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Native News Weekly (4/7/21): DC Policy Notes


Every week, Native News Online brings you the latest news from the Indian country and movements from Washington, DC Last week, tribal leaders were thrilled to know that the Indian country is included in the bipartisan infrastructure deal. In addition, two bills have been introduced to address disparities in the health of Native Americans and the BIA has announced awards to 34 different tribes and Native Alaskan societies for a total of over $ 6.5 million. .

Indian country included in bipartite infrastructure agreement

On Tuesday, the White House released a list of tribal and Native American-specific components of the bipartisan infrastructure deal agreed to by President Joe Biden and Democratic and Republican senators.

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The White House calculates that the comprehensive deal, if passed by both houses of Congress, will inject $ 1.2 trillion in total infrastructure spending over eight years, including $ 579 billion in new spending.

A substantial portion would go to tribes, but a breakdown was not yet available, according to Tribal Business News.

The Indian part of the country is part of what the White House calls the “Bipartite Infrastructure Framework: Advancing Economic and Public Health Opportunities for Communities of Color,” which includes a wide variety of infrastructure improvement projects. intended for Native Americans, African Americans and Hispanics.

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FAC to host Emergency Connectivity Fund tribal listening and training session on July 15

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened the initial filing window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a $ 7.17 billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need. need for distance learning during COVID-19 emergency.

The deposit window opened on June 29, 2021 and will run until August 13, 2021 so that eligible schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase connected devices such as laptops and tablets, points of Wi-Fi access, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity to serve the unmet needs for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons during the COVID-19 emergency.

During this application window, eligible schools and libraries, in addition to school and library consortia, can submit funding requests for the purchase of eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

On July 15, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, the Commission will host a training and listening session for tribal leaders, staff, organizations and outreach partners on its Emergency Connectivity Fund. The July 15 interactive session will begin with an overview of the Emergency Connectivity Fund, followed by an opportunity for tribal participants to ask questions and provide feedback based on their experiences with the Fund to date. Staff will then provide an overview of the application process.

Please register by sending an email with name, contact details and tribal affiliation to [email protected]. Pre-registration will allow full interactive participation via WebEx.

Legislation Introduced Tackles Health Disparities Among Native Americans

Two bills to address health disparities in Native American and Native communities in Alaska. Together, the Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement Act and the Native Health and Wellness Act would close the gap in access to health care resources and lead to better health outcomes for tribal communities.

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HR 4251, the Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement Act, establishes a special behavioral health program for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, modeled on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, and makes the definition of ” Indian ”consistent throughout the Affordable Care Act.

HR 4283, The Native Health and Wellness Act creates a new grant program to recruit, train and mentor Indigenous youth and young adults for careers in health care and establishes a new public health grant program to meet the needs infrastructure of tribal communities. The Indian country is grappling with a severe shortage of healthcare providers, making it difficult for tribal members to access healthcare. Tribal regions also often lack a robust public health infrastructure, as they have historically been excluded from traditional funding mechanisms that have instead been allocated to states and other local governments.

BIA Provides $ 6.5 Million in Energy and Mining Development Grants to 34 Alaska Native Tribes and Societies

The Office of Indian Affairs (BIA) today announced that it has awarded more than $ 6.5 million in Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) grants to 27 federally recognized tribes and seven Indigenous societies in the ‘Alaska in 15 states. The funding will help their efforts to identify, study, design and / or develop projects using energy, mineral and natural resources, which, in turn, will help them achieve economic self-sufficiency by developing and controlling their own production capacities. of energy.

“Having direct access to a reliable source of energy is often taken for granted in the United States, but due to their remoteness, it can be a real challenge for Native American and Native Alaskan communities to achieve this standard. “, said Senior Assistant Secretary for Assistance – Indian Affairs Bryan T. Newland. The BIA Energy and Mineral Development Program grants aim to close this gap by supporting efforts to develop Alaskan tribal and native-owned energy resources for the benefit of tribal members and ANC shareholders. while contributing to the economic progress of the Indian country. “

EMDP Office grants help eligible applicants obtain technical assistance funding to hire consultants to identify, assess or assess the market for energy or mineral resources that a tribe will process, use or develop. Grants provide funding that enables the tribe to conduct resource inventories and assessments, feasibility studies, or other pre-development studies necessary to process, use, and develop energy and mineral resources.

The recipients of the EMD grant for the financial year 2020 are:

  • Shawnee tribe absent from Oklahoma, Oklahoma ($ 75,000.00)
  • Ahtna Incorporated, Alaska ($ 312,000.00)
  • Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan ($ 115,000.00
  • Rohnerville Rancheria Bear River Band, California ($ 283,270.00)
  • Bristol Bay Indigenous Society, Alaska ($ 89,650.00)
  • Calista Company, Alaska ($ 721,510.00)
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, California ($ 350,000.00)
  • Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Oklahoma ($ 125,000.00)
  • Indigenous Society of Chitina, Alaska ($ 166,650.00)
  • Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho ($ 69,353.00)
  • Cook Inlet Region Inc., Alaska ($ 98,140.00)
  • Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Indian Tribe, Oregon ($ 120,000.00)
  • Rancheria Elk Valley, California ($ 88,008.00)
  • Lake Superior Chippewa Bottom Strip, Minnesota ($ 96,000.00)
  • Iñupiat community of the arctic slope, Alaska ($ 280,393.00)
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan ($ 94,954.00)
  • Lummi Indian Tribe, Washington ($ 105,000.00)
  • Metlakatla Indian Community, Alaska ($ 170,387.00)
  • Middletown Rancheria, California ($ 86,390.00)
  • Indigenous village of Port Heiden, Alaska ($ 192,000.00)
  • Navajo Nation, Arizona ($ 475,609.50)
  • Nunakauiak Yupik Society, Alaska ($ 57,350.00)
  • Osage Nation, Oklahoma ($ 96,420.00)
  • Osage Nation, Oklahoma ($ 299,645.00)
    Passamaquoddy Tribe – Indian Canton, Maine ($ 80,000.00)
  • Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma ($ 71,475.00)
  • Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma Indians
  • Pueblo de San Ildefonso
  • Pueblo de Santa Ana, New Mexico ($ 93,645.45)
  • Sac and Fox tribe from Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki), Iowa ($ 84,969.33)
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Colorado ($ 545,000.00)
  • Tikigaq Company, Alaska ($ 100,000.00
  • Indian tribe Ute, Utah ($ 600,000.00)
  • White Land Band of Chippewa Indians, Minnesota ($ 86,930.00)
  • Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Nebraska ($ 29,300.00)

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