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Indian School Equalization Program
OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638,
as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.; Indian Education Amendments of
1978, Public Law 95-561, 25 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.; Tribally Controlled
Schools Act, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.
provide funding for primary and secondary education.
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds may be used for the
education of Indian children in BIA funded schools. Funds may not
be used for construction.
Federally Recognized Indian Tribes or tribal organizations currently
served by a Bureau of Indian Affairs funded school.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Children between the ages of 5 and 21 who are a member of or are
at least a one-fourth degree Indian blood descendant of a member
of an Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs
and services provided by the United States through the Bureau
of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.
Written evidence of approval of the application by the tribal
governing body of the students served by or to be served by the
school. "Tribal governing body" means the tribal governing body
or tribal governing bodies that represent at least 90 percent
of the students served by such school.
Coordination: An applicant should consult the
Agency/Area Education Program Administrator who will provide technical
assistance. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
To become a contract school, applications should be developed
in accordance with 25 CFR Part 900. To become a grant school,
applications should be developed in accordance with 25 USC 2501
The Agency/Area Education Program Administrator will ensure the
application is complete and forward the application to the Director,
Office of Indian Education Programs, with a recommendation for
Schools must submit their applications and a copy of the tribe's
approval of the application by March 1. Evidence that all administrative
systems are in place such as accounting, personnel and property
must be submitted by July 1.
Range of Approval/Disapproval
Time: Applications for contract schools will
be processed within 90 days; applications for grant schools will
be processed within 180 days after the date the application is
submitted to the Agency/Area Education Program Administrator.
An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with
the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application
to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in
U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR,
Awards are made annually and are renewed automatically based on
satisfactory performance by the grantee.
Formula and Matching
Requirements: Approximately ninety-nine percent
of the ISEP funds will be allocated in accordance with the ISEP
formula contained in 25 CFR 39. One percent of the funds shall be
reserved for the Director's discretion.
Length and Time Phasing
of Assistance: Funds may be paid in advance,
are awarded annually on an indefinite basis based on performance,
and remain with the Self Determination contractor or grantee until
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Annual Financial Report, Narrative Report, and a program evaluation
by an impartial third party such as an accrediting agency.
For awards made under this program, grantees are responsible for
obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments
of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et. seq.).
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of
submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must
be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property
records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition,
replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation,
audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute
has been resolved.
(Total Available for Awards) FY 01 $183,700,000; FY 02 est $186,087,240;
and FY 03 est $190,701,000.
and Average of Financial Assistance:
The FY 2014 range was $161,000 to $8,930,300. The average was $2,007,600 per grant school.
Approximately 30,000 students
are served by 116 tribally operated schools.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND
25 CFR 39; 25 CFR 45;
25 CFR 900.
Regional or Local
See Regional Agency Offices. See BIE Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Joe Herrin Headquarters Office: Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, MS-4657 MIB, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 208-7658
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
ISEP funds are used to
provide basic education and residential programs to Indian students
not served by public or sectarian schools.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Applicants meeting eligibility
criteria are funded.