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Legislative Outlook

The House will consider a number of suspension bills this week, including:

The Senate will be in session.

Congressional Hearings

A full list of this week’s Congressional hearings can be viewed here. This week’s hearings include:


House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing: The Fiscal Year 2022 HHS Budget
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 10:30am ET

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor & HHS Hearing: Mental Health Emergencies: Building a Robust Crisis Response System
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10:00am ET

House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. Oversight Hearing: Environmental Justice in Indigenous Communities
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10:00am ET

House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Hearing: The CLEAN Future Act: Superfund Proposals to Advance Cleanups, Equity, and Climate Resilience
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10:30am ET

House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Legislative Hearing: Protecting Coastal Communities and Ocean Resources from Offshore Drilling
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 1:00pm ET


Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing: Equity in Transportation Infrastructure: Connecting Communities, Removing Barriers, and Repairing Networks across America
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 10:00am ET

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Full Committee Hearing: An Update from Federal Officials on Efforts to Combat COVID-19
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 10:00am ET

U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Hearing: Examining the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 10:00am ET                                          

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing: Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Tourism Economies One Year Later
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 2:30pm ET

Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care Hearing: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond: Improving Mental Health and Addiction Services in Our Communities
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 3:00pm ET

Upcoming Calls & Consultations

Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Reform Policy Committee (MMPC) Monthly Meeting

MMPC’s May Meeting will update Committee Members on the Committee’s priorities and the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. This meeting will also prepare Committee members for the TTAG meeting on Wednesday, May 12th.

  • Date: Monday, May 10th

Time: 2:00pm—4:00pm
To Join: Click here, Meeting ID: 838 1320 9936 Passcode: 723662
Join via telephone: (301) 715-8592 or (312) 626-6799

BIE School Reopening Consultation Regarding K-12 and Residential Facilities

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is holding a Tribal consultation session and a public consultation session to gather input on its school reopening plans. The BIE will rely upon the latest U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding reopening its K-12 schools, residential facilities, and post-secondary schools for safe delivery of in-person and hybrid instruction. BIE is further considering additional items that are beyond ED and CDC guidance as it undertakes the plan updates. Information on the consultation sessions is below. To register for both, click here:

  • Tribal Consultation

Date: Monday, May 10th    Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

  • Public Consultation

Date: Monday, May 10th   Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
Written comments may be emailed to before 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, May 14, 2021.

Nashville Area Listening Session on the Use of Alzheimer’s Disease & HIV Funding

On March 31st, the Indian Health Service (IHS) released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) announcing Tribal consultation on the use of funding authorized to address Alzheimer’s disease and ending the HIV epidemic. Under Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations legislation, $5 million was authorized to address Alzheimer’s disease and $5 million was authorized for supporting work toward the elimination of HIV and hepatitis C in Indian Country. The Nashville Area Listening Session is scheduled for:

  • Date: Tuesday, May 11th   Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Call-in Information: 1-877-801-1365, Participant Code: 6488559
To join via Adobe Connect: Please click, Room Passcode: ihs123
Written comments may be sent to by Tuesday, June 1, 2021, SUBJECT LINE: Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative Funding and/or Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative Funding.

BIE Student Progress and Promotion Policy and BIE Certificate of Completion Policy

On March 2, 2021, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) hosted a Tribal consultation regarding two draft BIE policies to make certain that student promotion is based on the meeting of minimum standards, with high school graduation marking the culmination of a student’s K-12 education. These include: (I) Draft Progress and Promotion Policy, and (2) Draft Certificate of Completion Policy. A draft of the policies are available for review here under ”Part 33 Draft Policy Certificate of Completion” and ” Part 33 Draft Policy Student Progress/Promotion.” The BIE is now planning additional Tribal consultation sessions. Information on both sessions is below:

  • Tribal Consultation

Date: Tuesday, May 11th  Time: 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m.  Call-in Information: 1-800-857-5055, Passcode: 6951606

  • Public Consultation

Date: Tuesday, May 11th    Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET     Call-in Information: 1-800-857-5055, Passcode: 6951606
Written comments are due Thursday, May 20, 2021 at

Department of Homeland Security Tribal Consultation on Presidential Memorandum

Pursuant to the Presidential Memorandum, Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be holding a series of Tribal consultation sessions. Within its Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) and framing paper, DHS has outlined four primary consultation focuses to discuss with Tribal Nations: (a) E.O. 13175 implementation work plan, (b) base-level tribal training for DHS staff, (c) the Department’s revision to its Tribal Consultation Policy, and (d) the Department’s efforts to ensure support for international repatriation efforts. Consultation sessions for this week are:  

  • Tuesday, May 11 at 5:00 pm Eastern (Zoom and phone via Zoom) Register

Written comments may also be sent to with “Tribal Consultation” in the subject line by May 25, 2021 at 6 p.m., Alaska Daylight Time.

DOI Tribal Consultation on Native American Business Incubators Program Act

 The Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) has announced two Tribal consultations on the implementation of the Native American Business Incubators Program Act (P.L. 116-174). This program provides competitive grants to eligible applicants to establish and operate business incubators within Tribal communities. IEED is seeking recommendations from Tribal Nations on program eligibility, application processes, award disbursement, and program administration. USET SPF supported passage of the Native American Business Incubators Program Act by providing Congressional Testimony on January 31, 2017, and signing on to Inter-Tribal Organization letters of support on February 13, 2019, and November 16, 2020. To register for the consultations please click the links below:

IEED Tribal Consultation #1

IEED Tribal Consultation #2

The deadline to submit comments to IEED is June 14, 2021 and can be emailed to with the email subject line “1076-AF63”, or through under BIA-2021-0002.

TTAG to CMS Monthly Conference Call

The Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold their monthly conference call.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 12th    Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm ET
    To Join: Click here, Dial In: 1-833 568 8864 US Toll-free, Meeting ID: 160 685 3822 Password: 184513

Treasury Informational Session and Tribal Consultation on Small Business Credit Initiative Program

On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sent a Dear Tribal Leader letter via email regarding on an upcoming Information Session as well as a separate Tribal Consultation on the Small Business Credit Initiative (SBCI) Program for Tribal governments. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2) provided $500 million to be allocated among federally recognized Tribal Nations to support financing for small businesses in an allocation to be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury. Consideration for distribution of these funds will also be determined by available employment and economic data for each Tribal Nation. The following dates, times, and registration information for the upcoming Information Session and Tribal consultation are as follows:

Information Session on SBCI Program

Tribal Consultation on SBCI Program

The deadline to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply for the SBCI Program is June 11, 2021, and applications for the SBCI Program will be due to Treasury on December 11, 2021. Treasury has stated that the NOI application instructions as well as application forms are forthcoming.


Tribal Organization Meetings

Passamaquoddy Indian Township with Tribal Justice Support HOST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT TRAINING
12:00 – 5:00 pm ET
May 11 – 12

Please contact Sisy Garcia, USET SPF Policy Analyst, if you have any questions.


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