Tribes Still Pushing For Inroads On Fed. Agency Contracts

By Andrew Westney (May 2, 2016, 2:58 PM EDT) -- More than 40 years after the passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, tribes continue to make considerable progress in taking over the operation of federal programs, but they still encounter resistance from federal agencies wary of encroachment on their bureaucratic turf.

Tribes have assumed control of myriad services under ISDEAA contracts, from education and road maintenance to social services and health care services, mainly at the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service.

But tribes are also pushing self-determination beyond the bounds of the...

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