U.S. Department of Energy Announces Formal Process to Request Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Cost-Share Reduction

Requests due no later than December 3, 2020 

On October 30, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (OIEPP) announced a formalized process for tribal nations and eligible tribal entities to request cost-share reductions under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. OIEPP provides funding for technical assistance and financial assistance to tribal nations and eligible tribal entities to develop, plan, and implement energy projects.
OIEPP will accept cost-share reduction requests within the next 30 days – due no later than December 3, 2020 – and will review requests in the order they are received.
For more information about the cost share reduction, click here.
NCAI Contact Info: Darren Modzelewski, Policy Counseldmodzelewski@ncai.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

Submission Deadline: November 6, 2020 

On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its decision to allocate an additional $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. The new phase three general distribution is open to providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments. Additionally, providers that were previously ineligible, such as those who began practicing in 2020, are now invited to apply. The phase three distributions also expand the group of behavioral health providers that are eligible for relief payments.
For more information, please click here.
NCAI Contact: Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analystncourtney@ncai.org

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Extends Deadline for Written Comments on the Development of Internal Tribal Policies and the Implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Reform Act of 2018

Written Comments Due:November 6, 2020
On June 25, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted a virtual tribal consultation on the development of OJJDP tribal policies and implementation of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018. The 2018 Act amended the long standing Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act. OJJDP has extended their deadline for tribal nations to submit written comments. The National Congress of American Indians has provided draft comments for tribal nations to consider when crafting their own comments for submission.  To view the NCAI draft comments, please click here
To view the OJJDP tribal consultation framing paper, please click here
To view the text of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, please click here
To view NCAI’s Tribal Juvenile Justice Webpage, please click here
Tribal nation comments can be submitted via email to OJJDPTribalConsultation@ojp.usdoj.gov
NCAI Contact: Kelbie Kennedy, Policy Counselkkennedy@ncai.org

Reform Act of 2018

HHS Extends Deadline for Tribal Nations to Choose COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

New Deadline: November 6, 2020 

On October 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter announcing Operation Warp Speed approval of a one-week extension for tribal nations with healthcare facilities to determine their vaccine distribution preference. Tribal nations with healthcare facilities now have until November 6, 2020, to contact Indian Health Service (IHS) if they would like to be included in IHS’s distribution plan, or contact their State health authority if they wish to be included in the state’s vaccine distribution. 
Tribal nations are encouraged to reach out to their state health authority and their IHS Area Office COVID Vaccine Point of Contact to better understand the details of their COVID-19 plan in order to make this decision based on the most updated information available. 
Indian Health Service Area Vaccine Point of Contact

For general questions or concerns, contact the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Federal Entities Planning Team at eocevent474@cdc.gov.NCAI Contact: Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analystncourtney@ncai.org

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Native American Veterans Memorial Webinar

November 4, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST 

On November 4, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR) will be hosting a webinar to discuss the history of the National Native American Veteran Memorial, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the memorial. Speakers will include Rebecca Trautmann, Alexandra Harris, and Betsy Gordon. 
If you have questions, or require special accommodations, please contact Pete Vicaire at peter.vicaire@va.gov.To register for the webinar, please click here.NCAI Contact: Nicholas Courtney, Policy Analystncourtney@ncai.org

2020-25 Resolution

Res #: Committee: Submitted by: Title:                                 Pass → Yes No Amended/Tabled To NCAI
2020-25 Natural Resources Taylor Aalvik Support Tribal And State Authority To Protect Water Quality And Restore Columbia River Basin Salmon X


https://atnitribes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Res-2020-25-.pdf

2020-24 Resolution

Res #: Committee: Submitted by: Title:                                 Pass → Yes No Amended/Tabled To NCAI
2020-24 Natural Resources Taylor Aalvik Call Upon The State Of Oregon Department Of Environmental Quality to Establish a Review Committee to Evaluate the Actual and Real Impacts of Transloading Heavy Crude at Port Westward by the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery X


https://atnitribes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Res-2020-24-.pdf

2020-23 Resolution

Res #: Committee: Submitted by: Title:                                 Pass → Yes No Amended/Tabled To NCAI
2020-23 Natural Resources Taylor Aalvik Support S. 3019 – Montana Water Rights Protection Act, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Water Settlement Legislation X


https://atnitribes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Res-2020-23-.pdf

2020-21 Resolution

Res #: Committee: Submitted by: Title:                                 Pass → Yes No Amended/Tabled To NCAI
2020-21 Natural Resources Taylor Aalvik Protecting NW Rivers & Streams X


https://atnitribes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Res-2020-22-.pdf

2020-20 Resolution

Res #: Committee: Submitted by: Title:                                 Pass → Yes No Amended/Tabled To NCAI
2020-20 Health Laura Platero Streamline Covid-19 Funding And Resources To Tribes And IHS/Tribal Health Clinics X


https://atnitribes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Res-2020-20-.pdf