Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Plains Regional Office

Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Plains Regional Office National Budget Meeting FY SOUTHERN PLAINS REGIONAL OFFICE JURISDICTION Regional Demographics Total Total Total Total

Total Total Total Agencies\Field Offices: 5 Tribes: 24 Reservations: 20 Acres: 479,015.38 Tribal Enrollment: 116,907 Programs Funded: 41 Employees: 225

ANADARKO AGENCY TRIBES: KIOWA COMANCHE APACHE FT. SILL APACHE CADDO DELAWARE WICHITA & AFFILIATED SUPERINTENDENT: ROSE ROBERSON CONCHO AGENCY TRIBES:

CHEYENNE & ARAPAHO SUPERINTENDENT: BETTY TIPPICONNIC PAWNEE AGENCY TRIBES: KAW OTOE-MISSOURIA PAWNEE PONCA TONKAWA ACTING SUPERINTENDENT: JEREMY LOVEKAMP

HORTON AGENCY TRIBES: IOWA TRIBE OF KS & NE KICKAPOO TRIBE IN KS PRAIRIE BAND POTAWATOMI SAC & FOX OF MO SUPERINTENDENT: ANTOINETTE HOULE SHAWNEE FIELD OFFICE TRIBES: ABSENTEE-SHAWNEE CITIZEN POTAWATOMI IOWA TRIBE OF OK

KICKAPOO TRIBE OF OK SAC & FOX NATION OF OK REGIONAL OFFICE TRIBES: ALABAMA-COUSHATTA TRIBE OF TX KICKAPOO TRADITIONAL TRIBE OF TX Budget Priorities Scholarships & Adult

Education Criminal Investigations Tribal Courts ICW Social Services Tribal Government Scholarships & Adult Education Issues regarding Education continue to remain the same:

Rising tuition costs + deeper cuts in state funding + more students applying for Scholarships = Less $$ available per student Even with federal assistance, students still have a huge unmet need;

Scholarships & Adult Education Many Tribes have no resources to support students beyond a minimal amount; Students are forced to take out student loans or drop out altogether;

Tribes cannot keep up with the demand at present funding levels Scholarships & Adult Education Increased funding is needed to enable tribal members to continue higher education goals; Relieve financial burdens from struggling Indian families; Increase the amount of assistance and number of applicants served; Contribute to the success of Indian communities and families;

Criminal Investigations Approximately 70% of funds under Criminal Investigations & Police Services are executed at the tribal level under P.L. 93638 or Self-Governance compacts; Most of the funding is used for employee salaries and benefits;

Major non-labor costs include vehicles & equipment; Criminal Investigations, Continued Due to inadequate funding tribes are forced to supplement their programs from other tribally generated resources;

Tribes are hard pressed to provide adequate staff, training and other tactical equipment such as: Uniforms, Firearms, Ballistic vests, Tasers and advanced training for officers; Criminal Investigations,

Continued Drug use & Distribution remains a major factor in violent crime and seriously impacts the health and safety of Indian communities; Suicide Prevention Programs a great need; Recent BIA study clearly reveals results linked to resources; as funding increased, violent crimes decreased When funding was reduced, violent crime increased;

Criminal Investigations, Continued Increase in funding is needed for tribes to ensure public safety and reduce the number of violent crimes in their communities; Would provide adequate resources for vehicle replacement, upgrading communication and tactical equipment; Provide resources for advanced training for tribal officers and opportunities for community outreach; Tribal Courts

Tribes utilize this funding for salaries and related administrative costs for judges, prosecutors, public defenders, court clerks and other court support staff central to the operation of tribal justice systems; Tribal court systems are evolving and need to grow to meet the increasing demands of tribal communities and; Increased demands of TLOA & VAWA require courts to expand judicial capabilities; Tribal Courts, continued

Increased funding is needed to for tribes to keep pace with the demands of federal requirements; Increase court days; Reduce caseloads; Address space, equipment and personnel issues; And continue to dispense fair and equitable justice within their communities; Indian Child Welfare Ultimate goal of the ICWA is to prevent the

separation of Indian families; Provide assistance for the reunification of Indian families; Requirements of federal, state and tribal laws involve an immense amount of time and attention; Result has been an increased caseload and associated responsibilities to tribes without increasing necessary resources; ICW, continued Increase in funds are needed for tribes to

hire and train adequate staff; Reduce the staff to client ratio; Conduct community outreach and education; Workshops to enhance tribal culture and traditional values to children & youth; Financial support for foster parents & foster parent recruitment; Social Services

Social workers are the first responders for child and family services on reservations and Indian country; Tribal social workers manage caseloads that are double and sometimes triple the national standard of the client to staff ratio; High unemployment rates increase the need

for extended services for many clients; Social Service, Continued Limited resources reduces the amount of assistance to needy families; Increase in funding is needed to reduce the client to staff ratio allowing tribes to improve quality of services to the clients;

To focus on expanding the initiatives of Tiwahe in support for youth and families; Tribal Government Indian Nations have always held selfgovernance and self-determination as their inherent right as a sovereign people;

Federal Policy required tribes to adopt standardized, non-conforming and foreign constitutions in order to be recognized as sovereign nations; Tribal Government, continued Tribes are faced with the need to reorganize and develop tribal constitutions and governments that are more compatible with their tribal laws, customs and policies;

Overall, funding has not been sufficient to address all of the requirements and needs for strong and stable tribal governments; Tribal Government, continued Increased funding is needed for tribes to reform and modernize their governments and programs; Upgrade equipment and data systems;

Hire qualified staff in key positions; Improve communication and services to tribal members; OTHER TRIBAL CONCERNS

Emergency Management: Tribes looking for resources to respond to emergencies\ natural and man-made disasters other than FEMA; Fracking activities believed to be linked to increased earthquakes in Oklahoma; OTHER TRIBAL CONCERNS, continued

JOM: Tribes concerned with getting an accurate student count and increasing JOM assistance which is currently at $66.00 per student; Adult Education: Revision in regulations that disqualify Indian students living in nonservice areas; OTHER TRIBAL CONCERNS, continued

Contract Support Costs: Ongoing issue in regards to being fully funded during Continuing Resolutions; Discretionary vs. Mandatory: How to approach Congress & Senate on declaring tribes funding mandatory; TPA: How can funding levels (formulas) be re-evaluated to address Tribal Unmet Needs; OTHER TRIBAL CONCERNS, continued SEQUESTERED FUNDS:

Sequestered funds should be restored at the tribal level as a first priority; Requiring tribes to pay for the federal governments shortfall by reducing funds and services to tribes is not an acceptable solution; 2018 Funding Request SCHOLARSHIPS &

ADULT EDUCATION: +$2,141,088 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS: + $1,762,768 TRIBAL COURTS: +$1,461,399 ICW: +$1,348,108 SOCIAL SERVICES: +$1,237,249

TRIBAL GOVERNMENT: +$1,047,366 Thank you!

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