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First Ever Secretary s Tribal Advisory Committee Convenes

☷First Ever Secretary s Tribal Advisory Committee Convenes

U.S. Department of the Interior
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   Committee leadership announced 9/29/2022 Date: Thursday , September 29 , 2022Contact: Interior_Press@ios . doi . govWASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior’s first - ever Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee ( STAC ) held its kick - off meeting this week . Secretary Deb Haaland announced that President Whitney Gravelle ( Bay Mills Indian Community ) and Chairwoman Erica Pinto ( Jamul Indian Village ) will serve as the new Chair and Vice Chair of the STAC , respectively . The STAC , which was announced as part of the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit...... and launched in June 2022 , will ensure Tribal leaders have direct and consistent contact and communication with current and future Department officials to facilitate robust discussions on intergovernmental responsibilities , exchange views , share information , and provide advice and recommendations regarding Departmental programs and funding that impact Tribal Nations to advance the federal trust responsibility . “Tribes deserve a seat at the decision - making table before policies are made that impact their communities . With new leadership helping to guide the first - ever Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee , Tribal leaders will engage at the highest levels of the Department on the issues that matter most to their people , ” said Secretary Haaland . “I look forward to continued discussion and ensuring that the Department honors and strengthens our nation - to - nation relationships with Tribes . ”During the two - day virtual meeting facilitated by Senior Advisor to the Secretary Heidi Todacheene , STAC members met with Secretary Haaland and Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau , and White House Council on Native American Affairs Executive Director Morgan Rodman . They also participated in sessions with representatives from the Office of the Solicitor , and the Offices of the Assistant Secretaries of Fish and Wildlife and Parks; Indian Affairs; Insular and International Affairs; Land and Minerals Management; Policy , Management and Budget; and Water and Science . They also received updates on Tribal funding opportunities provided under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 , Bipartisan Infrastructure Law , and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 , and the implementation of Indian Water Rights . President Whitney Gravelle is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community “Gnoozhekaaning” ( Place of the Pike ) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan . After graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2016 with a Juris Doctorate and a certificate from the Indigenous Law Program , President Gravelle worked for the Department of Justice with the Environment and Natural Resource Division in the Indian Resource Section , served as Chief Judge of Bay Mills Tribal Court , and again as In - House Counsel for Bay Mills Indian Community . Currently , she serves as President of the Executive Council on behalf of Bay Mills Indian Community; and sits as a commissioner on the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice and the Board of Directors of the Inter - Tribal Council of Michigan . Erica M . Pinto serves as Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village ( JIV ) of California , one of the 13 tribes of the Kumeyaay Nation who trace their roots back 12 , 000 years in San Diego County . Chairwoman Pinto has been involved with the JIV Tribal Council since 1997 , becoming a Council Member at the age of 21 . Serving for more than 23 years on the Council , she was appointed Vice Chair of the Tribal Council in 2008 . In 2015 , she was the first woman elected Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village . Chairwoman Pinto is co - founder of the Acorn to Oaks Tribal program , which organizes activities focused on culture , youth development , health and fitness , and technology – all designed to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse , teen pregnancy , while promoting education and family togetherness . Born in El Paso , Texas , she grew up with her three brothers on the Jamul Indian Village reservation and Viejas reservation . The STAC is composed of a primary Tribal representative from each of the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs Regions ( BIA ) , and one alternate member from each region . The members are appointed on a staggered term for up to two years . ### Was this page helpful Yes No This page was not helpful because the content: Has too little informationHas too much informationIs confusingIs out - of - date Leave this field blank


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