Indian Law Enforcement

To provide funds to Indian Tribal Governments to operate police departments and detention facilities.

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' law enforcement field or district office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Poarch Band Of Creek Indians $ 8,283,291   2019-01-012023-12-31
Chitimacha Tribe Of Louisiana, The $ 8,093,097   2018-10-012022-09-30
Mississippi Band Of Choctaw Indians $ 17,345,331   1996-02-142022-09-30
Colorado River Indian Tribe $ 1,099,194   2019-01-012021-12-31
Colorado River Indian Tribe $ 3,144,961   2019-01-012021-12-31
Coushatta Tribe Of Louisiana $ 1,131,757   2019-01-012021-12-31
Narragansett Indian Tribe $ 20,697,364   2008-01-102021-12-31
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe $ 9,511,319   2005-03-162021-12-31
Tunica-biloxi Tribe Of Louisiana $ 15,274,872   2005-06-232021-12-31
Pleasant Point Indian Reservation $ 20,546,459   2000-02-042021-12-31

Program Accomplishments

On an annual basis, approximately 210 law enforcement services programs and approximately 80 detention facilities are supported by this program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for salaries and related expenses of criminal investigators, uniformed officers, detention officers, radio dispatchers, and administrative support.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments exercising Federal criminal law enforcement authority over crimes under the Major Crimes Act (18 U.S.C.

1153) and other Federal statutes on their reservations and operating a Law Enforcement Services program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.


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 field representative or district commander 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 field or district office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

The dollar value of the awards depends upon the amount that had been previously prioritized by the individual Indian tribe through participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' budget formulation process and upon identified program needs.




Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.; Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act, Public Law 101-379, 25 U.S.C. 2801.

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 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



(Total Amount of Awards) FY 07 est $116,560,200; FY 2008 est $132,159,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 to $20,000,000; $200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR Part 900; OMB Circular A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments;" 25 CFR Parts 10, 11 and 12; Indian Affairs Manual, Chapter 40, "Law Enforcement and Detention;" and Detention and Law Enforcement Handbooks.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs' law enforcement field or district office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Deputy Director, Law Enforcement Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street NW, MS 2429 MIB, Washington, DC, 20240. Telephone: (202) 208-5787. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicants meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 who exercise criminal law enforcement authority over crimes under the Major Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 1153) and other Federal statutes and who currently operate a Law Enforcement Services program will be selected. Additional funding provided under the Initiative will be distributed on the basis of need.

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