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.
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.
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.