President’s 2022 budget includes funding increases for Indian country, including 36% increase for Indian health services


WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s first fiscal year budget was submitted to Congress on Friday. The budget for the Biden-Harris administration is $ 6 trillion.

The president’s budget contains $ 30.6 billion for federal programs serving aboriginal people and includes several long-standing policy proposals demanded by tribes and tribal organizations.

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Funding for the Indian country is spread over various federal agencies. Overall, the president’s budget contains $ 30.6 billion for federal programs serving aboriginal people and includes several long-standing policy proposals demanded by tribes and tribal organizations.

“President Biden’s Fiscal Year 22 budget is positive proof of his commitment to upholding U.S. fiduciary responsibility to Indigenous tribes and communities,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i), Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Bryan Schatz. “This historic funding for Indigenous communities will improve health outcomes for Native Americans, support educational opportunities for Indigenous students, stimulate tribal economic development, provide much needed investments in community infrastructure, and strengthen the development of Indigenous-led climate solutions. indigenous.”

Two areas that emerge from the president’s budget are the proposed funding for Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior and the Indian Health Service, which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Home Office’s 2022 budget proposal stands at $ 17.6 billion, an increase of $ 2.5 billion, or 17%, from the level adopted in 2021.

Indian Affairs Programs – United States Department of the Interior

A key element of the President’s FY2022 budget request for the Indian country is the President’s accomplishment of what he has done to strengthen the tribal nations. To underscore the administration’s focus on Indian country, there is an increase of $ 727.8 million from the level adopted in 2021, in all Indian Affairs programs of the US Department of the Interior. This increase brings the proposed total to $ 4.2 billion for Indian Affairs programs.

Part of the funding will support a new Indian Land Consolidation Program, which will address the issue of fractional lands and improve the capacity of tribal governments to plan and adapt to climate change and build stronger tribal communities. The budget also includes increases to strengthen tribal natural resource programs, tribal public safety, and efforts to provide leadership and direction for interdepartmental and interagency work involving missing and murdered Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

“The Home Office plays an important role in the president’s plan to reinvest in the American people. From building climate resilience and increasing renewable energy to supporting tribal nations and promoting environmental justice, President Biden’s budget will make much-needed investments in communities and projects that advance our vision of a robust and fair clean energy future, ”said Home Secretary Deb Haaland. noted.

Indian Health Service (IHS) – US Department of Health and Human Services

The presidential budget for fiscal 2022 offers the largest single-year funding increase for IHS in decades. The budget calls for a total of $ 8.5 billion in discretionary funding for IHS. This is an increase of $ 2.2 billion, or 36% from the funding level adopted for fiscal 2021.

IHS budget released on Friday includes significant investments in IHS Indian, Tribal and Urban health programs that will expand access to health services, modernize aging facilities and information technology infrastructure , and deal with urgent health problems, including HIV and hepatitis C, maternal illnesses. mortality and opioid use.

“Today’s announcement recognizes the need to identify long-term solutions to address the funding challenges of IHS, which have a direct impact on the health of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. IHS Acting Director Elizabeth Fowler said.

For more information, please see the IHS Congress Rationale for Fiscal Year 2022.

In addition, the request includes $ 100 million for urban Indian health in the United States.

“For decades, the health of urban Indians has been severely underfunded, even though over 70% of American Indians and Alaska Natives reside in urban areas. As the federal responsibility for health care follows all native people from reserves to the cities where many of us reside today, it is heartening to see the administration and Congress finally prioritizing India’s health care system with a significant increase in resources for next year, ”said Francys Crevier, executive director of the National Urban Indian Health Council.

Congress will consider President Biden’s request as he begins drafting supply bills for fiscal 2022.

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