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March 2020 Policy Update

AIPI Starts Blog to Provide COVID-19 Information for Tribes: 

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On March 17, 2020 the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) held a Tribal Leader Town Hall webinar to discuss the policy and human impacts of the COVID-19 virus on tribal communities and citizens.

To view a recording of the NAFOA, NCAI, NIHB
Tribal Leaders Town Hall webinar click here.

To view the PowerPoint Slides from the presentations by
NAFOA, NCAI, NIHB click here.

The webinar featured a Congressional update from Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-4) regarding legislation to provide funding to combat the spread of COVID-19 and leadership from NAFOA, NCAI, and NIHB provided updates regarding legislative advocacy to secure funding for tribes to battle COVID-19 and secure funding/tax breaks for tribal governments, healthcare facilities, and businesses. 

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February 2020 Policy Update

Earlier this month AIPI published it's report card for bills with tribal implications introduced and considered in the 116th Congress (1st Session). In 2019 there were 4 bills signed into law that were tribal-specific or had a tribal impact. During the first session of the 116th Congress (January – December 2019). Throughout 2019, AIPI’s monthly Policy Updates notified email subscribers of 136 bills considered by Congress that had tribal implications. AIPI’s updates also notified subscribers regarding 107 Federal Register Notices that were directed towards tribes.

*Note: This document focuses primarily on stand-alone tribal bills and does not include tribal provisions in appropriations bills funding federal agencies and programs. The numbers reflecting Republican and Democratic sponsored bills only references the primary sponsor of legislation and does not include D and R co-sponsors.

This “116th Congressional Report Card (1st Session): Bills Affecting Tribes” is comprised of three sections:
Bills with Tribal Implications Signed into Law in 2019 (4 bills)
Resolutions Adopted Expressing the Sense of Congress (3 resolutions)
Bills Tracked by AIPI in 2019 (129 bills and resolutions)
Most Bills Introduced, or Became Law, by Member of Congress
In 2019, bills or resolutions with Tribal implications were introduced by 30 unique Senators and 54 unique members of the House of Representatives. Those with the most representation in the bills and resolutions enumerated below are as follows:

11 Bills:
Representative Debra Haaland (D-NM-1)

7 Bills:
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

6 Bills:
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)
Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7)
Representative Don Young (R-AK-At Large)

5 Bills:
Senator John Hoeven (R-SD)
Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-1)

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January 2020 Policy Update

On December 20, 2019 the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians became the 574th federally-recognized tribe in the U.S. The recognition came upon Presidential Signature of the S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Public Law 116-92). The congressional bills that sought to grant federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians included S. 51 an H.R. 297, which had both been placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar for consideration. While S. 51 and H.R. 297 had not individually passed both Chambers of Congress the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019 was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act and became law once passed by Congress and signed by the President. It is not uncommon for legislative riders to be attached to must-pass legislation near the end of a Congressional session. The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians had been seeking federal recognition since treaty negotiations deteriorated with the U.S. Government about 130 years ago. 

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