Haaland’s Bipartisan PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act Clears First Hurdle in the House
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s (NM-01) PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act, HB 2031, cleared its first hurdle in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States. This bipartisan bill aims to enhance Tribes’ self-governance over federally funded programs to support tribal communities.
“Tribes know what’s best for their communities. However, serious gaps continue to exist that hinder the full exercise of tribal self-governance, which is why I introduced the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act. We’re one step closer to empowering tribes through Self-governance, a successful way to manage programs with the flexibility to utilize federal funds in a way that best fits the needs of tribal communities,” said Rep. Deb Haaland, Co-Chair of the Native American Caucus.
During the hearing, tribal leaders and organizations, testified in support of the bill. “Under self-governance, Tribes have assumed the management of a large number of DOI programs, including roads, housing, education, law enforcement, court systems, and natural resources management. Self-Governance works, because it places management responsibility in the hands of those who care most about seeing Indian programs succeed: Indian Tribes and their citizens,” said the Hon. W. Ron Allen, Chairman of the Board of the the Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium.
The U.S. Senate companion bill passed the on the Senate Floor in June. The PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act will now move to the full House Natural Resources Committee for consideration.