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S. 772 (115th): Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 5, 2017 (Reported by Senate Committee).


Calendar No. 209


1st Session

S. 772

[Report No. 115–147]


March 29, 2017

(for himself, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Udall, Mr. Daines, Mr. Tester, Ms. Murkowski, and Ms. Baldwin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs

September 5, 2017

Reported by , without amendment


To amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017.


AMBER Alert grants for Indian tribes

Section 304 of the PROTECT Act (42 U.S.C. 5791c) is amended—


in subsection (a), by inserting and Indian tribes after States;


in subsection (b)—


in paragraph (3), by striking and at the end;


by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and


by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:


the integration of State or regional AMBER Alert communication plans with an Indian tribe; and



in subsection (c)—


by striking The Federal and inserting the following:


In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Federal

; and


by adding at the end the following:


Waiver of Federal share

If the Attorney General determines that an Indian tribe does not have sufficient funds available to comply with the Federal share requirement under paragraph (1) for the cost of activities funded by a grant for the purpose described in subsection (b)(4), the Attorney General may increase the Federal share of the costs for such activities to the extent the Attorney General determines necessary.



in subsection (e), by striking for grants under and inserting and standards to improve accountability and transparency for grants awarded under;


by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (g);


by inserting after subsection (e) the following:


Definition of Indian tribe

In this section, the term Indian tribe means a federally recognized Indian tribe or a Native village, Regional Corporation, or Village Corporation (as those terms are defined in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1602)).

; and


in subsection (g)(1), as so redesignated—


by striking 2004 each place it appears and inserting 2018; and


by striking subsection (b)(3) and inserting paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection (b).


Report to Congress

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall submit a report evaluating the readiness, education, and training needs, technological challenges, and specific obstacles encountered by Indian tribes in the integration of State or regional AMBER Alert communication plans to—


the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Senate;


the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate;


the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives; and


the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives.

September 5, 2017

Reported without amendment