Self-Governance Presidential Transition Priorities

Self-Governance Tribes assembled earlier this fall to develop priorities for the new Administration to incorporate as they prepare to for the next four years. Self-Governance priorities cross several Federal Departments and Agencies and seek to build greater partnership between Tribal Nations and the Federal government.  Learn more about Self-Governance Transition Priorities here.

Resources for Health Reform Congressional Meetings

Self-Governance advocates have developed the following white papers to support meetings with Congressional Members and Administrative Staff.

You can find additional information regarding the Health Reform priorities here.

2017-2019 Tribal Self-Governance Strategic Plan

Self-Governance Tribes gather regularly to set budget, policy and legislative priorities, goals, and strategies.  These priorities are outlined in the National Tribal Self-Governance Strategic Plan each year. A summary of the top priorities identified in the 2017-2019 National Strategic Plan are divided into three areas:


Budget priorities include program increases, legislative changes to stabilize appropriations for the Department of the Interior and Indian Health Service, and policy suggestions to increase leveraging power of Federal appropriations. Learn more about Self-Governance budget priorities here.


Policy priorities identified as priorities for Self-Governance Tribes range from updating current administrative policies to establishing advisory committees to improve budget development and distributions. More about Self-Governance policy priorities is available here.


Legislative priorities are critical to expanding and improving the Self-Governance program across the Federal government.  Self-Governance Tribes support many legislative initiatives, but they have identified a few as top priorities for the 114th Congress.  You can review the legislative priorities and associated strategies here.


Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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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)