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Tiwahe Initiative Consultation

September 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Indian Affairs (IA) launched the Tiwahe Initiative in fiscal year (FY) 2015 with six pilot sites. The Initiative is made up of several Human Services, Public Safety, and Justice program components, which work together to protect and promote the development of prosperous and resilient Tribal communities. The Tiwahe model is effective because it allows Tribes to create their own potential and provides freedom to design programs and integrate services within Tribal culture and tradition to produce powerful outcomes beneficial to Indian communities and the families living there.

IA is requesting Tribal input to inform program expansion in FY 2022 and FY 2023. The FY 2022 budget includes funding for two additional Tiwahe sites, and the FY 2023 President’s budget proposes an increase of $20.2 million above the FY 2022 enacted level to increase the number of Tribal sites participating in the program.

IA welcomes all comments, and will be specifically seeking input on the questions outlined in the Dear Tribal Leader Letter. Please register in advance for the virtual consultation session on September 12th. Written comments may also be submitted to consultations@bia.gov by 11:59pm ET on October 12, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Bishop, Policy Specialist to the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs at (202) 208-4709 or via email: meghan.bishop@bia.gov.


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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates


Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)