S.209 - Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] (Introduced 01/24/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Indian Affairs | House - Natural Resources|
|Committee Meetings:||12/05/19 10:00AM|
|Committee Reports:||H. Rept. 116-422; S. Rept. 116-34|
|Latest Action:||10/21/2020 Became Public Law No: 116-180. (TXT | PDF) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.209 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 116-180 (10/21/2020)
Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act of 2019 or the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act
This bill replaces the Tribal Self-Governance Demonstration Project with the Tribal Self-Governance Program. Under the program, Native American tribes or organizations may receive grants to plan for participation in self-governance and to negotiate the terms of participation.
In addition, the bill revises the Department of the Interior's process for approving self-governance compacts and funding agreements with tribes. Interior must negotiate contracts and funding agreements to maximize implementation of the self-governance policy. The bill sets forth requirements for tribes participating in self-governance with respect to conflicts of interest, audits, redesign and consolidation of programs, retrocession of programs, non-duplication of funding, and records.
Funding agreements must include provisions for Interior to monitor the performance of trust functions by the tribe and to reassume a program and funding under specified circumstances.
Tribes participating in self-governance may elect to assume some federal responsibilities with respect to certain construction projects.
The bill prohibits obligating a tribe to continue performance of a compact or funding agreement that provides insufficient funding.