1994: House Hearing on H.R.3508/ S.1618 – Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1993

Statement of Ada Deer, Assistant Secretary- Indian Affairs: “As former chairperson of the Menominee Nation, I know firsthand how important it is for a tribe’s government to have control over sufficient resources to meet the needs of its people. I have engaged in numerous discussions over the years with tribal leaders about the need for a more balanced relationship with the U.S. I want to do everything I possibly can to assist tribes in preparing for the 21st century.

By way of background, I should point out that we now have 28
tribes in tribal self-governance. These 28 tribes, which are geographically dispersed in 12 States, will account for over $100 million of the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget in 1994.

Mr. Chairman, I have two overarching recommendations. First,
the self-governance demonstration project should be made permanent and available to more tribes. Second, I am proposing that this legislation be separated from the Indian Self-Determination Act and enacted as a freestanding law. I believe that the policy of self-governance is the most significant Federal policy for tribes since the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. Self-governance will be the policy that will guide the relationship between the Federal Government and the tribes into the 21st century. Creating a separate Public Law for a permanent self-governance program would symbolize its importance.
We believe that recognizing tribal self-governance and self-determination is our greatest responsibility in our Federal trust relationship with Indian tribes. We see self-governance as a crucial step in making self-determination a reality. Self-governance makes tribal governments closer and more accountable to the political processes of those they govern.”


Thursday, August 4

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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

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

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)