The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have disproportionately impacted Tribal governments and Tribal communities, and this bill gives Tribes a fair and equal opportunity to apply for this once-in-a-generation opportunity to obtain a spectrum license.” -Irene Flannery, Director, AMERIND Critical Infrastructure, “Many tribal nations have found it impossible to meet the previous Tribal Priority Window (TPW) application requirements and deadline due to existing inequities in rural tribal communities, which were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kevin J. Allis, Chief Executive Officer of the National Congress of American Indians. This bill remedies that failure. -John Windhausen, Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, “Ownership of spectrum plays a critical role for Tribal Nations in the deployment of urgently needed broadband and other mobile communications services on Tribal lands. It authorizes new guidelines for handling sexual assault and domestic violence crimes, from training for law enforcement and court officers, to boosting conviction rates through better evidence collection, to providing better and more comprehensive services to victims. The Act encourages the hiring of more law enforcement officers for Indian lands and provides additional tools to address critical public safety needs. This legislation is co-sponsored by Representatives Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Angus King (Maine). Today, the United States scores above the world average for connection rates to fixed broadband services for Americans living off Tribal lands at 92 percent, but only 65 percent of native Americans living on Tribal lands have access to these wireless services. But millions of people, many of whom are members of rural tribal communities, still don’t have access to reliable broadband service,” said Senator Merkley. Our bill will help us quickly expand our broadband infrastructure so that more Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, and American Indian communities can get online,” said Senator Schatz. 2008 Acts, ch 1184, §39; 2010 Acts, ch 1031, §159 – 161, 170 216A.162 Establishment — purpose.1.A commission of Native American affairs is established consisting of eleven voting members appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate.2. Now more than ever, we must ensure Tribes have the opportunity to access broadband on their lands. No Internet access means no access to the economic opportunities the Internet holds. “As every Maine person knows, access to broadband is no longer an option but a necessity – made all the more critical during this pandemic where connectivity is serving students, workers, businesses and families,” said Senator King. The Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act of 2020 would specifically: The Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act of 2020 has broad support from Tribes, Tribal organizations, health care, education, and human rights groups. “Especially as Tribal communities continue to grapple with COVID-19 response, when broadband service is critical to access telemedicine, online education, and teleworking, they must have the opportunity to adapt to an increasingly broadband-reliant society. As our nation becomes ever more dependent upon connectivity, including to combat COVID-19 and to maintain our way of life amid lockdowns, the digital divide between Indian Country and other communities throughout America becomes even more stark. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020. “Over one-third of Americans living on Tribal lands lack access to broadband services. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the urgent need for internet access across our state, particularly in our Alaska Native communities,” said Congressman Don Young. Thirty days was not enough. In GovTrack.us, a database of bills in the U.S. Congress. I’m proud to support the Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act so that Nevada’s tribes can use this extra time to participate in this broadband opportunity, and I’ll continue to fight for resources that help Nevada’s Native communities thrive.”, “From patients engaging in telehealth visits, to students studying remotely, and employees working from home, high-quality broadband access has never been so vital to maintaining our public health, education, and economy. Specifically, the Act authorizes tribes to execute agricultural and business leases of tribal trust lands for a primary term of 25 years and up to two renewal terms of 25 years each. It also encourages development of more effective prevention programs to combat alcohol and drug abuse among at-risk youth. “Since the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 we are making progress in ensuring that Tribes are able to access law enforcement databases, which is critical to meeting public safety needs. But unfortunately COVID-19 has not been the great equalizer, and has only contributed to the digital divide. Specifically, the CARES Act will provide $69 million to BIE at “But across the nation, tribal communities are among the least connected populations – creating a digital divide that is only growing wider as coronavirus and distance protocols keep us responsibly apart from one another. Tribal government means the governing body of a federally recognized Indian tribe. * : Ten Yeors of Tribal Government under the Indian Reorganization Act 1 Table A. Indion Tribes, Bonds and Communities which voted to accept • : or reject the terms of the I. R. A., the dates when elections were held, ^; and the votes cast ^ •. The Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act helps provide rural, indigenous communities additional flexibility to expand access to broadband service,” said Senator Hirono. “About one-third of Nevada’s Indian Country households don’t have stable or reliable internet access, creating barriers to critical online services like telemedicine, online education and basic communication between tribes. “Tribal communities in Oregon and nationwide desperately need quality wireless broadband access to keep on top of healthcare, school and remote work during the COVID-19 crisis. CDC/ATSDR’s tribal support activities focus on fulfilling CDC's supportive role in ensuring that American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities receive public health services that keep them safe and healthy. The Act encourages the hiring of more law enforcement officers for Indian lands and provides additional tools to address critical public safety needs. E-rate enables robust and affordable internet access for public libraries and K–12 schools. Kévin pierced my nose for me today and it was a really wonderful experience! “The coronavirus pandemic has upended life in our country, making broadband access particularly critical as students are participating in remote learning and people are working from home. It authorizes new guidelines for handling sexual assault and domestic violence crimes, from training for law enforcement and court officers, to boosting conviction rates through better evidence collection, to providing better and more comprehensive services to victims. Secure .gov websites use HTTPS S. 2205 (115th). Contributors to this site include the Office of Tribal Justice,Office of Community Oriented Policing Services,Office of Justice Programs, Public Knowledge commends Rep. Haaland and Sen. Warren for their work to help close the digital divide on Tribal lands. Oct. 25, 2017. 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments. 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"During the pandemic it's especially important for telehealth and distance learning. History books, newspapers, and other sources use the popular name to refer to these laws. One, a reference to a Public Law number, is a link to the bill as it was originally passed by Congress, and will take you to the LRC THOMAS legislative system, or GPO FDSYS site. The FCC should have recognized this and extended its last Rural Tribal Priority Window by at least 180 days. Full list of endorsements is available here. The Tribal Law & Order Act helps to address crime in tribal communities and places a strong emphasis on decreasing violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. And sometimes they are meant to garner political support for a law by giving it a catchy name (as with the 'USA Patriot Act' or the 'Take Pride in America Act') or by invoking public outrage or sympathy (as with any number of laws named for victims of crimes). “As technology accelerates, we need to do more to improve broadband connectivity on Tribal land. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM), lead cosponsor of the Tribal Connect Act : "I commend the American Library Association for their commitment to ensuring broadband access for all tribal libraries and working to increase participation in the federal E-rate program that connects students to the internet. NCAI is grateful to Representative Haaland and Senator Warren for their leadership on this issue and urges Congress to pass this important legislation.” -Kevin J. Allis, Chief Executive Officer, National Congress of American Indians, "Senator Warren’s and Representative Haaland’s bill rights an egregious wrong of the Trump FCC - refusing to extend adequately the tribal priority window for prime 2.5 GHz spectrum. This legislation will ensure Tribes won’t be blocked from claiming spectrum over their lands just because that same pandemic has made it harder to submit applications to the FCC,” said Senator Wyden. This legislation would help address that issue and give Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations a fighting chance at reducing the digital divide." Contact the Webmaster to submit comments. Create additional time for Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to apply for unassigned spectrum licenses over Tribal lands to deploy internet services. U.S. Department of Justice Tribes need the FCC to work directly with them to provide much needed access to more spectrum and the Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act of 2020 will accomplish this in 2.5 GHz licensing. Specifically, a state or local government may not unreasonably discriminate among providers of functionally equivalent services, may not regulate in a manner that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the provision of personal wireless services, must act on applications within a reasonable per… We look forward to seeing Tribes utilize this spectrum to ensure connectivity for their communities.” -Jenna Leventoff, Senior Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge, “Spectrum over tribal lands, as any other resource, should be owned by the tribes to be used as determined & prioritized by them for the direct benefit of their tribal members.” -Pueblo of Jemez Department of Education, "The 2.5 GHz spectrum can be transformational for Tribal Nations - particularly those in remote areas that providers do not serve, as we've seen with the Havasupai Nation. We must ensure broadband is accessible for all,” said Representative Angie Craig. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. “Far too many Native communities lack reliable internet access, shutting them out of a 21st-century economy and limiting their access to life-saving services. It also encourages development of more effective prevention programs to combat alcohol and drug abuse among at-risk youth. The Department of Treasury provided guidance to recipients of the funding available under section 601(a) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) April 22. CDC/ATSDR Tribal Support is the primary link between CDC, the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and tribal governments. On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, H.R. “Broadband is the key to education, health care, and economic opportunity. Tribal Action Planning . A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States. This leaves approximately 1.5 million people on reservations without access to basic wireless services. “Certainly, it is critical that tribes have the ability to utilize the same technologies available to the rest of rural America, but it is also necessary that we ensure they have enough time to apply for spectrum licenses. That is why I’m proud to cosponsor – and why Congress must immediately pass – the Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act of 2020,” said Representative Ruben Gallego. 3846] VerDate 11-MAY-2000 12:30 Jul 26, 2004 Jkt 029139 PO 00278 Frm 00002 Fmt 6580 Sfmt 6581 E:\PUBLAW\PUBL278.108 APPS06 PsN: PUBL278. Video Service Delivery Centers (VSD) have been set up in some communities to help make Social Security services more accessible in rural and reservation communities. The Act encourages the hiring of more law enforcement officers for Indian lands and provides additional tools to address critical public safety needs. This bill will prioritize Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and extend the window for them to apply for these licenses. The Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act of 2020 is a step forward and one of the many things we must do to connect more people to affordable, reliable internet service.". The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries. Applicants in the Rural Tribal Window may designate their own desired license areas, so long as the entire area is rural Tribal land, and the applicant has a local presence in the area. July 22, 2004 [H.R. Social Security programs support tribal communities through retirement, disability, and survivors benefits; providing a safety net for workers and their families. By Mail: By advancing the distribution of affordable broadband service on tribal lands, we can indeed bridge the digital divide and improve tribal economic development and affirm tribal sovereignty,” said Congressman Tom Cole, co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus. The Nation amended the Independent Press Act in 2009, to further clarify and protect tribal media’s independence, and adopted the Shield Act in 2012 to protect journalists from having to disclose their sources or work product. Through the persuasive efforts of U.S. tribes, tribal organizations and the tourism industry, the United States Senate and House of Representatives voted to enact the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act. NATIVE Act Timeline. Link to Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s letter calling for an extended application window is available here. “The federal government has a long road ahead when it comes to addressing its extensive record of condemnable actions against Native peoples, and that road must include making sure that every tribal community has the tools, like broadband, that they need to stay healthy and thrive.”. The Tribal Law and Order Act helps to address crime in tribal communities and places a strong emphasis on decreasing violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (Oklahoma) Oklahoma City Indian Clinic supports practicing social distancing during the upcoming holidays, including Halloween. We applaud Senator Warren and Congresswoman Haaland for working to create additional opportunities for Tribes to access the spectrum on their lands. They shouldn’t have to organize a Day of Action—in the middle of pandemic, no less—simply to get the FCC to pay attention to a request for adequate time. The tribal college in Oklahoma serves many students from rural areas where internet access is scant, so mail was a quick fix as the college moved online. For questions about the Coordinated Tribal Solicitation Assistance Solicitation, Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization 2013, Corrected Data in the Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions Reports for 2011-12, 2013, and 2014, U.S. Department of Justice Report on Enhanced Tribal-Court Sentencing Authority, Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned From Tribes, Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Memorandum of Agreement, August 2011, The Tribal Law and Order Act Plan Long Term Plan to Build and Enhance Tribal Justice Systems, August 2011, Full Text of the Tribal Law and Order Act, United States Attorney Tribal Law and Order Act Directives, COPS Office Report to Congress, January 2011, BJS Compendium of Tribal Crime Data, June 2011. Toble B Indian Tribes, … “Access to reliable, high speed broadband is critical to supporting and strengthening our tribal nations in Wisconsin,” said Senator Baldwin. The bill is the third COVID-19 legislative package and includes $2 billion in relief to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, the CARES Act includes flexible direct support through the Departments of Education and the Interior for BIE-funded schools (i.e., federally-operated, Tribal 638 contract, and Tribal 297 grant) as well as Tribal Colleges and Universities to address needs such as student IT. Signed into law in July, 2010, the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) amends the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1986, expanding the number of Federal agencies required to coordinate their efforts on alcohol and substance abuse issues in American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Tribes can’t afford to wait any longer, so we’re introducing a bill that creates a new window for Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to apply for broadband spectrum so that they have the ability to focus on combating this virus and deploy wireless internet access that they desperately need,” said Congresswoman Haaland, Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus. President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act into law on July 29, 2010. Washington, DC 20530-0001, By Email:tribalgrants@usdoj.gov Any federally recognized Tribe or Alaska Native Village may apply for spectrum in the Rural Tribal Window. Since the beginning of April, the Federal Communications Commission has received numerous requests to extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window for application by no less than 180 days from the original deadline of August 3, 2020. With the FCC refusing to honor its obligations to Indian Country, Congress must step up to ensure all Tribal Nations have the opportunity to access spectrum rights over our sovereign territories. Section 332(c)(7) of the Communications Actpreserves state and local authority over zoning and land use decisions for personal wireless service facilities, but sets forth specific limitations on that authority. When he saw a familiar face at ANJC, though, he found the help he needed to get sober and become a success. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation CARES Act program benefits tribal citizens and tribally owned businesses hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Why ICWA? In 2018 alone, the Internet sector accounted for $2.1 trillion of … The U.S. Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) in an attempt to protect and preserve the cultural integrity of Indian children and their Tribes by focusing attention on Indian children and their communities. There are programs and resources available to help … PUBLIC LAW 108–278—JULY 22, 2004 118 STAT. 748, was signed into law. Leases of tribal trust lands for residential, recreational, religious or educational purposes … A bill to improve access by Indian tribes to support from the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support program (E-rate) of the Federal Communications Commission, and for other purposes. “Rural” means an area that does not include an urbanize… Official websites use .gov Consortia of federally recognized Tribes and/or Native Villages, or other entities controlled and majority owned by such Tribes or consortiums, are also eligible to apply.