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White House official discusses FY2011 budget at tribal summit


Update/Correction: According to the White House, Jodi Gillette said President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2011 budget proposes a five percent increase for all Indian programs. The proposed increase is not tied to the Tribal Law and Order Act or the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

"In addition, President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget request proposes $18.482 billion, a 5% increase over the Fiscal Year 2010 budget, in total federal funding for Native American programs. This funding will help to increase educational opportunities, promote economic development, support lending in low-income communities, combat crime in tribal communities, and increase access to health care," Gillette said at the summit, according to remarks provided by the White House.

Gillette discussed the Tribal Law and Order Act and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in her speech but they were separate from her discussion of the budget, the White House said.

Tribes will see a 5 percent increase under President Barack Obama's new budget, Jodi Archambault-Gillette of the White House said at the Tribal Leaders Summit in North Dakota.

Gillette said the boost will be seen across all Indian programs. But it depends on Congressional action of the budget.

Gillette also discussed the new Tribal Law and Order Act and the new Indian Health Care Improvement Act at the summit. Both became law this year after being signed by Obama.

Gillette is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She serves an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement and as a deputy associate director in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

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