Tribal Self-Governance


To further the goals of Indian Self-Determination by providing funds to Indian tribes to administer a wide range of programs with broad administrative and programmatic flexibility.

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 2013: Information Not Available. Fiscal Year 2014: Information Not Available. Fiscal Year 2015: Information Not Available.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Title IV, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 458 aa et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal consortia authorized by the Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments to be served.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and their Members.
Initial application must be accompanied by an authorizing resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe or in the case of a consortia, Indian tribes to be served. First-time applicants must have successfully completed a planning phase and must have demonstrated for the previous three years, financial stability and financial management capability. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
An informal pre-application 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. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The application and selection process is governed by regulations contained in 25 CFR Part 1000. Applicants first apply for inclusion in an applicant pool. Once an Indian tribe/consortium has established eligibility for admission to the applicant pool, it can be selected to become a Self-Governance Tribe. Application information is available from the office(s) listed below under "Information Contacts."
Award Procedure
The annual dollar value of the funding agreement is subject to negotiation between the applicant, the local Bureau agency office, the servicing Regional office, and the Office of Self-Governance. Final funding agreements are signed by the authorized tribal representative and the Director, Office of Self-Governance.
Mar 01, 2011 An application for inclusion in the applicant pool may be filed at any time. However, an Indian tribe/consortium must submit its application by March 1 of the year in which the initial funding agreement and compact are to be negotiated. The application must be complete before the tribe can be placed in the applicant pool and selected to operate as a Self-Governance Tribe.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Funding agreements are to be negotiated and submitted to Congress and neighboring Indian tribes at least 90 days before the proposed effective date of the agreement. Negotiation and approval of a new funding agreement may take up to four months.
Applicable appeal procedures are contained in 25 CFR Part 1000.
Funding agreements may be for a single or multi-year period and renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the Indian tribe/consortium. The amount of the annual funding agreement may be negotiated each year.
How are proposals selected?
All applicants meeting the eligibility criteria of 25 CFR Part 1000 will be selected, up to a maximum of 50 new participants annually. An applicant must be a Federally Recognized Tribe or tribal consortium, have an authorizing tribal resolution(s) from the tribal governing body (ies), have successfully completed a planning phase and have demonstrated for the previous three years, financial stability and financial management capability. Applicants are selected in the order in which complete applications are received. For more information contact the offices listed under Information Contacts.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used by Federally Recognized Tribal Governments to support a wide range of programs such as law enforcement, tribal courts, scholarships, social services, road maintenance, forestry, agriculture, real estate services, wildlife and parks, and water resources. Funds may be used only for programs previously administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or for programs specifically authorized by Federal statute and may not be used for the operation of elementary and secondary schools or for community colleges. The Indian tribe must ensure adequate protection of trust resources. For more information contact the headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the Indian tribe/consortium. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. The SF-425, Federal Financial Report is required. Annual, external reviews of the management of trust assets will be conducted.
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.
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
Funds are provided on an annual basis and remain available until expended by the tribe/consortium. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: When possible, payments are made in a lump sum following enactment of the Department's appropriations.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Office of Self Governance, Department of the Interior, Northwest Field Office, 500 West 12th Street, Suite 102, Vancouver, WA 98660. Telephone: (360) 699-1011. Use the same number for FTS or the nearest Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Director, Office of Self-Governance, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary - Policy and Economic Development, Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution Avenue, N.W., MS 355-G, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 219-0240.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 13 $435,251,449; FY 14 est $535,082,000; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$9,705 to $27,537,488; Avearge $434,655.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR Part 1000; OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available


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