Almost 18 years of tribal efforts have culminated in a historic advance for Tribal Self-Governance. On October 21, 2020, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act was signed into law. The Act amends Title IV of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), the self-governance legislation in the Department of the Interior (DOI), to conform it with Title V, the self-governance statute for the Indian Health Service (IHS). The new law not only fixes numerous gaps and flaws in Title IV but also creates administrative efficiencies by enabling Tribes to carry out compacts with both DOI and IHS under a similar statutory framework.
“After well over 15 years, we finally feel that these Congressional leaders are proposing legislation to advance our Self-Governance Tribal/Federal relations to the next level. We are optimistic that their collective support will expand upon the current legislative authority and further empower Tribal nations to rightfully govern their citizens and communities for the next seven generations,” said W. Ron Allen, Tribal Chairman/CEO of Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.
“Self-governance has been extraordinarily beneficial for Tribes to manage successful programs with the flexibility to utilize federal funds in a way that best fits the needs of their communities. Tribes are their own best stewards. However, serious gaps continue to exist that hinder the full exercise of Tribal self-governance, which is why I am introducing the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act,” said Rep. Deb Haaland, Co-Chair of the Native American Caucus.
“The PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act, which was first introduced more than 15 years ago, reduces unnecessary red tape and streamlines the Department of the Interior’s Self-Governance program. Our legislation, now a law, takes this program forward and helps restores Congress’ intent from when it passed the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act,” said Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Webinars and Videos
On October 27, 2020, SGCETC hosted a webinar to share detailed information about the PROGRESS Act and what it means for the future of Self-Governance at the Department of the Interior.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, leading the debate on the PROGRESS Act on the House floor. The chamber passed the bill under a suspension of the rules.
On July 16, 2019, Tribal Chairman W. Ron Allen testified before the House Natural Resources, Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States on the PROGRESS Act.
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Negotiated Rulemaking Process
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