indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Native American Bank - Native people investing in Native communities
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Senate backs bill with $2B for Indian Country
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Filed Under: Politics

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a global health bill on Wednesday that includes $2 billion for Indian Country.

The money is part of a $50 billion package that targets HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases worldwide. Key Senators were able to gain unanimous support for diverting a small chunk towards Indian law enforcement, health and water programs.

"While the primary focus of this legislation is focused on disease prevention overseas, I am pleased that we were able to direct attention to the most pressing needs of Native Americans here in the United States," said Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), who led the fight for the money as part of S.2731.

The bill only authorizes the funds so appropriators will have to ensure the money finds its way to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Department of Justice. But news of the $2 billion was welcomed.

"It will go a long way to address some of the issues that need to be addressed," Robert Moore, a council member for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, said at a Senate hearing this morning.

Jackie Johnson, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, also praised passage of the bill. The money will be "very helpful to law enforcement," she said at the hearing, which focused on tribal justice issues.

The House passed its version of the bill in April without the $2 billion. Thune, however, said he has reached an agreement with Democrats and Republicans to ensure the package that gets sent to President Bush includes the much-needed funds.

"I believe that the first step to creating jobs and economic opportunity on our reservations is improved public safety," he said. "This bill is a major step toward achieving that goal."

Of the $1 billion for public safety and health, $750 million will go towards law enforcement. The breakdown follows:
  • $370 million for detention facility construction, rehabilitation, and placement through the Department of Justice;
  • $310 million for the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Public Safety and Justice Account, which funds tribal police and tribal courts;
  • $30 million for investigations and prosecution of crimes in Indian Country by the FBI and U.S. Attorneys;
  • $30 million for the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Program for Indian and Alaska Native Programs; and,
  • $10 million for cross-deputization or other cooperative agreements between state, local, and tribal governments.
  • The $250 million for health is directed to the IHS. The agency will determine how to split the money between contract health service, construction and rehabilitation of facilities and construction of sanitation facilities.

    The other $1 billion will be used for a variety of water projects on reservations that have already been approved by Congress.

    The bill states that the money will be available immediately, for fiscal year 2009. It will have to be spent over a five year period.

    "While I believe we have a significant moral responsibility to address global AIDS and will do so in the underlying bill, it is also the case that we do not have to go off our shore to find Third World conditions," said Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said on the Senate floor yesterday. "You can go to some Indian reservations in this country and find Third World conditions in this country, dealing with health care, with crime, with education, and a whole range of issues."

    Related Stories:
    Senate weighs $2B in funding for Indian Country (7/15)
    BIA spends $1M on Standing Rock Sioux 'surge' (7/14)
    Column: Sen. Thune takes on law enforcement issues (7/10)
    Ex-BIA official cites need for law enforcement (6/24)
    Federal prosecutor defends efforts at DOJ (6/20)
    Senate panel tackles crime issues in Indian Country (6/20)
    Editorial: Funding alone won't help Standing Rock (6/16)
    Indian Affairs Committee takes up law bill (6/16)
    Editorial: Standing Rock Sioux confront crime (6/13)
    Editorial: Standing Rock crime deserves attention (6/10)
    Sen. Dorgan plans subpoena over BIA jail report (6/5)
    BIA tackles crime on Standing Rock Reservation (6/5)
    Sen. Dorgan plans bill to address Indian Country crime (11/20)



    Copyright © Indianz.Com
    More headlines...
    Stay Connected:
    On Facebook

    On Twitter

    On Google+

    On SoundCloud
    Local Links:
    Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
    Latest News:
    Rosebud Sioux Tribe sues Indian Health Service over shutdown (4/28)
    Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves eight bills at meeting (4/28)
    Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe to debut justice center (4/28)
    Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne official fired from tribal job (4/28)
    Native Sun News: Comments sought on Black Hills mine cleanup (4/28)
    Editorial: Native Sun News endorses Hillary Clinton for president (4/28)
    Cronkite News: EPA slammed for response to Gold King Mine spill (4/28)
    Steve Russell: Donald Trump advisor accuses tribes of terror plot (4/28)
    Alex Jacobs: Hillary Clinton must answer to role in Honduras coup (4/28)
    Northwest tribes inch closer to reburial of Kennewick Man remains (4/28)
    Santee Sioux Tribe hosts task force to address substance abuse (4/28)
    Huge crowds flock to New Mexico for annual Gathering of Nations (4/28)
    Muckleshoot Tribe to host $50K 'Gold Cup' for Indian relay racing (4/28)
    Member of Puyallup Tribe develops 'Teepee' tribal directory app (4/28)
    Man in long fight with Shingle Springs Band faces longer sentence (4/28)
    Tunica-Biloxi Tribe enters gaming agreement with Mohegan Tribe (4/28)
    Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees casino as a path to self-sufficiency (4/28)
    Forest County Potawatomi Tribe announces another hire at casino (4/28)
    Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes rejection of rival casino bid (4/28)
    Senate passes measure to include Indian Country in tourism plans (4/27)
    Amanda Blackhorse to deliver commencement speech at Haskell (4/27)
    Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe aims to stop pipeline (4/27)
    Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge artist gains national recognition (4/27)
    Brandon Ecoffey: 'Bull Dawg' represents the Oglala Lakota Nation (4/27)
    Mark Trahant: Tribes endorse Native candidates for US Congress (4/27)
    John Thune: Tribal citizens suffer with Indian Health Service care (4/27)
    Cronkite News: Tribes support more protections at Grand Canyon (4/27)
    Gabe Galanda: A moral responsibility to stop tribal disenrollment (4/27)
    Vernice Moncooyea Willis: Bernie Sanders deserves our support (4/27)
    Jennifer Denetdale: University must stop celebrating genocide (4/27)
    Eastern Cherokee group hails Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act (4/27)
    Leader of Fort Peck Tribes blames baby's death on drug abuse (4/27)
    Chippewa Cree Tribe and FBI investigate theft of drugs at clinic (4/27)
    Former comptroller of Crow Tribe accused of embezzling $28K (4/27)
    Congress set to pass bill to declare bison as national mammal (4/27)
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moving closer to nominations (4/27)
    Fond du Lac Band won't confirm plan for site adjacent to casino (4/27)
    Graton Rancheria on track to complete $175M casino expansion (4/27)
    Pokagon Band to debut casino expansion project by end of year (4/27)
    Connecticut tribes delay decision on potential casino until 2017 (4/27)
    Oregon Lottery official fired as Lewis and Clark ads come down (4/27)
    Still no answer from US Supreme Court in tribal jurisdiction case (4/26)
    Pine Ridge man sentenced for burning down ex-partner's trailer (4/26)
    Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative secures $190K grant (4/26)
    Native Sun News: Bar seeks to build closer to sacred Bear Butte (4/26)
    Lakota Country Times: Sacred site in limbo due to state appeal (4/26)
    Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to children (4/26)
    Ruth Hopkins: Kardashians glorify stereotypes of Native women (4/26)
    Vernon Masayesva: Peabody can't leave Hopi Tribe with big mess (4/26)
    Peter d'Errico: UN forum can't forget about Doctrine of Discovery (4/26)
    Youth from Coushatta Tribe hail policy change for eagle feathers (4/26)
    Washington team asks Supreme Court to hear trademark appeal (4/26)
    Pit River Tribe claims victory in long-running sacred site dispute (4/26)
    Lummi Nation expects answer on treaty challenge to coal project (4/26)
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Army Corps to discuss oil pipeline (4/26)
    more headlines...

    Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

    Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
    About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

    Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.