Mni Wiconi Rural Water Supply Project

To ensure a safe and adequate municipal, rural, and industrial water supply for the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian, Rosebud Indian, and Lower Brule Indian Reservations in South Dakota; to assist the citizens of Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Pennington, and Stanley Counties, South Dakota,
to develop safe and adequate municipal, rural, and industrial water supplies; to promote the implementation of water conservation programs at these locations; to provide certain benefits to fish, wildlife, and the natural environment of South Dakota; and in consultation with the Oglala, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Sioux Tribes, to conduct feasibility studies on the need to develop water disposal facilities and systems and rehabilitate existing waste water disposal facilities and systems on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Indian Reservations.
Examples of Funded Projects

The tribal municipal, rural and industrial projects; the tribal operation and maintenance activities; the West River/Lyman-Jones System municipal, rural and industrial water system.


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 - Dakotas Area Office: Mr. Denny Breitzman, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Address: PO Box 1017, Bismarck, ND 58501, Telephone: (701) 250-4242, E-mail: dbreitzman@gp.usbr.gov/.


Program Accomplishments

Required technical and environmental reports for the construction of municipal, rural, and industrial systems; and construction of the systems.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Agreements are limited to planning, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and replacing the Oglala Sioux, the Rosebud, and the Lower Brule Sioux Rural Water Supply Systems; and for planning and construction of the West River Rural Water System and the Lyman-Jones Rural Water System.

At the present time, no new project awards are being made under this authority.

Funding is only available for continuation of existing agreements.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

West River/Lyman-Jones Water Systems and the Oglala, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Sioux tribes.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The citizens of the southwest quarter of the State of South Dakota, including the Oglala, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Indian Reservations.

Credentials/Documentation

Cooperative agreements for construction of projects entered into for the Lyman-Jones Rural Water System must be in accordance with the final engineering reports submitted by each project applicant.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication is not required.

Depending on the project, an environmental impact assessment or statement may be required.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

At the present time, program funding is limited to amendments of existing agreements. Amendments to incorporate annual work plans and budgets are negotiated annually.

Award Procedures

Once the parties agree with their respective annual scopes of work and budgets, the Bureau of Reclamation's Great Plains Region finalizes the modifications. Responsibilities for needs assessments, feasibility and environmental studies, design, conservation measures and administration are to be included in agreements negotiated under this authority.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Mni Wiconi Rural Project Act of 1988, Public Law 100-516, as amended; Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1994, Title VIII, Mni Wiconi Act Amendments of 1994, Public Law 103-434.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Funding is available until all currently appropriated funds have been expended for this program. Additional funding for the program is at the discretion of Congress. Any request for a time extension must be in writing in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of tribal projects is 100 percent. The Federal share of the West River/Lyman Jones projects is 80 percent. (Public Law 103-434, Section 805)

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There is no time restriction placed on the use of the funds. A schedule will be established between the Bureau of Reclamation and the recipients at the time of award. Any request for a time extension must be in writing in accordance with the provisions stated in the agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Draft and final technical reports; SF-269A (quarterly), financial reports (quarterly), progress reports (quarterly); annual report; reports on significant developments (as necessary).

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0680-0-1-301.

Obigations

FY 07 $24,221,000; FY 08 est $26,309,000; and FY 09 est $30,650,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average-$26,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html#page1/; OMB Circulars, http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_circulars.html/. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Dakotas Area Office: Mr. Denny Breitzman, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Address: PO Box 1017, Bismarck, ND 58501, Telephone: (701) 250-4242, E-mail: dbreitzman@gp.usbr.gov/.

Headquarters Office

Great Plains Region Office: Mr. Kimball M. Banks, Tribal and Financial Assistance Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, PO Box 36900, 316 North 26th Street, Billings, MT 59101, Telephone: (406) 247-7710, Fax: (406) 247-7695, E-mail: kbanks@gp.usbr.gov/.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The scopes of work must address and be responsive to the authorizing legislation, the final engineering reports, and the appropriation ceiling.



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