Irrigation Operations and Maintenance on Indian Lands


To conserve water and operate and maintain the irrigation water delivery systems on Indian irrigation projects and maintain the dams in a safe, economical, beneficial, and equitable manner.

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; Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; Provision of Specialized Services.
Program Accomplishments
Funds ensure that irrigation systems are in proper working condition to deliver available water for agricultural purposes, thus avoiding costly litigation against the U.S. government. Funds also provide for water storage costs to the Bureau of Recreation on delivery to irrigation systems as required by legislation, court order or contractual agreement.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450; Indian Dams Safety Act of 1994, Public Law 103-1560, 108 Stat. 1560; American Indian Agriculture Resource Management Act, Public Law 103-177, 107 Stat. 2011, 25 U.S.C. 3701; Act of November 4, 1983, Public Law 98-146; Public Law 103-302, 60 Stat. 895, 25 U.S.C. 162a.
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." Completed applications should be submitted to the local BIA agency office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
In most cases, the award can be approved at the agency level. In some instances, the application will be forwarded to the Area Director for approval. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of payments is negotiated with the grantee.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applications will be processed within 90 days.
An unsuccessful applicant 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?
Proposals are evaluated on the capability of the prospective applicant to successfully conduct the project, and on the budget and its effective use.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are for the operation and maintenance of Indian irrigation projects and the Indian Dams Safety Maintenance Program. Funding is restricted to existing 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
Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Office of Trust Responsibilities, Division of Water and Land Resources, Branch of Irrigation, Power, and Safety of Dams, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street NW, MS 4513 MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 208-5480. Contact: Ross Mooney.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Total Amount of Awards) FY 02 $7,149,000; FY 03 est $6,805,000; and FY 04 est $6,865,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$8,000 to $3,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR, Parts 159, 171, 172, 173, and 900.
Examples of Funded Projects
The program provides for the delivery of water for irrigation purposes. Facets of the program include water storage costs to the Bureau of Reclamation and repair and maintenance costs.


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