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July 2013 Policy Update

July 16, 2013

Wow! What a month of events policy-wise in Indian Country.  Maybe I should say what a week, because most of it happened during the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference.

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June 2013 Policy Update

June 19, 2013

Sequestration:

Sequestration continues to be a topic in the news and Indian Country and the news isn’t good. Trying to make sense of the changes and then seeing the severity of the effects is frankly overwhelming. So far, health care and education in Indian Country are reeling from the cuts and the stories are starting to mount. In the words of Mark Trahant, “Indian Country funds are shackled to the sequester.” And according to his analysis, this situation likely won’t change until after the next election, despite all the stories.

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May 2013 Policy Update

May 17, 2013

Sequestration:

As we know, sequestration is impacting the federal budget and its effects on Tribal lands continues to be a topic in Washington DC. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and Indian Country leaders met in Washington DC during the week of April 22nd to facilitate a dialogue with the federal government about trust responsibilities.  In support of this, NCAI released a paper “Honoring the Promises to Tribal Nations in the Federal Budget.” This paper demonstrates the severity of the impacts of sequestration.
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April 2013 Policy Update

April 8, 2013

Violence Against Women Act

Last month we were celebrating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.  This month we’re seeing a clearer picture of implementation of the act.  This legislation is historic, as the act recognizes tribal court jurisdiction (for a good overview read here andhere).  However, Alaska Native communities are specifically excluded from VAWA because the provisions provide for tribal court jurisdiction on reservations only and only 1 of the 229 federally recognized tribes in Alaska has a reservation (Metlakatla).  This means that Alaska Natives are subject to State jurisdiction.  There is quite an argument happening right now about what this means. It remains to be seen how this will work out.
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March Washington & Legislative Update

March 11, 2013

This week, on March 5th and 6th, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) hosts the Tribal Nations Legislative Summit and 113th Congress Executive Council. Items on the agenda include leadership discussions with Senators and Congresspersons and updates from The President’s Office, Federal Agencies, and the Senate Committee On Indian Affairs. Confirmed speakers include: Senator Tom Udall (NM), Congressman Tom Cole (OK), Congressman Denny Heck (WA), Senator Jon Tester (MT), Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (NM), Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN), Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI), Congressman Darrell Issa (CA), Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ) and Senator Mark Begich (AK).
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State of Indian Nations 2013 | National Congress of American Indians

February 14, 2013

2/14/13 | Delivered by President Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw Nation)

The Annual State of Indian Nations speech by the President of the National Congress of American Indians is always a ray of hope in a new year; fraught with promise. It’s a late winter event that signals the hope of spring. This year was no exception and did not disappoint.  Read more

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