Policy Alert: SCIA to hold a ‘Cannabis in Indian Country’ virtual listening session

The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) will be holding a virtual listen session on “Cannabis in Indian Country” on June 17 at 3:30PM ET. / 9:30 AM HT. As discussions around national cannabis reform legislation take shape, SCIA staff is seeking comments from Tribal leaders, their designees, and other experts from Native communities on Tribal cannabis commerce and related equities.

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Policy Alert: GAO Releases Report on Tribal Federal Funding Data

The Office of Management and Budget publishes an annual report (called a “crosscut”) on federal funding for programs that benefit Native Americans, but tribal stakeholders have expressed concerns about the report’s transparency. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that agency data shown in the report lacks details about what it represents, making it challenging for some people to understand and use the data.

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Virtual Tribal Listening Session on Energy Access and Reliability on Tribal Lands

NAFOA hosted Department of Energy in a webinar designed to discuss debt and tax equity for energy projects in Indian Country, as well as new changes to the DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO). Financing energy projects using debt and tax-equity can significantly enhance economic returns and potentially attract a broad range of investors. Debt and tax-equity structures are commonly used in the solar industry today and offer a significant resource for tribes interested in pursuing these projects.

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