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This month’s Federal Policy Update included nine key legislative actions that took place this past month. The Tribal Connect Act of 2022 introduced, read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs. This bill would establish the Tribal Essential Community-Serving Institution Program, which provides opportunities for Indian Tribes to request broadband internet access service at essential community-serving institutions located on Tribal land and authorizes support for the development of infrastructure to provide the services requested. Another newly introduced bill, the Tribal COPS Act, would direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a grant program to increase the capabilities of Tribal law enforcement agencies through compensating law enforcement officers employed by the Indian Tribe, providing training, providing housing stipends, procuring equipment, and procuring, operating, and maintaining facilities. Please see the full October Federal Policy Update for a complete list of this month’s legislative actions.
This month’s Federal Register Update highlights includes important notices to fill positions on federal advisory committees. The Treasury's Tribal Advisory Committee as well as BLM’s Regional Resource Advisory Councils are looking to fill positions where Tribal representatives are eligible to apply. Please see the full October Federal Register Update for additional information as well as other important notices affecting Indian Country.
During this past month, no Congressional Committee Meetings took place that included legislation or initiatives affecting Indian Country.
This month’s Federal Policy Update included 19 bills and resolutions affecting Indian Country that were newly introduced or had other activity. The Digital Equity Foundation Act (the Foundation) was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation by the Senate. This bill establishes the Foundation for Digital Equity with the goal, among others, of supporting the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. Additionally, the Foundation may support a grant made under the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program if there are not adequate appropriations to support such a grant. Please see the full September Federal Policy Update for a complete list of this month’s legislative actions.
This month’s Federal Register Update highlights includes at notice for The Establishment of the Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council (THSAC) and Solicitation of Inaugural Members. The goal of the THSAC is to provide recommendations on policies, programs, and initiatives that have implications for Tribes and Tribal Nations. Applications to join the THSAC will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on October 10, 2022. Another key notice this month was a final rule regarding partition, disaggregation and leasing of spectrum. The final rule outlines specific incentives for Tribal Nations to voluntarily participate in the Enhanced Competition Incentive Program (ECIP). The ECIP will promote greater competition in the provision of wireless services, facilitate increased availability of advanced wireless services in rural areas, facilitate new opportunities Tribal Nations to increase access to spectrum, and bring more advanced wireless service including 5G to underserved communities. Please see the full September Federal Register Update for additional information as well as other important notices affecting Indian Country.
There were 4 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 meeting of note was a Hybrid SCIP Oversight Hearing held by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigneous People of the United States. This meeting examined the sovereignty implications of the Supreme Court's ruling in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta. The meeting consisted of three separate panels. For more information, see the full September Policy Congressional Committee Meeting Update.