Navajo-Hopi Indian Settlement Program

To implement those provisions of the Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act of 1974, as amended, which are assigned to the Department of the Interior; and to institute conservation practices and methods to restore the grazing potential of rangelands lying within the former Navajo/Hopi Joint Use Area.


Examples of Funded Projects

Projects are funded in the areas of windmill maintenance, boundary fence maintenance, erosion control measures, and re-seeding.


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 Hopi Agency or the Navajo or Western Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the address listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.


Program Accomplishments

Ongoing activities to accomplish the goal of rangeland restoration within the former Joint Use Area include livestock monitoring, issuance of grazing permits, implementation of range management plans and grazing control methods, establishment of range units and grazing capacity. Program activities on the Hopi Partitioned Lands include range, woodlands and wildlife restoration of 910,021 acres and maintenance on 630 miles of fencing and 123 stock water facilities.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Use is restricted to approved projects within the Navajo/Hopi Joint Use Area.

Funds will be used for restoration of rangeland within the former Navajo/Hopi Joint Use Area (JUA).

This includes livestock monitoring on the JUA, issuance of grazing permits, implementation of range management plans and grazing control methods, establishment of range units and grazing capacity, and removal of trespass livestock on the Hopi Partitioned Lands; initiation of grazing control on the Navajo Partitioned Lands; and natural resources restoration on the affected lands.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments of the Navajo and Hopi Tribes and Native American Organizations authorized by either Tribe.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments of the Navajo and Hopi Tribes and individual members of both Tribes.

Credentials/Documentation

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

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 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 Hopi Agency or the Navajo or Western Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the address listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

In most cases, the award can be approved at the agency level. In some instances, the application will be forwarded to the Regional Director for approval.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Public Law 93-531, 25 U.S.C. 640 et seq.; Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act; Public Law 102-180, 105 Stat. 1230; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450.

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 directly 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

Annual application required.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

By agreement, 40 percent of the funds are used on Hopi Partitioned Lands and 60 percent are used on Navajo Partitioned Lands.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.

The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee.

Audits

For awards made under this 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 three years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for three years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for three 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 $229,600; FY 08 est $239,200; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $150,000; $75,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR 161, 166, and 168.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Applications may be filed with the Hopi Agency or the Navajo or Western Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the address listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Office of Trust Responsibilities, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street N.W., MS-3061 MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Contact: David Edington. Telephone: (202)513-0886.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected on the basis of the need and urgency of the proposed work.



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