Rep. Haaland and Sen. Warren Release Legislative Proposal in Response to USCCR Broken Promises Report >>

August 22nd, 2019

Rep. Haaland and Sen. Warren Release Legislative Proposal in Response to USCCR Broken Promises Report

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have released a legislative proposal in response to last year’s United States Commission on Civil Rights’ Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans report. Rep. Haaland is hoping to begin consultation with Tribes in the coming weeks to design specific pieces of legislation based on the proposal.

Overview of Legislative Proposal

At this point, the legislative proposal is still conceptual and not a draft bill, but the purpose of the eventual bill is to implement the recommendations of the Broken Promises report to ensure progress toward fulfilling the treaty and trust obligations of the federal government. Some specific ideas include:

  • Budgetary Certainty: Advance appropriations, exemption from sequestration, mandatory funding, and inflation adjustments for many tribal programs.
  • White House Council on Native American Affairs: Codifying the Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Native American Affairs.
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety: Increased funding for tribal courts, law enforcement, detention facilities, and the Crime Victims Fund.
  • Health Care: Mandatory funding for the IHS; funding to fully implement the Indian Health Care Improvement Act; increased funding for the Special Diabetes Program; parity in reimbursement rates for Urban Indian Health Clinics; increased funding for behavioral health; and tribal set-asides in EPA’s Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
  • Education: Increased funds for BIE school operations; increased funding for BIE facilities; increased funding for native languages; funding for culturally inclusive education; full funding for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); increased funding for local tribal education agencies; increased funding for Johnson O’Malley (JOM); and mandatory and full funding for tribal colleges and universities.
  • Housing: Mandatory funding and increases for the Indian Housing Block Grant to $2.5B; authority to administer Section 8 programs; increased funding for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG); expanding the Section 184 and Title VI Loan Guarantee programs; expanding housing loans for Native American veterans; strengthening the Tribal HUD-VASH program; expanding the Housing Improvement Program; and improving agency environmental review requirements.

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