National Strategic Plan

    2015-2017 Top Tribal Self-Governance Priorities

    In January 2015, the Self-Governance Tribes held their annual Strategic Planning Session in conjunction with the  in Washington, DC.  During the Strategic Planning Session a series of White Papers provided an overview of the top issues and proposed actions for Tribal leaders’ consideration. Based on those White Papers, group discussion and in put, and advisory committee input, the following budget, legislative, and policy priorities were identified by the Self-Governance Tribal leadership as top priorities among the goals in the National Strategic Plan.

    The following priorities and initial strategies are summarized quickly below.  However, the full version of the National Strategic Plan with White Papers includes other goals and initiatives, additional strategies, and distribution and communication plans. Click here to download the full National Strategic Plan.

    Budget Priorities:

    • Restore Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 sequestration cuts and exempt Tribal funding from future sequesters.
    • Authorize mandatory funding and fully fund Contract Support Costs and expedite payments to Tribes.
    • Preserve authority to include one-time or short-term resources in Self-Governance Funding Agreements.
    • Enact Advanced Appropriations for the Indian Health Service.

    Legislative Priorities:

    • Amend Title IV of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.
    • Reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act.
    • Enact legislation that strengthens and reaffirms the original tenants of the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Act, Public Law 102-477.
    • Expand Self-Governance authority to the Department of Transportation.
    • Permanently reauthorize and provide full funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
    • Enact Medicare-Like Rates for IHS outpatient services for IHS, Tribal and Urban facilities.
    • Amend ISDEAA to expand Self-Governance authority beyond IHS to other HHS agencies and programs.

    Policy Priorities:

    • Revise and streamline DOI and IHS Contract Support Costs policy.
    • Expand Tribal consultation on allocation and formula distribution of Bureau of Indian Affairs funding.
    • Foster greater transparency announcing new DOI funding opportunities.
    • Include IHS Purchase/Referred Care in all VA-IHS reimbursement agreements.
    • Institute a Tribal Advisory Committee within the Office of Management and Budget.
    • Update an IHS Facilities Policy that includes broad Tribal input.
    • Evaluate the Indian provisions of the Affordable Care Act and continue consultation to implement outstanding provisions.

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