For generations, the federal government – despite abiding trust and treaty obligations – has substantially under-invested in Indian Country’s infrastructure. While the United States faces crumbling infrastructure nationally, there are many in Indian Country who lack even basic infrastructure, such as running water and passable roads. Indeed, there are hundreds of billions of dollars in unmet infrastructure obligations across Indian Country to include housing, transportation, judicial, health care, and communication, among other forms of infrastructure. The United States must commit to assist in the rebuilding of the sovereign Tribal Nations that exist within its domestic borders. Much like the U.S. investment in the rebuilding European nations following World War II via the Marshall Plan, the legislative and executive branches should commit to the same level of responsibility to assisting in the rebuilding of Tribal Nations, as our current circumstances are, in large part, directly attributable to the shameful acts and policies of the United States. In the same way the Marshall Plan acknowledged America’s debt to European sovereigns and was utilized to strengthen our relationships and security abroad, the United States should make this strategic investment domestically. Strong Tribal Nations will result in a strengthened United States. At the same time, any infrastructure build-out, in Indian Country and beyond, must not occur at the expense of Tribal consultation, sovereignty, sacred sites, or public health.
- Testimony of United South and Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund For the Record of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing, “A call to action: Native communities’ priorities in focus for the 117th Congress” - March 24, 2021
- Testimony of Chief Kirk Francis, President United South and Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs For the Oversight Hearing, “From Languages to Homelands: Advancing Tribal Self-Governance and Cultural Sovereignty for Future Generations.” - December 9, 2020
- USET SPF Testimony for the Record of SCIA Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S. 3126, S. 3264, S. 3937, S. 4079, and S. 4556 10-7-2020 - October 7, 2020
- USET SPF Written Testimony House Interior Appropriations Tribal Witness Hearings - February 3, 2020
- USET SPF Comments on USDA Broadband ReConnect Program Final Rule - April 27, 2021
- USET SPF Comments: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Creation of the Office of Public Participation - April 23, 2021
- USET SPF Comments to Treasury Regarding Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund – April 9, 2021
- USET SPF Comments to USDA on Tribal Consultation - March 22, 2021)
- USET SPF Comments to NTIA on Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant Program - February 11, 2021
- USET SPF Comments to IHS on Health IT Modernization - January 22, 2021
- Joint Letter re: Infrastructure for Indian County under American Jobs Plan - April 13, 2021
- USET SPF Signs onto Inter-Tribal Organization Letter to Congress Re: COVID-19 Recovery Legislative Proposal - February 2, 2021
- USET SPF Signs onto Tribal Inter-Org COVID Relief Letter - July 7, 2020
- USET SPF Signs onto Joint Letter re: COVID-19 Infrastructure Recovery Legislative Proposal (Phase #4) - May 11, 2020
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