President's Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Priorities and Impacts on Indian Country and Insular Areas, United States House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Native Alaska Affairs, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 22, 2016   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the March 22, 2016 hearing, "The President's Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Priorities and Impacts on Indian Country and Insular Areas" before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Lawrence Roberts: "The FY 2017 budget request for Indian Affairs programs totals $2.9 billion, which is $137.6 million more than the FY 2016 enacted level. Within Indian Affairs, our funding priorities are guided by careful coordination with tribes through a regional-to-national planning process through the Tribal Interior Budget Council. These and other sources of tribal input have informed legislative and programmatic initiatives and funding priorities in the FY 2017 budget, including full funding for contract support costs and a proposal to fund contract support costs through a mandatory account beginning in FY 2018. The Indian Affairs budget provides significant increases across a wide range of Federal programs that serve tribes and supports improved tribal access to Federal program and resources. Indian Affairs plays a unique and important role in carrying out the Federal trust responsibility and in serving tribes. The budget makes the most out of each dollar dedicated to Indian Country programs by proposing further development of a one-stop shop approach for facilitating tribal access to Federal funds and programs across the U.S. government." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lawrence Roberts, Esther Kia'aina, Vincent G. Logan, and Mary Smith.

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