Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement


In 2016, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement passed (PL 114-322) and the Blackfeet Tribe along with Reclamation and BIA have obligations to fulfill.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 Preliminary right-of-way work is anticipated.
The Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act, Title Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, Part Title III, Subtitle G, Section 3701-3724, Public Law 114-322
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Blackfeet Tribe
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Annually and as needed for specific construction related functions, the Blackfeet Tribe and the Bureau of Reclamation negotiate their respective scopes of work and budgets. Then the Blackfeet Tribe and Reclamations Missouri Basin Region execute the negotiated agreements.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Funding is available until all currently appropriated funds have been expended for this program. Additional discretionary funding is at the discretion of Congress. Any request for a time extension must be in writing, in accordance with the provisions stated in the contracts. The Settlement needs to be fully funded by January 20, 2025.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
This project is for the rehabilitation and improvement of the existing BIP and for the construction of an MR&I Water System on the Blackfeet Reservation. These projects are authorized under the Settlement Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
The Blackfeet Tribal government shall maintain project records in accordance with 25 USC ?5305 and 25 CFR Part 900. All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 25 CFR ?900.41. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other non-Federal entiy records pertinent to a Federal Award must be retained for a period of three (3) years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities except as noted in 25 CFR ?900.41.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Beginning in Fiscal Year 2017, funding for these projects was authorized to be appropriated. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Missouri Basin Regional Office: Mr. Shane Schieck Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation PO Box 36900 2021 4th Ave North Billings, MT 59107-6900 Email: Telephone: 406-247-7832 Fax: 406-247-7800
Headquarters Office
Shane Schieck
Bureau of Reclamation, Missouri Basin Regional Office
Billings, MT 59107 USA
Phone: 4062477832
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $20,000.00; FY 24 est $2,000,000.00; FY 21 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The projects will be funded on an annual basis based on the Tribes needs and capacity. The Blackfeet Tribe does not have full access to the funds in their Settlement until Enforceability is reached by completing items in Section 3720(f) of the Settlement Act.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 The funds will be used to fulfill the projects in the Blackfeet Tribe’s Indian Water Rights Settlement Subtitle G, Public Law 114-322. This Settlement authorized $246.5M from Reclamation and $175.46 from BIA, plus indexing for both.


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