Advocacy/Legislative Update 11.13.20

Biden Transition Team Includes Chickasaw Tribal member With the transfer of power taking place in our nation’s capital, the President-elect has charged a team with making recommendations for key positions within the soon to be President’s cabinet.   Kevin Washburn, who served as the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs for the Obama/Biden administration, has been tapped to assist in leading a …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 10.23.20

PROGRESS ACT signed…but no real progress President Donald Trump finally signed S.209, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act, into law, a month after the bill cleared its final hurdle in Congress. S.209, also known as the PROGRESS Act, implements long-overdue reforms to help tribes exercise greater self-governance over …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 10.2.20

First Presidential Debate President Trump and Vice President Biden had the first Presidential Debate of 2020 and it was…..not great. Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News appeared to be babysitting at times when the two candidates both tried to speak over one another.  Name-calling, family bashing, price-gouging, with a hint of racism mixed in.  Story here and another here. President …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 9.18.20

Murkowski writes NCAI a letter…tells them to shape up As you guys know there is a battle being waged over who gets COVID money that was set aside for “tribal governments”.  Needless to say, lower 48 Tribes (and NCAI) were upset with Alaska Native Corporations tried to get in on the money.  So upset that they took them to court.  …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 8.28.20

News happened…… State Reports: Federal Reports: News Links: State News: Tribal groups sue over ANWR decision Alaska Attorney General is yuck Fairbanks Police Chief resigns after only one year on the job Oil Tax Initiative Wins Court Battle Long time Fbks Senator gets ousted in the Republican Primary National News: Companies can pollute all they want because of COVID Interesting …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 8.14.20

State Sues Over Hunting Decision The State of Alaska has filed a preliminary injunction against the Federal Subsistence Board decision that gave local federal land managers the authority to open federal lands in their respective jurisdictions for fishing and hunting by emergency or temporary regulations to lessen food insecurities due to COVID19.  The state alleges that this act constituted an …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 7.24.20

Deficit of $1.3 Billion I know, I know.  I have written about it before a million (a billion) times but it is getting real, yo.  Our principal savings account will be exhausted this fiscal year.  And we may be getting an #overdrawn slip from our bank account once the legislature reconvenes and takes up the supplemental budget.  Remember that any …

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