Consolidated Tribal Government Program

To promote Indian self determination and improve the quality of life in Tribal communities by providing greater flexibility in planning programs and meeting the needs of communities.

This program allows Tribes to combine various programs and/or grants into one agreement.

The simplified
contracting procedures enhance program accountability by reducing paperwork and reporting requirements, and reduce Tribal administrative costs to allow for increased services under these contracts.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Houlton Band Of Maliseet Indians $ 473,504   2021-10-012024-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 166,358   2021-10-012024-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 684,751   2021-10-012024-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 354,168   2021-10-012024-09-30
Chitimacha Tribe Of Louisiana, The $ 1,371,692   2021-10-012024-09-30
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe $ 591,312   2014-09-152024-09-15
Poarch Band Of Creek Indians $ 10,776,423   2019-01-012023-12-31
Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc., The $ 1,488,617   2001-02-062023-09-30
Miccosukee Corporation $ 34,117,436   2000-12-082023-09-30
Aroostook Micmac Council $ 5,325,479   2019-01-012022-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Activities supported by this program to foster strong and stable Tribal governments include consolidation of adult education programs, of natural resource programs and of social services programs for more effective and efficient operation of programs providing the potential for an increased level of services.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds from various Bureau programs, such as, Scholarships, Johnson O'Malley, Adult Education, and Job Placement and Training can be combined into a single consolidated contract.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and members of American Indian Tribes.


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 representative is recommended.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


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 participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process.


Applications may be submitted at any time.


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.


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.


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


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


Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.

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


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.).


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 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



(Total Amount of Awards) FY 07 $63,185,000; FY 08 est $69,240,000, and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,300 to $2,400,000; $500,000.

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

Chief, Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW., MS-320 SIB, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 513-7640. 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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