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.



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.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted to federally recognized Indian tribal governments with jurisdiction over fractionated lands as identified in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations Initial Implementation Plan.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally recognized Indian tribal governments as identified in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations Initial Implementation Plan.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

It is recommended that eligible tribal governments interested in entering into a cooperative agreement contact the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program).

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Tribal Governments should contact the Buy-Back Program for application procedures.

Award 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.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Section 2212(b)(3)(C) of the Indian Land Consolidation Act and the Settlement Agreement in Cobell v. Salazar, as confirmed by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, Public Law 111-291.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

Contact the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations appeal information.

Renewals

Contact the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations for renewal and extension information.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Audits

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. 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.

Records

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5670-0-2-452.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $1,000,000; and FY 14 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

There is no minimum and maximum award amount. An average has yet to be determined.( This a New Program.).

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters 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: faride_kraft@ios.doi.gov Phone: (202)219-1335

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals will be selected for funding based upon criteria developed by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.



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