Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Programs on Indian Lands


To promote the conservation, development, and utilization of fish, wildlife, and recreational resources for sustenance, cultural enrichment, economic support, and maximum benefit of Indians.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/20/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use.
Program Accomplishments
The Bureau executes and administers awards with eight inter-tribal fish and wildlife commissions and authorities, 11 fish producing tribes, more than 100 tribal fish hatcheries and rearing facilities, and 32 individual fish and wildlife resource tribes, and 6 tribal fish and wildlife organizations.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450; Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and their members and Native American Organizations.
Initial application for financial assistance must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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.
Application Procedure
Initial applications must contain the information specified in 25 CFR, Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Wildlife and Parks applications should be submitted to the local BIA agency office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog; Bison applications are submitted directly to the Intertribal Bison Cooperative (ITBC).
Award Procedure
Wildlife and Parks: Awards for assistance can generally be approved at the agency level. In some instances, the application will be forwarded to the Regional Director for approval. The dollar value of awards depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the individual tribe through tribal participation in the BIA's budget formulation for Tribal Priority Allocations. Rights Protection Implementation, Fish Hatchery Operations, Fish Hatchery Maintenance, and Tribal Management and Development Programs: Award requests are prioritized at the Regional level and then approved based on total available program funding. Bison Restoration: Applications are evaluated and awards determined by the ITBC under their established policies.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applications will be processed within 90 days.
Unsuccessful applicants 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.
Awards 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.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria considered include goals/objectives, potential benefit, capability of the applicant to successfully conduct the project and budget its effective use. As indicated previously, Bison Restoration proposals are handled external of the Bureau by the Intertribal Bison Cooperative.
How may assistance be used?
Tribes address fish, wildlife, and outdoor recreation issues and participate in associated resource management planning and other activities with their State and Federal counterparts. Also, funds are provided to restore bison to Indian homeland. Appropriations generally support continuous tribal programs and staffs, and are not usually available for new projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required. The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee.
For awards made under this program, grantees and subgrantees 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards 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 grantee.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency offices are listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Office of Trust Responsibilities, Division of Water and Land Resources, Branch of Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street NW, MS 4513 MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 208-4088. Contact: Gary Rankel.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Total Amount of Awards) Wildlife and Parks: FY 02 $2,173,000; FY 03 est $2,172,000; and FY 04 est $2,155,000. Rights Protection Implementation: FY 02 $20,060,000; FY 03 est $21,084,000; and FY 04 est $16,412,000. Fish Hatchery Operations: FY 02 $906,000; FY 03 est $911,000; and FY 04 est $920,000. Fish Hatchery Maintenance: FY 02 $128,000; FY 03 est $129,000; and FY 04 est $130,000. Tribal Management and Development Programs: FY 02 $6,533,000; FY 03 est $6,493,100; and FY 04 est $4,170,100.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,000 to $800,000; financial assistance for 30 Fish Hatchery Maintenance projects ranges from $1,500 to $22,000; averaging $12,000. Approximately $1,150,000 is awarded to the Intertribal Bison Cooperative that is used to support bison restoration programs of 50 tribes.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR, Part 900, and Subchapter J -- Fish and Wildlife.
Examples of Funded Projects
Projects are quite diverse including base line inventories; harvest management; habitat enhancement or protection; regulation of fishing, boating, camping, and related public use activities; and water quality compliance measures.