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Testimony & Letters

The Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium (SGCETC) provides recommendations often submits proposals, provides comments, or makes requests on behalf of Self-Governance Tribes in pursuit of achieving the goals and objectives established in the Tribal Self-Governance National Strategic Plan.  Below is an archive of Congressional testimony and Administrative correspondence since January 1, 2016.

2017 SGCETC Testimony & Letters

Date Sent/ReceivedAddressed ToTopic/Issue
July 5, 2017House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
Testimony regarding H.R. 2662 “Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017”
June 27, 2017The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
Joint Tribal Organization Letter Re: "Tribal Priorities in Senate Healthcare Reform Legislation"
June 17, 2017Senate Committee on Indian AffairsTestimony regarding S. 1250 “Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017”
May 23, 2017House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies2018 Appropriations Testimony for the BIA and IHS
May 4, 2017The Honorable Senator John Thune
U.S. Senator, North Dakota
Comments on S.304, the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act
April 19, 2017The Honorable Sam Graves
Chairman
House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
Ranking Member
House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
U.S. House of Representatives
Letter for the Record of the Hearing on “FAST Act Implementation: State and Local Perspectives”
April 13, 2017Senate Committee on Indian AffairsTestimony for the Record of the Oversight Hearing on "Native Youth: Promoting Diabetes Prevention Through Healthy Living"
March 22, 2017Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Testimony for the Record of the Oversight Hearing on "Identifying Indian Affairs Priorities for the Trump Administration"
March 1, 2017House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment
Testimony for the Record of the February 15, 2017 Hearing Entitled,
"Examining Federal Programs that Serve Tribes and their Members"
February 27, 2017The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
Secretary
U.S. Department of Transportation
Request to appoint a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tribal Government Affairs, in the Office of the Secretary
January 6, 2017The Honorable Markwayne Mullin
Chairman
Native American Coalition
U.S. House of Representatives
Self-Governance Priorities for President-elect Trump's Transition Plan

2016 SGCETC Testimony & Letters

Date Sent/ReceivedAddressed ToTopic/Issue
December 20, 2016The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
Joint Tribal Organization Letter of Support Re:
"Preservation of the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act and other Affordable Care Act provisions serving American Indians and Alaska Natives"
October 27, 2016Anthony R. Foxx
Secretary
U.S. Department of Transportation
Request to Fully Support the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
February 8, 2016The Honorable President Barack Obama
The White House
Joint Tribal Organization Letter Re:
"Request for Support of Legislation to Provide Partial Relief to Tribes from the Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate"
September 13, 2016Robert Sparrow, Federal Co-Chair
Designated Federal Official
Federal Highway Administration
SGCETC Assistance to DOT Rulemaking
August 24, 2016Dave Archambault II
Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Efforts to Stop All Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
August 2, 2016Robert Sparrow
Designated Federal Official
Federal Highway Administration
Recommendations on Department of Transportation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Notice
July 26, 2016House Committee on Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs
Joint Testimony for the Record of the July 12, 2016 Legislative Hearing on the
"Helping to Ensure Accountability, Leadership, and Trust in Tribal Healthcare (HEALTTH) Act"
June 21, 2016The Honorable John Barrasso
Chairman
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
U.S. Senate

The Honorable Jon Tester
Vice-Chairman
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
U.S. Senate
Recommendations on SCIA Mark-up of S. 2920, Tribal Law and Order Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2016
February 8, 2016Senate Committee on Indian AffairsTestimony for the Record of the Listening Session on "Putting Patients First: Addressing Indian Country’s Critical Concerns Regarding Indian Health Service"