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June 2022 Policy Update

This month’s Federal Policy Update includes several pieces of legislation that address water needs. H.R.7776, the Water Resources Development Act of 2022, would create opportunities for Tribes to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on various water projects. H.R. 7793, the Rio Grande Water Security Act, would establish a working group with Tribes and other entities located in the Rio Grande River Basin to develop water management plans. In addition, this month’s update also includes important legislation for the protection of cultural sites as well as addressing Tribal parity on public lands. Please see the full June Federal Policy Update for the full list of legislation as well as links and additional information.

This month’s Federal Register Update highlights includes an important notice for public comment on the grant reporting process for grant recipients from the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP). Comments on the TBCP grant reporting procedures should be submitted by July 14, 2022. In addition, there are also notices for meetings like Tribal consultation sessions regarding the Head Start Program and meetings for the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee. Please see the full June Federal Register Update to see a complete list of this month’s Federal Register Notices as well as links and additional information.

There were six important Congressional committee meetings this past month to hear information on several pieces of legislation affecting specific Tribes, as well as initiatives affecting all of Indian Country. One hearing that took place was a Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Bureau of Indian Education held by the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States and the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. Mr. Tony L. Dearman, Director for the Bureau of Indian Education was the witness for this hearing. Please see the full June Congressional Committee Meeting update for links and additional information on these meetings.

This month’s State Policy update featured eleven bills by Arizona’s 55th legislature that directly affect Arizona’s Tribes and Tribal members. Both bills were signed into law by Governor Ducey. HB2647, an act amending Section 8-455, Arizona Revised Statutes; Relating to the Department Of Child Safety, would add that a DCS report pursuant to subsection D of this section regarding an Indian child who resides or is domiciled on an Indian reservation may be transferred to the reservation's Tribal social services agency. This bill was signed by Governor on June 6, 2022. This and other important Arizona legislation activities are available on the full June Policy Update.

May 2022 Policy Update

This month’s Federal Policy Update includes legislation that addresses the significant and tragic history of Indigenous Children and boarding schools. Earlier this month, the Department of Interior released Volume 1 of the investigative report called for as part of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative. The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. also took action to address boarding schools by holding a hearing on H.R.5444, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act, sponsored by Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS-03). The history of boarding schools continues to affect Tribal communities and these actions are key first steps to healing and reconciliation. In addition, there are other important pieces of legislation regarding water resources, economic development, and substance abuse programs. Please see the full May Federal Policy Update for the complete list of this month’s legislation affecting Indian Country. 

This month’s Federal Register Update highlights includes an important notice affecting the Department of the Interior's regulations for Federal acknowledgment of Indian Tribes. The notice seeks comments on the regulation prohibiting petitioners who received a negative final determination from the Department from re-petitioning. There is also a notice from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) outlining changes to federal transportation law made by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This notice from the FTA highlights changes to regulations and funding amounts for transit programs affecting Tribes. Please see the full May Federal Register Update for the complete list of this month’s legislation affecting Indian Country.

There were ten important Congressional committee meetings this past month to hear information on several pieces of legislation affecting specific Tribes, as well as initiatives affecting all of Indian Country. An important hearing that took place was an SCIP Hybrid Legislative Hearing considering H.R. 5444, a bill to establish the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States, and for other purposes. Please see the full May Congressional Committee Meeting update for links and additional information on these meetings.

As the Arizona State Legislature’s second session is winding down, this month’s State Policy update featured three bills by Arizona’s 55th legislature that directly affect Arizona’s Tribes and Tribal members. One of note is SB1327, “An Act Requiring the Department of Education to Establish an Alternative Assessment Advisory Committee.” This act would require the department of education to establish an Alternative Assessment Advisory Committee consisting of the superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee and other members who are appointed by the department in coordination with the state board of education. Required appointed members would include, among others, a Tribal community representative. This and other important Arizona legislation activities are available on the full May State Policy Update.

April 2022 Policy Update

This month’s Federal Policy Update features resolutions honoring the work of Rep. Don Young who represented Alaska At-Large. Young served as a member of the House of Representatives starting in 1973 and served for 49 years. Young worked on behalf of Alaskan Native communities in addition to serving all of Indian Country as the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. Resolutions in both the House and Senate outline Rep. Young’s Legacy. In addition, there is also important legislation to reauthorize funding for the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Trust Fund, which has assisted many Indigenous professionals looking to work with environmental issues and public policy. And lastly, there are several bills seeking to include Tribes in grant programs to address healthcare, workforce training, and cybersecurity. See the full April Federal Policy Update for a complete list of federal legislation affecting Indian Country. 

This month’s Federal Register Update includes an important notice regarding a new application window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The ECF will open its application window from April 28 - May 13, 2022. This fund can be used to purchase equipment and internet services at schools and libraries, please see the complete notice for more information. This month’s update also includes notices for final rules affecting gaming and the Buy Indian Act. There are also important notices seeking nominations to important boards and committees as well as upcoming public meetings for other advisory councils. Please see the full April Federal Register Update for a complete list of this month’s notices affecting Indian Country.

There were two important Congressional committee meetings this past month to hear information on several pieces of legislation affecting specific Tribes, and initiatives affecting all of Indian Country. One hearing that took place was an Oversight Hearing for “The Opioid Crisis in Tribal Communities” in the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Please see the full April Congressional Committee Meeting update for links and additional information on these meetings.

This month’s State Policy update featured six bills by Arizona’s 55th legislature that directly affect Arizona’s Tribes and Tribal members. One of note is HB2841, “An Act Appropriating Monies,” would, subject to applicable laws, dictate the sums or sources of revenue appropriated for the fiscal years 2022-23. Tribal-centered appropriations would include: $4.7B in Tribal Pass-Through Funding, $325K for the Tribal College Dual Enrollment Program, $2.1B for the Tribal-State Compact Fund, and $63.5K for the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations. 

These and other important Arizona legislation activities are available on the full April State Policy Update.