Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
On December 20, 2021, the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a Dear Tribal Leader Letter announcing Tribal consultations on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58). Under the law, DOI received $466 million for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to invest in infrastructure projects and climate resiliency initiatives. DOI also received nearly $1.5 billion for wildfire management programs and $455 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to advance habitat restoration, invasive species control, and conservation of at-risk and listed species. The infrastructure law also allows Tribal Nations to use Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds to meet non-federal match requirements. For fact sheets on the infrastructure programs as well as a framing paper with questions for the consultation, please refer to the Dear Tribal Leader Letter.
Details regarding the upcoming DOI consultations are as follows—
Details on the DOI consultation for the Eastern and Central Time Zones is as follows—
Comments on this consultation are due by 11:59pm on Friday, February 4, 2022 and can be submitted to email@example.com. Questions can be directed to Ms. Rachel Brown at (202) 513-0630 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Brian Howard, USET SPF Senior Policy Analyst, at email@example.com.