Self-Governance Tribal leaders and technical experts provide information, education, advocacy, and policy guidance for the implementation of Self-Governance within the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Indian Health Service (IHS) through regular meetings and communication with the Federal leadership. The DOI Self-Governance Advisory Committee (SGAC) advises the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs on issues related to Self-Governance within the Department, while the IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee (TSGAC) advises the IHS Director regarding Tribal Health Programs. Together the advisory committees also serve as liaisons for Self-Governance Tribes on policy, legislative, budget and program discussions and decision-making actions that affect Self-Governance Tribes collectively.
DOI Self-Governance Advisory Committee
The Department of the Interior’s Self-Governance Advisory Committee (SGAC) was formally sanctioned by the Assistant Secretary – Bureau of Indian Affairs (ASIA) in 1998, which provides the opportunity for Self-Governance Tribal governments to have input on the implementation of the Title IV amendments within the Department of the Interior. SGAC is comprised of Self-Governance Tribal representatives from the ten Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regions with Self-Governance Tribes. Click here to learn more about SGAC’s responsibility, membership, and recommendations.
IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee
At the recommendation of the Self-Governance Tribes, representatives from the Self-Governance Tribes and Indian Health Service staff developed guidelines for establishment of a Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee (TSGAC). After review and revision, the TSGAC guidelines were approved by the Director, Indian Health Service, on April 23, 1996 and formally adopted by TSGAC on July 10, 1996. Passage of Title V, The Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000 (P.L. 106-260) and the subsequent promulgation of the Title V regulations, published in the Federal Register on Friday, May 17, 2002, further strengthen the role of the TSGAC in implementing this Act. Click here to learn more about TSGAC’s responsibility, membership and recommendations.