Elizabeth Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, at (202) 273-4680 or

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

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

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

Tribes Ask For Action Following IHS’ Reprogramming Request

Following an announcement from the Indian Health Service, Tribes have sent several letters to the Administration and Congress requesting inclusion of an anomaly in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY 2015 which would (1) appropriate an additional $48 million, available until expended, to fully fund the FY 2014 CSC obligations, and (2) would appropriate this same amount, plus the additional amounts as are necessary above the CR funding levels, to fully fund CSC requirements in FY 2015.

You can review letters from Self-Governance Tribes and the National Indian Health Board using the links below:

TSGAC Letter to OMB Director,
Shaun Donovan

SGCETC Letter to House Appropriators

SGCETC Letter to Senate Appropriators

NIHB Letter to House and Senate Leadership

Please review the letter and consider sending similar requests to the Hill for support.

Share Your Story Today: Win Advanced Appropriations for the Indian Health Service

Funding for the Indian health system is a result of Treaties and other legal obligations made by the federal government with Indian Country and should not be held hostage each year. Adopting an advanced appropriations process is one solution advocates are pursuing to assist Tribal and IHS facilities fiscally plan more efficiently. Advanced appropriations would mean Tribal and IHS facilities would know their funding levels one year in advance, just as it does for the Veterans’ Health Administration.

This might make sense to us, but we need help convincing Congress!

Please share some examples of how delays in funding or short term funding by Congress has hurt health delivery or hindered long term planning at your facility. You can send examples to Terra Branson.

To learn more about this effort click here.

Self-Governance 101 Training
September 29, 2014
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1701 California St
Denver, CO 80202
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.

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:
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Indian Health Service:
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