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15.022 Tribal Self-Governance
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; Public Law 93-638; as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.
To further the goals of Indian Self-Determination by providing funds to Indian tribes to administer a wide range of programs with maximum administrative and programmatic flexibility.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds may be used by Federally Recognized Tribal Governments to support programs such as law enforcement, social services, welfare payments, housing improvement, and road maintenance. Funds may be used only for programs previously administered by the Department of the Interior or for programs specifically authorized by Federal statute and may not be used for the operation of elementary and secondary schools or for community colleges. The Indian tribe must ensure adequate protection of trust resources.
Applicant Eligibility: Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal consortia authorized by the Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments to be served.
Pre-application Coordination: An informal preapplication conference is recommended. Technical assistance in preparing the application is available upon request. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the Indian tribe/consortium. Annual, external reviews of the management of trust assets will be conducted.
Account Identification: 14-2100-0-1-452.
In fiscal year 2002, 80 Indian tribes/consortia participated in the Tribal Self-Governance Program. The 80 annual funding agreements with Indian tribes and tribal consortia provided approximately 225 Federally recognized Indian Tribes with the opportunity to exercise discretion in establishing funding priorities, and allow them wide latitude in the design of tribal programs, services, functions, and activities in response to local circumstances.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
25 CFR Part 1000; OMB Circular A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments."
Regional or Local Office: See Regional Agency Offices. Office of Self Governance, Department of the Interior, Northwest Field Office, 500 West 12th Street, Suite 102, Vancouver, WA 98660. Telephone: (360) 699-1011. Use the same number for FTS or the nearest Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Among the activities supported by one consortium was the organization of a tourism alliance, provision of 300 college scholarships, repair of 16 homes, and the initiation of job readiness training for welfare recipients. A tribe in the northwest managed over 3800 acres of forest land, helped 27 tribal members move from welfare to paid employment, and supported 20 members in adult education/training programs. Another tribal consortium provided life skills assistance (tax preparation, driver's education, resume writing, etc.) to over 500 members, provided assistance to village groups in preparing economic development proposals which resulted in increased funding being provided by other Federal agencies, and worked with the Reindeer Herders Association to improve the health and economic value of the reindeer herds.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
All applicants meeting the eligibility criteria of 25 CFR Part 1000 will be selected, up to a maximum of 50 new participants annually. An applicant must be a Federally Recognized Tribe or tribal consortium, have an authorizing tribal resolution(s) from the tribal governing body(ies), have successfully completed a planning phase and have demonstrated for the previous three years, financial stability and financial management capability. Applicants are selected in the order in which complete applications are received. For more information contact the offices listed under "Information Contacts."