On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, President Trump released his budget request for FY2018. For Self-Governance Tribes, generally, the request would likely mean direct cuts to current programs. A preliminary analysis of the FY2018 Budget compared to the FY2017 Omnibus for Indian Health Service (IHS) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is provided below.
Though Congress has already hosted many hearings regarding FY2018 appropriations, including the hearing last week for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Self-Governance Tribes should still reach out to their Congressional members to urge them to fulfill the Trust Responsibility and to protect Tribal program funding from the cuts proposed in the President’s budget request.
- The National Congress of Americans has created an advocacy toolkit that may be helpful during opportunities to reach out to your Congressional Member or a member of the Appropriations Committee.
- The National Indian Health Board also has talking points specific to Indian Health Appropriations.
- SGCETC also submitted testimony to the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.
Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education
The FY2018 President’s Budget proposes a $303 million reduction, or 10.9% cut compared to the FY 2017 Annualized CR or a 13% cut compared to the FY2017 Omnibus, to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) combined budgets.
The request significantly decreases funding for Human Services, Natural Resources, and Construction and proposes to eliminate several programs:
- TIWAHE Pilot Projects
- Housing Improvement Program
- Tribal Climate Resilience
- Alaska Native Programs
- Small and Needy Tribes
- Special Higher Education Scholarships
- Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund
- Juvenile Detention Center Education program
- Replacement School Construction
- Replacement Facility Construction
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Indian Health Service
The FY2018 Request similarly proposes reduction for the Indian Health Service (IHS) cutting 6% or $300.5 million when compared to the FY2017 Omnibus. Most significantly the request proposes significant cuts to Construction ($98 million or 18.1%), Self-Governance ($1 million or 18.2%), and total elimination of Tribal Management Grants.
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