Public Law 115-166 – Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act

[115th Congress Public Law 166]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

PLAW 115publ166

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Public Law 115-166
115th Congress

An Act

To amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert
grants. <<NOTE: Apr. 13, 2018 – [S. 772]>>

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Ashlynne Mike
AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act. 34 USC 10101 note.>>

This Act may be cited as the “Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian
Country Act”.

Section 304 of the PROTECT Act (34 U.S.C. 20504) is amended–
(1) by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

“(a) Program Required.–The Attorney General shall carry out a
program to provide grants to States and Indian tribes for–
“(1) the development or enhancement of programs and
activities for the support of AMBER Alert communications plans;
“(2) the integration of tribal AMBER Alert systems into
State AMBER Alert systems.”;
(2) in subsection (b)–
(A) in paragraph (3), by striking “and” at the
(B) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5);
(C) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:
“(4) the integration of State or regional AMBER Alert
communication plans with an Indian tribe; and”;
(3) in subsection (c)–
(A) by striking “The Federal” and inserting the
“(1) In general.–Except as provided in paragraph (2), the
Federal”; and
(B) by adding at the end the following:
“(2) <<NOTE: Determination.>> 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.”;
(4) in subsection (e), by striking “for grants under” and
inserting “and standards to improve accountability and
transparency for grants awarded under”;
(5) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (g);

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(6) by inserting after subsection (e) the following:

“(f) 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
(7) in subsection (g)(1), as so redesignated–
(A) by striking “2004” each place it appears and
inserting “2019”; and
(B) by striking “subsection (b)(3)” and inserting
“paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection (b)”.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: Evaluation.>> 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–
(1) the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Senate;
(2) the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate;
(3) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of
Representatives; and
(4) the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of

Approved April 13, 2018.


SENATE REPORTS: No. 115-147 (Comm. on Indian Affairs).
Vol. 163 (2017):
Nov. 29, considered and passed
Vol. 164 (2018):
Feb. 26, considered and passed
House, amended.
Mar. 22, Senate concurred in House


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