Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

2016 SGCE Webinar – in partnership with Hobbs Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP.

“Update on Recent Expansion of Self-Governance to Department of Transportation” (Jan. 11, 2016).

Description: On Friday, December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law, expanding Self-Governance beyond the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) for the first time ever.

The FAST Act authorizes of a version of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Tribal Self-Governance Program that Tribes have been advocating for several years. Essentially, the new law, requires DOT to establish a Tribal Self-Governance Program modeled largely on Title V of the ISDEAA and it extends Self-Governance to all programs available to Tribes within the Department (e.g., it would allow Tribes to include transit funding, discretionary grant funds, and federal-aid funds transferred by a state agency in their funding agreements). Additionally, because the provision is modeled on Title V, it provides Tribes with a tested and successful model to implement the principles of Tribal self-determination with protections provided under the ISDEAA.

This webinar on January 11, 2016 covered more about the recent expansion and next steps to implement the provision.

You can review the law here and a summary of the Self-Governance amendment here.

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