The Department of the Interior (Department) Bureau of Indian Affairs' budget received an additional $62 million in funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 117-103) to implement public safety changes in response to the Supreme Court's decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma. The Department is seeking consultation with both the affected Tribes and separately with all Oklahoma Tribes on how to distribute this additional funding in a fair and equitable manner that aligns with the areas of greatest need.
The Department is proposing a two-step framework for allocation of these funds and the Framing Paper (enclosed in the Dear Tribal Leader Letter) goes into detail on how we are proposing to do this. We have proposed some framing questions we would like your input on in the enclosed Framing Paper.
We will hold the consultations in person in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 19, 2022 at the Madrid Room at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center located at 6808 South 10th East Avenue, Tulsa, OK. The details for the sessions are provided below:
- First Session - Open to Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Quapaw Nation and the Seminole Tribe will be held from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CT.
- Second Session - Open to all interested Oklahoma Tribes will be held from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. CT.
You may provide written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 PM ET on August 2, 2022. If you have any questions regarding this consultation, please contact Tracy Goodluck, Senior Policy Advisor, at email@example.com or at (202) 208-7163.
This session is for Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Quapaw Nation and the Seminole Tribe.
Please submit written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 PM ET on August 2, 2022.