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15.053 Attorney Fees_Indian Rights
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
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; Public Law 103-399; Indian Lands Open Dump Cleanup Act of 1994, 108 Stat. 4164.
To assist Federally Recognized Tribes in protecting their treaty rights and other rights established through Executive Order or court action.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
These funds are used to provide assistance to tribes to obtain legal representation in situations where the United States cannot represent them as authorized in 25 U.S.C. 175. The funds are distributed in accordance with regulations governing the expenditure of appropriated funds for the fees of private attorneys representing tribes, and the eligibility requirements are found in 25 U.S.C. 89. Bureau policy determines the attorney fee hourly rates.
Applicant Eligibility: Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.
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: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Account Identification: 14-2100-0-1-452.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
25 CFR 89.
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:
Cases funded from this program may involve environmental damage claims; water rights negotiation/litigation; boundary disputes; treaty hunting, fishing, and gathering rights; the 1934 Native Allotment Act; and off-reservation rights.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Cases must first have been turned down by the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor, and then can be submitted for review to the Attorney Review Committee for a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for approval.