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Indian Employment Assistance
OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13; Indian
Adult Vocational Training Act of 1956, Public Law 84-959, 70 Stat.
986, as amended; Public Law 88-230, 77 Stat. 471, 25 U.S.C. 309;
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law
93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450.
provide vocational training and employment opportunities to eligible
American Indians and reduce Federal dependence.
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
aid is used to assist individual Indians to obtain a marketable
skill through vocational training and to assist those who have a
job skill to find permanent employment. Vocational and employment
counseling are provided by the program. Eligible American Indians
may receive vocational training or job placement on or near the
reservation or in an urban Regional.
Eligibility: Federally Recognized Indian Tribal
Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian
Tribal Governments may apply to administer the program. Individual
American Indian applicants must be a member of a Federally Recognized
Indian Tribe, be in need of financial assistance, and reside on
or near an Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the Bureau
of Indian Affairs.
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: Members of Federally Recognized
Indian Tribes who are unemployed, underemployed, or in need of
training to obtain reasonable and satisfactory employment. Complete
information on beneficiary eligibility is found in 25 CFR, Parts
26 and 27.
Applicants must submit a certificate signed by a Bureau Agency
Superintendent or an authorized Tribal representative that indicates
the applicant is an enrolled member or registered with a Federally
Recognized Indian Tribe.
Coordination: None. This program is excluded
from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Procedure: Initial applications by Indian
Tribal Governments to administer the program must contain the
information specified in 25 CFR, Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract
Proposal Contents." Completed applications should be submitted
to the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency office listed in
Appendix IV. Individual American Indian applicants should apply
for program services on Bureau of Indian Affairs Form BIA-8205
at the nearest Bureau Employment Assistance office or tribal government
Procedure: The dollar value of the awards
to Indian Tribal Governments depends upon the amount that has
been prioritized by the individual Tribe through tribal participation
in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget
formulation process. Applications for individual benefits are
approved by the Bureau Agency Superintendent or authorized tribal
of Approval/Disapproval Time: Applications
by Tribal Governments to administer the program will be processed
within 90 days. Applications by individuals for benefits will
be processed within 30 days.
A Tribal Government whose request to administer the program is
denied 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, Part 900. An individual
may appeal the BIA agency Superintendent's decision to the Regional
Director. The complete appeal process for an individual is found
in 25 CFR Part 2, "Appeals from Administrative Action." An appeal
of a Tribal contractor's decision must be made under the Tribe's
Awards to Tribal Governments to administer the program may be
renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the contractor/grantee.
A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days
prior to the expiration of the current award. The amount of the
award may be adjusted as a result of individual tribal priorities
established in the budget formulation process. Renewals of grants
to individual beneficiaries are based on evidence of satisfactory
performance and the availability of funds.
and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Awards to
Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations to
administer the program are made on an annual basis and the funds
remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. Payments
may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing
of payments will be negotiated with the Tribal Government. Grants
to individual beneficiaries for subsistence, tuition and related
training costs, supportive services, etc., are released as required
by beneficiary, up to the amount of the award. Assistance for
job placement is provided until the beneficiary receives the first
full paycheck from employment. Individual beneficiaries may not
receive more than 24 months of full-time training, except for
Registered Nursing students who may receive 36 months of training.
Indian Tribal Governments administering the program must submit
financial status reports, SF 269A. The timing and nature of program
accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee.
Individuals must provide evidence of satisfactory progress.
For awards administered by Indian Tribal Governments, the Tribe
is responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single
Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.).
Indian Tribal Governments administering the program must retain
financial records 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 Amount of Awards) FY 01 $7,185,000; FY 02 est $7,776,120;
and FY 03 est $7,787,300.
and Average of Financial Assistance:
Approximately 175 awards are made annually to Indian Tribal Governments;
approximately 1500 individuals receive assistance annually either
through Tribal programs or as direct grants from the BIA.
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
25 CFR 26 and 25 CFR 27. For awards to Indian Tribal Governments
see also 25 CFR Part 900.
or Local Office:
See Regional Agency Offices. Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or with the Tribal Government administering the program.
Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW, Mail Stop 20-SIB, Washington, District of Columbia 20245 Phone: (202) 208-3100.
Web Site Address:
OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New
Mexico trains students in ophthalmology and provides job placement
upon completion of the program. Adult vocational training subsistence
funds are provided to individuals with families who live off campus.
One individual received 3 years of nursing training in Phoenix,
Arizona and was subsequently employed by a medical center.
FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
All Tribes meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected
if the program has been prioritized by the individual Indian tribe
through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal
Priority Allocation budget formulation process. Applications from
individuals are received for both vocational training and direct
employment participants. Final determination to fund an application
is based on the individual's eligibility and financial need and
total dollars available to the Tribe or Agency.