Tribal Priorities Included Within President's Discretionary Budget Request


Tribal Priorities Included Within President's Discretionary Budget Request

April 13, 2021

Exterior of White House south lawn (stock photo)On Friday, April 9 2021, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2022 Discretionary Funding Request. This proposal comes as Congress is getting ready to begin their annual Appropriations process.

The request includes the Administration’s high-level discretionary funding priorities, and notably there are several areas specific to tribes and tribal governments including a historic request for advanced funding for healthcare. The funding request includes: 

  • $8.5 billion in discretionary funding for IHS in 2022, an increase of $2.2 billion. For the first time ever the request includes an advance appropriation for IHS in 2023 to support Administration and tribal priorities.

  •  $4 billion, more than $600 million over the 2021 enacted level, to fund a range of DOI tribal programs, including for teachers and students in tribal schools, clean energy development, and tribal law enforcement and court programs to improve safety. 

  • $900 million to fund tribal efforts to expand affordable housing, improve housing conditions and infrastructure, and increase economic opportunities for low-income families.

  • An increase of more than $450 million to facilitate climate mitigation, resilience, adaptation, and environmental justice projects in Indian Country, including investment to begin the process of transitioning tribal colleges to renewable energy. 

  • An increase of $65 million over the 2021 enacted level for Reconnect, the Rural e-Connectivity Program which provides a down payment for grants and loans to deploy broadband to unserved areas, prioritizing tribal lands.

These requests are especially historic for Indian Country and it is important that they make it into the final budget. NAFOA urges tribal leaders to reach out to their representatives, especially those on the Senate Appropriations Committee, to support these discretionary requests as the budget deliberations begin.

For any other questions or concerns, please contact Ellie Beckett, Policy Communications Specialist, at 202-841-3373 or