Text: S.952 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (03/21/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 952


To amend the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 to provide funds for training in tribal leadership, management, and policy, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 21, 2007

Mr. McCain introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs


A BILL

To amend the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 to provide funds for training in tribal leadership, management, and policy, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Findings.

Congress finds that—

(1) the Federal Government favors a policy of self-determination for Indian tribes;

(2) consistent with the policy described in paragraph (1), Indian tribes continue to assume more control of the affairs of the Indian tribes in order to exercise the status provided to the Indian tribes in treaties, court decisions, and legislation;

(3) as a result of that increased assumption of control, Indian tribes require enhanced leadership preparation and greater access to information—

(A) relating to the research and analysis of successful models for tribal government and business operations; and

(B) that is similar to the information regularly available to Federal, State, and local governments;

(4) enabling Indian tribes to develop a strong leadership and governing policy—

(A) is consistent with the policy of the Federal Government relating to the encouragement and support of tribal self-determination; and

(B) increases the likelihood that tribal governments will achieve political and economic self-determination; and

(5) in accordance with section 6(7) of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 (20 U.S.C. 5604(7)), the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation, in cooperation with the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, has provided to Indian tribes leadership and management training, policy analysis, and research of the quality and type required by Indian tribes for the achievement of self-determination.

SEC. 2. Native nations leadership, management, and policy.

(a) Definitions.—Section 4 of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 (20 U.S.C. 5602) is amended—

(1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking “For the purposes of this Act—” and inserting “In this Act—”;

(2) by redesignating paragraphs (6) through (9) as paragraphs (7) through (10), respectively; and

(3) by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:

“(6) the terms ‘Indian tribe’ and ‘tribe’ have the meaning given the term ‘Indian tribe’ in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b).”.

SEC. 3. Authorization of appropriations.

Section 13 of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 (20 U.S.C. 5609) is amended by striking subsection (c) and adding the following:

“(c) Training in tribal leadership, management, and policy.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out section (6)(7)—

“(A) $500,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 and 2009;

“(B) $750,000 for fiscal year 2010; and

“(C) $1,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

“(2) EXCEPTION.—An appropriation made under paragraph (1) shall not be subject to section 7(c).”.