Minerals and Mining on Indian Lands


The objectives of the Energy and Mineral Development Program are to: (1) provide funds to Tribes to perform technical evaluations of the energy (both renewable and conventional) and mineral resource potential of Indian reservations; (2) provide Tribes with geological, geophysical and engineering reports, maps, and other data concerning their energy and mineral resources; (3) provide Tribes technical assistance on using and interpreting assessment information so that Tribes can understand and plan for the potential development of these resources; and (4) provide Tribes with an outreach vehicle to promote their lands and resources to potential partners if they so desire. Those projects that fell into economic development categories will be considered for funding through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: IEED received 55 proposals from Tribes which were distributed among renewable energy projects (primarily wind and geothermal energy), oil, natural gas, coal, and minerals (mostly industrial mineral projects such as and and gravel). IEED issued awards for 29 projects totaling $5,251,325. Supplemental funding increased the total funding distribution to $9,885,325 which brought the total number of projects to 45. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available.
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; Indian Minerals Development Act, Public Law 97-382, 98 Stat. 1938, 25 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.; Umatilla Basin Project Act, Public Law 101-557, 16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Individual American Indian mineral owners.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and their members, Native American Organizations, and/or individual American Indian mineral property owners.
Minerals and Mining: Initial application for assistance must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe. Mineral Assessments Proposals must include: (1) a current tribal resolution authorizing the proposed project; (2) a proposal describing the proposed activities and the planned deliverable products; (3) a detailed budget estimate; and 4) a review by the BIA Agency Superintendent verifying that the work to be performed occurs on trust or restricted fee lands (the Superintendent will notify DEMD in writing if that is not case). 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 for financial assistance must contain the information specified in 25 CFR, Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed applications for Minerals and Mining should be submitted to the Division of Energy and Mineral Development office in Lakewood, Colorado and to the local BIA agency office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
Mineral and Mining/Mineral Assessments. Proposals are paneled by the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. Funds are awarded according to the order of ranking of the proposals, although some elements of the budget may not be fully funded due to the Division's own ability to perform some tasks at lower costs.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Mineral Assessments within 30 days after the solicitation period.
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.
Minerals and Mining/Mining Assessment: 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?
Energy and Mineral Assessments: Proposals are evaluated according to technical merits of the mandatory elements of the proposal. Additionally, selection criteria for ranking contain six criteria: (1) Resource Potential; (2) Commodity Marketability; (3) Economic Benefit, (4) Willingness to Develop and Commitment to the Project; (5) Budget Completeness, Cost Reasonableness, Cost Realism, and Detail, and (6) Adequacy of the Technical Proposal and Statement of Work.
How may assistance be used?
Minerals and Mining: Funding may be used to facilitate the inventory, assessment, promotion and marketing of both renewable and nonrenewable energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Energy and Mineral Assessments: Funds are awarded competitively to support assessment and inventory programs and/or develop baseline data, but cannot be used for development purposes.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. The SF-425, Federal Financial Report is required. Technical reports describing project outcomes are defined as deliverables in an Energy and Mineral Development award and the data generated must be presented in a compatible computer format as specified by the Division of Energy and Mineral Development.
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.
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. For Mineral Assessment awards, one paper copy of all data (field data, processed data, analyses, assays, etc.) must be submitted at completion of contract.
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/grantee although OIEED established deadlines for completion of project, which may be extended with prior written approval. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of payments is negotiated with the grantee.
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
Robert Anderson Indian Affairs, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, 12136 W. Bayaud Ave., Suite 300, Lakewood, Colorado 80228 Phone: (720) 407-0602
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 10 $12,581,399; FY 11 est $12,581,399; and FY 12 est $12,648,399
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Minerals and Mining: Currently not contracted by any of the tribal governments. Mineral Assessments range is $10,000 to $250,000; average $75,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR, Part 900 and Subchapter I - Energy and Minerals.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: Projects included assessment and feasibility studies of renewable energy resources, such as wind energy, solar energy, biomass, waste to energy, hydroelectric, assessment and feasibility studies for conventional energy (oil, natural gas, coal) and minerals (precious, industrial such as sand and gravel, building stone). Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available.


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