Paul Ryan on the Impacts of a Federal Government Shutdown on Indian Affairs


How would a potential shutdown affect Indian Affairs? How would affect services on Reservations?
According to staff at the House Committee on Natural Resources, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) manages or supervises many of the day-to-day affairs of Indian Reservations, particularly the large land-based tribes west of the Mississippi. They are under the assumption that if money were cut off to the BIA they expect “critical” services relating to law enforcement (i.e., BIA police), Indian Health Services relating to life and limb, resource protection will continue. But other operations, such as reviewing and approving a lease of Indian or tribal land to building a house, to sending a check to an Indian, to providing day care, running some dams and irrigation projects, drilling oil and gas, running Indian school operations would shut down. Non-essential personnel, such as a receptionist in a health clinic, might be furloughed. They are under the impression that essential personnel (i.e. doctors, etc) must work. Also, under a certain law, many tribes throughout the U.S. effectively bypass the BIA and receive appropriated money directly – they then provide services through tribal structures rather than through the BIA bureaucracy. Unless the tribes have amassed some reserves, their funding would cease. While well over a hundred tribes operate casinos, not all provide large profits. Most of them receive federal dollars.

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Paul Ryan’s Indian Affairs Votes in 111th and 112th Congresses

111th Congress

H.R. 3590, Permanent Reauthorization of Indian Health Care Improvement Act

Rep. Ryan voted against permanently reauthorizing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act,


H.R. 725, Tribal Law and Order Act

Rep. Ryan voted against Senate amendments to include the Tribal Law and Order Act in the House passed bill,


H.R. 4873, Cobell Settlement Act

Rep. Ryan voted against Senate amendments to include the Cobell settlement in the House passed bill,


H.R. 4873, Water Settlements – Crow, Aamodt, White Mountain Apache, Taos Pueblo

Rep. Ryan voted against Senate amendments include the water settlements for seven tribes in the House passed bill,


112th Congress

H.R. 4970, VAWA Reauthorization

Rep. Ryan voted to pass VAWA reauthorization that did not include tribal provision recognizing tribal authority over non-Indians on Indian lands in domestic violence cases,


H.R. 205, HEARTH Act

Ryan voted for the HEARTH Act,

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