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Indian Affairs will conduct two informational sessions and four leader-to-leader sessions with Indian tribes to obtain oral and written comments concerning preparation of the 2013 American Indian Population and Labor Force Report.
• Annual Alaska Federation of Natives Conference, Room #3, second floor at the Dena'ina Center, 600 W. 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon AKST (a teleconference line will be available for this informational session and can be accessed at (866) 723-7478, and with participant code #1572466.
• National Congress of American Indians 69th Annual Convention, in Room #305 at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, California, on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PST.
• Monday, October 29, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST—in the Hilton Garden Inn located at 801 South Meridian, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You may contact the hotel at (405) 942-1400.
• Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MST—at the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Western Regional office in the fourth floor Eagle and Buffalo Rooms located at 2600 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Signs will be posted in the lobby and on the fourth floor. The Regional Director's Office will validate parking for the garage located directly behind 2600 North Central Avenue.
• Thursday, November 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST—Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza 505 North 5th Street, Rapid City, South Dakota. The Holiday Inn will provide a block of rooms for a limited time. You may contact the hotel at (605) 348-4000.
• Friday, November 9, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST at (877) 716-4290, and with participant code 5074051. For any technical assistance during the national call, please contact (202) 208-7163.
Accurate information on the population and employment levels of tribes is critically important for understanding the social and economic circumstances that tribes face and identifying the best policies and strategies for promoting economic development in Indian Country. Congress recognized this importance in the Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992, as amended, (Pub. L. 102-477, § 17), by requiring the Department of the Interior to publish, at least once every two years, the
[A] report on the population, by gender, eligible for the services which the Secretary provides to Indian people. The report shall include, but is not limited to, information at the national level by State, Bureau of Indian Affairs Service Area, and tribal level for the—
(1) total service population;
(2) the service population under age 16 and over 64;
(3) the population available for work, including those not considered to be actively seeking work;
(4) the employed population, including those employed with annual earnings below the poverty line; and
(5) the numbers employed in private sector positions and in public sector positions.
The Department is expected to produce the next
(1) To what extent do you have the above-listed population and employment information readily available to respond to a survey?
(2) Would you be willing to respond to such a survey?
(3) Is there other information, beyond that which is specifically required by the Act, that you would be willing to provide in a survey, if the information will help federal or Tribal programming?
(4) Should Interior use information from the Census Bureau to answer the questions for the report? If so, what kind of information should be acquired from the Census Bureau's published statistics? If not, is it a matter of the
(5) If Interior can obtain all of the information needed for the report from the Census Bureau, should it still conduct a survey to ask Tribes for this or other information?
(6) Regardless of whether Interior uses a survey or Census Bureau data for future reports, Interior is considering using information from the Census Bureau, rather than a survey, for the 2013 report to meet the 2013 deadline. What are your views on this approach?
(7) Are there other options for obtaining this information that Interior should consider?
(8) How should “service population” by the “Tribal level” be defined for this report? For example:
(a) Should it include individuals in the Tribe's general location, or should it include individuals enrolled in the Tribe who may not be in the Tribe's location but may still be eligible for services?
(b) If people are in an area where they may receive services from more than one Tribe, should they be counted only as in the service population of the Tribe in which they are enrolled?
(c) Should service population be measured in terms of geography as opposed to Tribal enrollment?