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15.041 Environmental Management_Indian Programs
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; Public Law 97-394, 96 Stat. 1976, 28 U.S.C. 2415; Indian Claims Limitation Act of 1982; Public Law 98-250; Public Law 96-487, 94 Stat. 2371, 16 U.S.C. 3101; Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act; Public Law 92-203, 106 Stat. 2112-2125, 43 U.S.C. 1601; Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; 42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.; National Environmental Policy Act; Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 6901-6992k; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Public Law 94-580; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, 42 U.S.C. 9601- 9675; 16 U.S.C. 470; National Historic Preservation Act.
To determine environmental impacts of Federal projects on Indian lands; to conduct surveys of Bureau of Indian Affairs controlled Federal lands and facilities, and of Indian lands, in order to identify hazardous waste sites, evaluate the potential threat to health and the environment, and develop the necessary remedial actions; to train area, agency and tribal staff in waste management principles; and to respond to emergencies and alleviate adverse health or environmental impacts.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Use of these funds are two-fold. One, they facilitate the Bureau's fulfilling statutory responsibilities: they are used to prepare Environmental Assessments (EA's); advise agency superintendents on environmental quality, waste disposal and cultural resource management; assist area offices in gathering information for EA's and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS's); review proposed actions to determine compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and assist area offices in obtaining information for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the Archeological Resources Protection Act. Two, they are used for individual tribal projects that enhance or protect the local environment.
Applicant Eligibility: Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by the Tribes.
Pre-application Coordination: 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:
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required. The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee.
Account Identification: 14-2100-0-1-452.
Each year more than 3,000 compliance issues on Indian lands are addressed under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. Over the past several years, cleanup and compliance activities have been initiated on over 100 sites, including underground storage tanks, solid waste disposal facilities, and oil wells. An average of 50 emergencies that have the potential to adversely impact trust resources and health and safety are responded to annually.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
36 CFR 800 and 40 CFR 1500-1508.
Regional or Local Office: Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Projects include on-site inspections, site testing and environmental data collection, closure of municipal waste dumps, asbestos abatement, removal of leaking underground storage tanks, and report preparation.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Proposals must provide the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the tribes with assistance on a current compliance issue; work must be consistent with conservation of trust resources; and applicant must have the experience and qualifications necessary to complete the technical aspects of the work.