Presentation on theme: "Presenters BIA – Diane Rosen, Regional Director Tribes – Darrell Seki, Tribal Treasurer, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians – Mark Montano, Director of."— Presentation transcript:
Presenters BIA – Diane Rosen, Regional Director Tribes – Darrell Seki, Tribal Treasurer, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians – Mark Montano, Director of Tribal Operations, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
The Midwest Region serves 35 Tribes in : – Minnesota – Michigan – Iowa – Wisconsin – Indiana
Total Acres62 million Forest Acres41 million Lakes Acres 2.2 million Wetlands Acres 4.8 million Stream Miles 15,396 Natural Resources Midwest Region (all Indian land including treaty and ceded areas)
President’s Requested Increases (Decreases) to the 6 Largest Interior Agencies Over the Prior Year Enacted Level. FY 2012 Budget RequestFY 2013 Budget Request
FY 2012 Congressionally Enacted Funding Decreases for the 6 Largest Interior Agencies
Budget Increases for the 6 Largest Interior Agencies FY2004 to FY2013
On February 27, 2013, Midwest Region TIBC representatives sent a letter to Tribal Leaders in the Region, expressing their dissatisfaction about the FY 2015 budget process, including the ranking/prioritizing of tribal programs. The Motion below was adopted by Midwest Region Tribes at the Regional Budget Meeting, along with modified FY 2015 Budget Worksheets. Midwest Region Tribal Interior Budget Council Official Action: “The Midwest Region Tribes attending the budget meeting February 6th and 7th, 2013 put forward the attached Initiatives with no rank or order and further stipulate that we do not agree to any reductions in funding that directly affects the Tribes in our Region. Furthermore, the Midwest Region Tribes do not want these initiatives to be used in any way to determine, propose or enact cuts to the Indian Affairs budget, with the exception of the 5% reduction information.
Activities (Sub activities, Program Elements) OJS (Courts, Law Enforcement) Human Services (ICWA, Welfare Assistance) BIE (Scholarships) Trust – Natural Resources Management (Rights Protection Implementation, TMD, Wildlife and Parks) Tribal Government (Aid to Tribal Govt., CTGP, SG Compacts, CSC, ISD Fund, New Tribes, Small & Needy Tribes, Road Maintenance) FY 2015 Budget Worksheet Top 5 Initiatives for a 3% Increase
Activities (Sub activities, Program Elements) OJS (Courts, LE, Detention, CLEOP, Fire Protection) Trust – Natural Resources Management(RPI, TMD, W&P, Fish Hatchery Operations & Maintenance, Forestry, Forestry Projects, Water Mgmt & Pre- Development, Invasive Spp., Nat. Resources TPA, Climate Change) Human Services (Social Services, Welfare Assistance, ICWA, HIP) BIE (Scholarships, JOM) Tribal Government (Aid to Tribal Govt., CTGP, SG Compacts, CSC, ISD Fund, New Tribes, Small & Needy Tribes, Road Maintenance) Top 5 Initiatives for a 10% Increase FY 2015 Budget Worksheet
RankProgram 1Information Resources Technology 2Minerals and Mining, Administrative Services 3Intra-Governmental Payments/Indian Land & Water Claim Settlements and Misc. Payments Top 3 Budget Decreases (-5%) in Rank Order (1 = Least impact) FY 2015 Budget Worksheet
Cuts to Tribal Government Funding Tribal Priority Allocations (TPA) Fund Core Government Services ________________________________________ 1996 TPA Cut:16% TPA Cuts:10% 2013/2014 TPA Sequester Cut: 9% Total TPA Cuts since 1996: 35% _________________________________________ Only increases for most TPA programs were Pay Costs, but they were fully funded only once (2008)
Estimate of the Number of Tribal Jobs Lost Due to Sequestration
Midwest Region Service Impacts from Sequestration Public Safety: fewer cops and firefighters will result in threats to human life; jails will become less safe; and criminal court cases will get bogged down. Human Services: sharp reductions in foster care placements; welfare assistance payments will be denied; and child welfare cases will go unaddressed. Education: school children will lose essential supplies and tutoring; and the denial of scholarships funding will cause many students to drop out of college. Natural Resources: surveys and enhancement projects will be curtailed or shutdown; active management procedures will be cut back, resulting in additional job losses for those who log, fish, and gather traditional foods for a living; and threatened/endangered species will be unprotected. BIA Services: Midwest Region services to tribes will be sharply curtailed, and positions eliminated or furloughed.
Midwest Region Lien Waiver Request Immediate Benefits Provide an immediate source of revenue to Tribes Reduced administrative costs associated with processing and maintaining lien information by Tribe, by tract and by interest The appraisal and collection of fair market rent can be waived if no liens exist on title for 100% Tribally owned allotments. Hearth Act - Tribal tracts of land which are encumbered with ILCP liens will continue to require administrative assistance by the BIA, conflicting with the intent of the Hearth Act. Information gathered from TAAMS Adhoc Reports