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Report
SOUTHWEST
REGION
TRIBAL/INTERIOR BUDGET
COUNCIL
NATIONAL BUDGET MEETING
FY 2014
Washington, D.C.
March 27-28, 2012
Southwest Region
• Consists of 24 tribes and one Navajo Chapter
located in parts of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico,
Arizona and Texas
• A land base of 4.8 million acres.
• The tribes within the Region are culturally
diverse groups, comprised of the Apache, Ute,
Pueblo and Ramah Navajo extractions.
• Government structures among the twenty-five
tribal entities range from eighteen traditional
forms of government to seven conventional
constitutional governments.
Promises of Justice, and
Prosperity…
OUR VISION
Eliminate disparities for all American
Indian / Alaska Native people
OUR COMMON GOAL
To fully fund the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Legal Basis for Federal Services
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United States Constitution Article VI
The Snyder Act of 1921
The Transfer Act of 1954
Indian Sanitation Facilities and Services Action of
1959
The Indian Self-Determination and Education
Assistance Act (enacted 1975)
Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976
The Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Prevention and Treatment Act of 1986
The Indian Child Protection and Family Violence
Prevention Act of 1990
Southwest Priorities
• Due to the lack of funding across the
board for our programs, it is unrealistic to
choose which program is a priority over
another.
• For too long, Tribes have been left with
fighting over the scraps of an underfunded
budget.
Education
• Maintain continuity of funds for the JOM
program
• Provide funding for increased student
count
• Provide funding for culturally relevant
programs including the Native language
• Increase Scholarship funding for higher
education opportunities
Public Safety & Justice and
Law Enforcement Services
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Detention Services
Tribal Justice
Drug Task Forces
Step up Traffic Citations
Decrease highway fatalities,
property crimes, illegal drug
activities
Law Enforcement Services
• Achieve parity with national rate of police
officers per thousand population
• Law Enforcement initiative that will provide
sustained, and adequate budget resources
over several years to support hiring,
training and equipping of police officers.
• Recruitment and retention of Law
Enforcement personnel.
Tribal Justice/Courts
• Fully fund the Indian Tribal Justice Act of
1993
• Fund professional court positions
• Recruitment and retention of Tribal Judges
• Upgrades to technology, training and law
references
Tribal Justice/Courts Cont’d
• Technical assistance to Update
legal codes
• Reengineer juvenile justice systems
• Operate drug and DWI courts
• Prevention programs to reduce
repeat offenders
• Increase use of technology
Natural Resources
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Real Estate
Wildlife and Parks
Agriculture and Range
Forrest
Water Development/Rights
Range & Agriculture
• Implementation of
Best Management
Practices
• Habitat Restoration
• Protection from
Deterioration
Range & Agriculture
• Complete Range
and Vegetation
Surveys
• Prepare Rangeland
and Farmland
Management Plans
Tribal Priority Allocation (TPA)
Annually, tribes are requested to establish
their budget priorities. The Southwest
Regional Tribes contend that all Tribal
Priority Allocation (TPA) programs are
priorities. It is unrealistic to say that one
program is more important than another,
especially when they are all inadequately
funded.

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