September 17, 2014  |  Issue 14-27




Self-Governance 101 Training 

September 29, 2014

Denver, CO

Indian Health Service Budget Summit

October 13 and 14, 2014

Washington, DC

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Save the Date! 

Indian Health Service Budget Summit - October 13 and 14

On October 13 and 14, Tribes from across Indian Country will gather in Washington, DC to discuss strategies for increasing and improving the Indian Health Service (IHS) budget.

The 2014 IHS Budget Summit aims to engage Tribal leaders, technical advisors, academic experts, and Federal government representatives in strategic discussions about current and future budget and appropriations for IHS. Throughout the two-day meeting, participants will discuss topics including:  budget formulation process, current budget climate, budget priorities, and future recommendations for budget development. 


Indian Country is working together to develop the Summit agenda, bringing experts from across the branches of Government to identify strategies that reflect the needs of Tribal communities across the country.   

Click here for a draft agenda. 

Please contact Caitrin Shuy, NIHB's Director of Congressional Relations with any questions at or (202) 507-4085.


Capitol Hill Updates

Senator Tester Introduces Bill to Permanently Authorize Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Yesterday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, John Tester (D-MT), introduced S. 2830, a bill that would authorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) permanently.  


As you may know, SDPI's current authorization expires on September 30, 2015.  The National Indian Health Board applauds Chairman Tester for his strong leadership on issues affecting Indian Country and for having the courage to introduce a permanent authorization for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI).  This program is saving lives in Indian Country and making great strides to reduce the trend of Type II diabetes in our communities.  A permanent authorization is absolutely the right move for promoting better patient care and will lead to better staff retention.  We look forward to working with Chairman Tester to ensure that we can enact a permanent authorization for SDPI.


You can learn more about SDPI by visiting




Congress to pass continuing resolution to fund the government past September 30

This week the House of Representatives will begin considering a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government funded beyond September 30, 2014.  The measure is expected to pass both chambers easily as Members of Congress are eager to return home in advance of the November elections.  The bill would contain federal spending through December 11, 2014.  It also contains a reauthorization for the Export-Import Bank as well as an amendment to arm Syrian rebels against the Islamic State terrorist group.


What happens after the November elections for the remainder of FY 2015 funding is less clear.  Many in Congress have expressed the desire to enact a large spending bill known as an "omnibus" during the December "lame duck" session.  However, some analysts predict that Congress could choose to enact a full-year CR at 2014 levels if there are not enough votes to pass a FY 2015 spending bill in December.



The Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act passes the House of Representatives

Last night, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, which would amend the Internal Revenue Code (Code) to reform the work of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Indian Country and make clear that the benefits and services provided by tribal governments for the general welfare of their people are not subject to federal income tax.  The purpose of H.R. 3043 is to provide durable, statutory protection for Tribal government programs and services that honors their status as Indian nations vested with inherent sovereign authority to provide for their Tribal citizens.


This bill is a major victory for Indian Country and we are hopeful that the Senate will also move to quickly enact this legislation.  NIHB joined other Tribal organizations in supporting the enactment of this legislation. You can read the support letter here.

Other Updates

Self-Governance 101 Training - September 29th, 2014

The Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium, in partnership with the Indian Health Service, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, is offering training for Tribes interested in joining, planning, or learning about the Self-Governance program.  It will take place on September 29, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.


There is no registration fee for this training, and you can register online here


You can view the Draft Agenda here and read more about this event here 


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