Tribal Courts

To provide funds to Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments to operate a judicial branch of government.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.


Program Accomplishments

More than 250 tribal justice systems and Courts of Indian Offenses (serving 40 Indian tribes) are supported by this program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for salaries and related expenses of tribal court judges, prosecutors, defenders, clerks of court, probation officers, juvenile officers, and other court personnel.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments exercising law enforcement jurisdiction on their reservation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Credentials/Documentation

Initial application must be accompanied by an authorizing resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An informal conference with Bureau of Indian Affairs agency representatives is recommended.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

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 Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

The dollar value of the award depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the individual Indian tribe through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affair's Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will be processed within 90 days.

Appeals

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.

Renewals

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. The amount of the award may be adjusted as a result of individual tribal priorities established in the budget formulation process.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

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 the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.

Program accomplishment reporting requirements will be negotiated with the Self-Determination contractor/grantee.

Audits

For awards made under the program grantees/contractors are responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.).

Records

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-2100-0-1-452.

Obigations

(Total Amount of Awards) FY 07 $8,168,840; FY 08 est $11,604,200; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$15,000 to $800,000; $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR Part 900; OMB Circular A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Office of Tribal Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW., MS 320-SIB, Washington, DC 20240. Contact: Ralph Gonzales; Telephone: (202) 513-7641. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All applicants meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected if the program has been prioritized by the individual Indian tribe through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process.



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