Indian Self-Determination Act Contracts, Grants and Cooperative Agreements


To provide maximum Indian participation in the government and education of the Indian people; to provide the full participation of the Indian tribes in programs and services conducted by the Bureau of Land Management for Indians and to encourage the development of human resources of the Indian people; and to establish program assistance to upgrade Indian education that will support the right of Indian citizens and for other purposes.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Training; Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Indian tribes and Bureau of Land Management have worked together to authorize trbes to take over the administration and program for oil and gas inspections on tribal lands in Montana. Alaska Native villages and regional or village corporations are conducting cadastral land surveys of their tribal lands. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistant Act, Public Law 93-638, 25 U.S.C 450.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally recognized Indian tribal governments and American Indians.
The application for a contract, grant or cooperative agreement must contain an authorizing resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe. Each contract, grant or cooperative agreement requires project specific authority. Detailed written technical proposals including background data regarding the applicants, technical approaches proposed to accomplish the work, scopes of work that separate the work into major tasks, types of personnel implementing the proposals, experience in performing these types of work, timeliness, the levels of cooperation with other parties involved in the proposals, and other information that may be useful for proposal evaluation. Detailed project cost proposals, including budgets with estimated project costs, including salaries and wages, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contracts, and indirect costs, and the values of any in-kind contribution of goods and services. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Initial proposals must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900.8. Proposals shall be submitted to the applicable Bureau of Land Management State Office with responsibility for the specific project for which an Indian tribe or tribal organization proposes to participate. Bureau of Land Management personnel will provide technical assistance to tribes in the development of their proposals as requested, pending availability of appropriations.
Award Procedure
The Bureau of Land Management and the tribe develop a negotiation schedule and then negotiate the overarching contract/award terms, provisions and conditions based on the requirements of Public Law 93-638, 25 CFR Part 900, any specific requirements of the project authorizing legislation, and other applicable Federal laws and regulations. The Bureau of Land Management and the tribe also negotiate an annual funding agreement, which identifies activities to be performed, funds to be provided, and the method of payment for the initial year of the PL 93-638 contract. A final agreement is prepared based upon the outcome of the negotiations; attachments include the work plan, budget, tribal resolution, initial annual funding agreement, property list, list of any applicable provisions, terms and conditions.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
As specified within 25 CFR Part 900.
Will vary with project and/or award.
How are proposals selected?
Review and approval of contract proposals is in accordance with 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart D - Review and Approval of Contract Proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Contracts, grants and cooperative agreements are authorized for non-construction projects in the seventeen Western states and Alaska for programs and services conducted by the Bureau of Land Management for the benefit of Indian tribes. Programs available to tribes because they deliver services to Indians in their protected status are: cadastral survey and minerals management. Other programs, services, functions and activities administered by the Bureau of Land Management which are of specific geographic, historical, or cultural significance to the Indian tribes are: cultural heritage, forestry management, range management, riparian management, recreation management, and wildlife and fisheries management. Certain restrictions will be applicable based on the specific statutory authority that authorizes the construction activities which are primarily for the benefit of Indians because of their status as Indians. For more specific information contact the headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The reporting of financial status reports and progress reports requirements will be negotiated within the annual funding agreement or overarching terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
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
The length of programs will vary. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not available.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Native American Coordinator Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street, NW, Room 2134LM, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7245
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $30,160; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 est $3,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects range between $12,600 to $1,302,100. Average amount is $244,300 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, 25 USC 450, as amended, Public Law 93-638, and 25 CFR Part 900.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Past project funded were for mineral management of tribal lands in Montana where two tribes are conducting the inspection and enforcement of Indian oil and gas operations, inspection, enforcement and production of Indian operations. In addition, many cadastral surveys are being conducted by the tribes on tribal and allottee lands in Alaska. Fiscal Year 2015: No current dat available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current dat available.


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