Indian Rights Protection

 

To protect Indian rights guaranteed through treaty or statute by obtaining the services or information needed to litigate challenges to these rights.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.036
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Authorization
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 et seq.; 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, 108 Stat. 4164; Indian Lands Open Dump Cleanup Act of 1994; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450.
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.
Credentials/Documentation
Initial application must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Initial applications 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 of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
The dollar value of the awards depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the individual Tribe through tribal participation in the BIA's budget formulation process.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applications will be processed within 90 days.
Appeals
An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official or may appeal the denial of the application directly 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.
Renewals
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. The amount of the award may be adjusted as a result of individual tribal priorities established in the budget formulation process.
How are proposals selected?
All applicants meeting the criteria in 25 CFR Part 900 will be funded.
How may assistance be used?
Awards fund projects to collect information needed by the Federal government to litigate challenges to Indian rights which have been guaranteed through treaty or statute. For more specific information contact the headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor or grantee. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. The Federal Financial Report, SF 425 is required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records
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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor or grantee. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of payments will be negotiated with the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional 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.
Headquarters Office
Vicky Forrest, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Trust Responsibilities, 1849 C Street, NW, MS-4510 MIB, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 208-5831.
Website Address
http://www.doi.gov/bia/Rightsprot.htm; http://www.doi.gov/bureau-indian-affairs.html.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-2100-0-1-452.
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 10 $43,615,776; FY 11 est $43,615,776; and FY 12 est $47,225,776
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $1,000 to $100,000; Average $25,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR 900.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

 



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