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senate Bill S. 286

Should Native American Tribes Have More Power To Govern Themselves?

Argument in favor

This is a bipartisan legislation that simplifies the self-governance process for Native American tribes, which could lead to more economic development for the participating tribes.

Elinor's Opinion
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03/24/2015
Aren't tribes on tribal lands already a separate entity? Keep it up and let them have their own government system. Then you will have absolutely NO reason to dictate to each state. I'm for that!
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Roy's Opinion
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11/30/2015
If they have there own counsel government and have a constitution of the tribe then they should be able to govern themselves
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Mark's Opinion
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03/03/2016
Only as far to give them city/county like status nothing more
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Argument opposed

There should be a federal audit process in this bill to ensure that environmental laws (and others) aren’t violated if tribes assume responsibilities that would otherwise be regulated.

Loraki's Opinion
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02/25/2017
I'm pretty sure that my opinion will be VERY UNPOPULAR, especially among Native Americans, but I firmly believe that it's way past time for Native Americans and tribal lands to lose their special status! They don't have to give up their culture or their pride, but WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO BECOME JUST AMERICANS?! Calling them "Native Americans" is just as odious to me as referring to black people as African Americans! MR. PRESIDENT, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! Barack Hussein Obama did all he could to separate us into factions and encourage us to consider ourselves victims of one or more other groups. It's time for all of us to present ourselves as a UNITED FRONT in the face of our enemies! It doesn't mean we have to agree on everything or even like everyone. But it SHOULD mean that we are all united in loving our country, giving it our undivided allegiance, doing our utmost to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and looking out for one another and showing each other respect, even when we disagree.
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James's Opinion
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02/24/2015
Preserving their culture is the goal. Where does it stop. It will only lead to funding of every nationality and so called ethnic groups furthering diversity rather than inclusiveness. Let the pot melt.
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Jerry's Opinion
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02/25/2017
I am part Native American and feel that there comes a point that they become Americans and not Native Americans. See LORAKI's comments.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
  • The senate Passed July 7th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2015

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What is Senate Bill S. 286?

This bill would amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to streamline the self-governance process for Indian tribes that would like to take on some of the responsibilities held by the federal government for themselves. It would grant Indian tribes greater responsibility in overseeing grant programs administered by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.


The Secretary of the Interior would directed to establish a program to be known as the “Tribal Self-Governance Program’. This program would be able to select up to 50 new Indian tribes per year to participate in self-governance, and multiple eligible tribes have the option of applying jointly as a single tribe for the purpose of participating in the program.


Participation in the ‘Tribal Self-Governance Program’ requires tribes to demonstrate financial stability over the preceding three years. As part of the planning process, eligible tribes must conduct legal and budgetary research, while undergoing internal planning, training, and organizational preparation for the internal tribal government.


The Department of the Interior would be directed to negotiate a compact with self-governing Indian tribes that is consistent with the federal government’s responsibility as a trustee, treaty obligations, and government-to-government relationships between Indian tribes and the U.S.


This bill would also give self-governing Indian tribes the choice of assuming some of the federal government’s responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) as they relate to construction programs on tribal lands.

Impact

Native American tribes that choose to assume self-governance responsibilities, federal agencies that interact with self-governing tribes, the Department of the Interior, and the Secretary of the Interior.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 286

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A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, in an estimate of a previous version of this bill done in 2014, the CBO found that implementing the legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget over the 2015-2019 period.

More Information

In-Depth:

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs currently recognizes and provides services to 564 Indian tribes through its compacts, contracts, and grants - which serve about 1.9 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives.


Media:

Sponsoring Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) Press Release

CBO Cost Estimate (Previous Bill Version)

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) Op-Ed in Indian Country Today

Indian Country Today (Context)


(Photo Credit: Flickr user nnwo

AKA

Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes, and for other purposes.

    I'm pretty sure that my opinion will be VERY UNPOPULAR, especially among Native Americans, but I firmly believe that it's way past time for Native Americans and tribal lands to lose their special status! They don't have to give up their culture or their pride, but WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO BECOME JUST AMERICANS?! Calling them "Native Americans" is just as odious to me as referring to black people as African Americans! MR. PRESIDENT, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! Barack Hussein Obama did all he could to separate us into factions and encourage us to consider ourselves victims of one or more other groups. It's time for all of us to present ourselves as a UNITED FRONT in the face of our enemies! It doesn't mean we have to agree on everything or even like everyone. But it SHOULD mean that we are all united in loving our country, giving it our undivided allegiance, doing our utmost to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and looking out for one another and showing each other respect, even when we disagree.
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    Preserving their culture is the goal. Where does it stop. It will only lead to funding of every nationality and so called ethnic groups furthering diversity rather than inclusiveness. Let the pot melt.
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    They are part of the United States of America. They have the right to preserve their culture and their traditions but they are not their own country and nor should we treat them as such.
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    Aren't tribes on tribal lands already a separate entity? Keep it up and let them have their own government system. Then you will have absolutely NO reason to dictate to each state. I'm for that!
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    I am part Native American and feel that there comes a point that they become Americans and not Native Americans. See LORAKI's comments.
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    assimilating into the country is long past due
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    They say if you don't learn from history then you are bound to repeat it. We should have learned by now not to treat AMERICANS differently. NO group of Americans should be self-governing. See LORAKI's comments.
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    Again, we need to stop treating Native Americans differently than all Americans.
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    How long before they become US citizens and think like that? Yes our government and caused them a lot of problems. But their local laws can be enough to bring them to where they need to be.
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    We are all Americans NO. NO NO!
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    Only as far to give them city/county like status nothing more
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    Allowing them to further govern themselves would make others want to do the same. If we make leeway for some, it will cause jealousy which could ultimately bring us down from within.
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    No, they have enough already. This would be like allowing Muslims to institute Sharia Law within our country. Non-Muslims would be forced to stay out of Muslim communities for fear of being subjected to Sharia Law. Where do we stop?
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    We're all americans.
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    Why? Yet another group we should cater to because of things that happened many lifetimes ago.
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    One America please.
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    same as any other American
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    The self government should be like county or city government to replace a level of government and not add another.
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    If they have there own counsel government and have a constitution of the tribe then they should be able to govern themselves
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    They're Americans, like it or not. They're not independent nations. The sooner they're fully integrated, the better.
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