USET SPF

Introduction

Established in 2014, the USET Sovereignty Protection Fund (USET SPF) is a non-profit, inter-Tribal organization advocating on behalf of thirty-three (33) federally recognized Tribal Nations from the Northeastern Woodlands to the Everglades and across the Gulf of Mexico. USET SPF is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and advancing the inherent sovereign rights and authorities of Tribal Nations and in assisting its membership in dealing effectively with public policy issues.

Biden-Harris Administration

The Biden-Harris Administration took office on January 20, 2021. Learn more about the Administrations' early priorities, Executive Actions, and senior officials, as well as USET SPF's efforts to engage on behalf of our member Tribal Nations.

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COVID-19 Advocacy

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge across the United States, USET SPF has consistently advocated for Tribal sovereignty and the trust obligation in federal response and relief efforts. We are committed to ensuring Tribal Nations have the resources necessary to protect and rebuild our communities and economies in the face of this once-in-a-generation threat. Learn more about our advocacy before Congress and the Administration.

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Broken Promises Report and Testimony

On December 20, 2018, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) issued a report titled, Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans. Broken Promises confirms what we in Indian Country already know—with the exception of some minor improvements, the U.S. continues to neglect to meet its “most basic” obligations to Tribal Nations. Though these chronic failures have persisted throughout changes in Administration and Congress, it is time that both the legislative and executive branches confront and correct them. Learn more about USET SPF’s demands for accountability and advocacy for systemic change in the delivery of federal trust obligations and U.S.-Tribal Nation relations as a result of this report.

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Meet Our Team

Based in Washington, DC, the USET SPF team works to advance a comprehensive policy and legislative affairs agenda on behalf of member Tribal Nations by providing assertive diplomacy and advocacy before all branches of the federal government. We strive to protect, promote, and advance our inherent sovereign rights, and to elevate the voices of our membership at the federal level. Meet the experienced policy professionals working to improve the delivery of the trust obligation and evolve U.S.-Tribal Nation relations in America’s capital.

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