2021- TSGAC Letter: Funds Authorized in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

“In response to IHS’ request for input on the factors it should consider in developing a methodology for allocating the funds authorized in ARPA, the Tribal SelfGovernance Advisory Committee (TSGAC) offers recommendations like those we provided during prior coronavirus relief consultations, including:

• Funding allocations should use existing methodologies that rely upon well-known and understood factors, such as user population. Developing a new methodology could delay the transfer of funds and increase the burden on Tribal recipients to provide or verify new data points.

• Transfer funds through existing compacts, contracts, and funding agreements. Contract and Compact amendments should be streamlined and not impose any additional restrictions or requirements other than those included in the Act. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reported that the ability for IHS to transfer Coronavirus Relief Funds through existing Self-Determination contracts and Self-Governance compacts allowed the agency to quickly disburse the funds. “

Agenda

Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm
Break

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates

 

Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)