Land Buy-Back Program For Tribal Nations
To work in partnership with eligible tribes to reduce the number of fractional interests in trust or restricted lands by purchasing fractional interests from willing sellers and transferring them to tribes.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: The Buy-Back Program has successfully begun to address fractionation by purchasing fractionated interests from willing sellers at fourteen reservations with several additional locations planned. Fiscal Year 2015: Information Not Available. Fiscal Year 2016: Information Not Available.
Section 2212(b)(3)(C) of the Indian Land Consolidation Act (ILCA) and the Settlement Agreement in Cobell v. Salazar, as confirmed by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, Public Law 111-291. Under ILCA, 25 U.S.C. 2212(b), The Provisions of the Indian Self-Determination and Assistance Act, P.L. 93-638, do not apply to the agreements.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligibility is restricted to federally recognized Indian tribal governments with jurisdiction over fractionated lands as identified in the Land Buy-Back Program for Updated Tribal Nation's November 2014 Status Report.
Federally recognized Indian tribal governments as identified in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nation' November 2014 Status Report.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
It is recommended that eligible tribal governments interested in entering into a cooperative agreement first contact the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Technical assistance is available to tribes. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Tribal Governments should contact the Buy-Back Program for application procedures.
A cooperative agreement will be made to an eligible entity in the specific amounts and for the specific purposes set forth in the signed agreement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
None. Will vary by application.
Contact the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations appeal information.
Contact the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations for renewal and extension information.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be selected for funding based upon criteria developed by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. These criteria include but are not limited to the completeness of the tribe's proposal, the tribe's capacity to perform land consolidation activities, and the tribe's proposed budget.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to enter into cooperative agreements with eligible tribes. Funded activities are restricted to activities supporting the purchase of fractional interests in trust or restricted lands.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. The SF-425 Federal Financial Report is required as dictated by the agreement terms and conditions. Finanl reports are due within 90 days of completion or termination of agreement. The Performance Report is required as dictated by the agreement terms and conditions. Finanl reports are due within 90 days of completion or termination of agreement.
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. Cooperative Agreements are also subject to inspection and audit by Interior's Office of the Inspector General, Buy-Back Program officials, or any other authorized representative of the Federal government.
Tribes must preserve, protect, and manage all fiduciary trust records created and/or maintained during its participation in the Buy-Back Program. Additionally, the tribe must store and permanently retain all fiduciary trust records, active and inactive, at the tribe’s expense and with full unlimited access thereto by the Department, or allow such records to be removed and stored at the American Indian Records Repository in Lenexa, Kansas.
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 period of performance for the cooperative agreements will be dependent on the activities to be funded and is specified in the agreement terms and conditions. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds may be advanced or disbursed. Fund payment frequency will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Faride Kraft Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal nations, Department of the Interior, 1849 C St. N.W., Room 7222, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $4,431,144; FY 15 est $5,000,000; and FY 16 est $5,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
There is no minimum and maximum award amount. Awards have averaged less than $500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
43 CFR 12, Subpart C, “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments”
Please visit the website; http://www.doi.gov/buybackprogram, for additional literature.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Outreach activities in support of land consolidation efforts. Fiscal Year 2015: Information Not Available. Fiscal Year 2016: Information Not Available.