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Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act

On behalf of the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA), Tribal Leaders are invited to an interagency Tribal consultation on the implementation of the Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act, which was enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 117-58). 

BABA applies a new purchasing preference for American-made products that could significantly impact Tribal infrastructure projects. It provides that "none of the funds made available for a Federal financial assistance program for infrastructure, including each deficient program, may be obligated for a project unless all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in the project are produced in the United States. 

This provision does not apply to the P.L. 93-638 agreements that Tribes have with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

A consultation will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 (see more information below).  Prior to this consultation, a virtual Tribal caucus session will be held from 12:30 - 2:00 pm ET (please note the start time has been updated to 12:30 pm, instead of 1:00 pm as noted in the invitation letter). 

In the event you cannot attend and wish to send a proxy, please notify the WHCNAA by Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at whcnaa@bia.gov

The WHCNAA encourages Tribal Leaders to submit written consultation remarks by Thursday, October 20, 2022, to whcnaa@bia.gov.

Sessions

  • 21
    Sep

    Tribal Caucus

    Listening session Online

    Details

    Tribal caucus is an opportunity for Tribal Leaders to discuss relevant BABA consultation issues without federal policymakers online.

    • Start and End Date(s)
      Start and End Date(s): Wed, Sep 21, 2022
    • Time
      Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern
  • 21
    Sep

    Tribal Consultation

    Tribal consultation session Online

    Details

    Tribal Leaders interested in participating in Tribal Caucus must also register for Tribal Consultation.

    • Start and End Date(s)
      Start and End Date(s): Wed, Sep 21, 2022
    • Time
      Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern

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