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.
Communications and Press
Communications and Press
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, was signed into law on November 15, 2021. At $550 billion in funding, it has been considered to be the largest investment in infrastructure projects and programs in a generation. USET/USET SPF has developed this resource page to assist our member Tribal Nations in navigating the numerous programs and funding opportunities that were authorized by the IIJA, as well as other federal funding opportunities available. This page will be periodically updated as new laws, programs, and funds are established related to infrastructure projects and programs.
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.
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.
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.