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93.581 Improving the Capability of Indian Tribal Governments to Regulate Environmental Quality
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended, Public Law 93-644, 88 Stat. 2334, 42 U.S.C. 2991b; Indian Environmental Regulatory Enhancement Act, Public Law 101-408, 104 Stat. 883.
To provide financial assistance to advance tribal capacity and capability to plan for, develop, and implement enhancements to tribal environmental regulatory infrastructure required to support a tribal environmental program and to regulate and enforce environmental activities on Indian lands; to develop regulations, ordinances and laws to protect the environment; to develop the technical and program capacity to carry out a comprehensive tribal environmental program and perform essential environmental program functions; to promote training and education of tribal employees; to develop technical and program capability to meet tribal and Federal regulatory requirements; to develop technical and program capability to monitor compliance and enforcement of tribal environmental regulations, ordinances, and laws; and to ensure the tribal court system enforcement requirements are developed in concert with and support the tribe's comprehensive environmental program.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds may be used for planning, developing and implementing tribal environmental regulatory programs through competitive grants.
Applicant Eligibility: The following organizations are eligible to apply: Federally-recognized Indian tribes; consortia of Indian tribes; incorporated nonfederally-recognized Tribes; Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or nonprofit village consortia; and tribal governing bodies (IRA or traditional councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula for distribution of funds. A matching share of 20 percent is required unless waived in accordance with criteria which are also published 45 CFR, Part 1336.50.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Semi-Annual Financial Status Reports, Report of Federal Cash Transactions, Project Progress Reports, and an Annual Evaluation Report are required.
Account Identification: 75-1536-0-1-506.
In fiscal year 2001, 17 new grants were awarded to support projects to assist tribal governments in planning, developing and implementing tribal environmental programs which are consistent with tribal culture including: development and implementation of procedures related to land use permits and plans; strengthening the capacity of tribal governance to adjudicate environmental cases in tribal court; development of tribal environmental codes or policies; development of tribal capacity to monitor compliance with EPA regulations. It is anticipated that 15 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
None are available at this time.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each program announcement. In general, proposals are judged on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the program announcement, project viability, community support, reasonable cost estimates, and qualifications of applicant organization and personnel.