Tribal Self-Governance Virtual Conference: September 14 - 16, 2021

The expansion of Tribal Self-Governance to HHS programs in agencies outside of the IHS is a long-standing priority for SGCETC and the TSGAC. We encourage the Biden-Harris Administration to support Self-Governance expansion opportunities and the 117th Congress to consider and pass legislation authorizing a Self-Governance Demonstration Project for HHS programs. Historic and current information related to Self-Governance expansion can be found below.

Video clip from a 2019 House Committee hearing.

HHS Self-Governance Feasibility Study

The Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000 required HHS to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of a Tribal Self-Governance demonstration project for HHS programs in agencies other than the IHS. The report concluded that the demonstration project was feasible.

Prior Legislative Activity

In 2003, legislation authorizing a Self-Governance Demonstration Project within HHS was introduced in Congress but was never enacted.

Self-Governance Tribal Federal Workgroup

In 2011, efforts to expand Self-Governance within HHS resumed and a Self-Governance Tribal Federal Workgroup was formed. Tribal workgroup participants developed a Concept Paper for the expansion of Self-Governance and draft legislation to address major barriers previously identified.

Advocacy Tools and Tribal Support

In recent years, the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee, the HHS Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee, and the ACF Tribal Advisory Committee have voiced support for the expansion of Self-Governance as a priority.

Welcome to our new site!

We are still uploading information and refining/adding pages, but you are welcome to start exploring the Phase I release of the new tribalselfgov.org site. A number of  new features are available, including: a Self-Governance document library, new advisory committee pages, a Self-Governance map project, a timeline of key milestones in the history of Self-Governance and more.

Thank you!

– SGCETC