Indian Economic Development

To assist Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments by providing the resources necessary to develop a self-sustaining economic base.

The program provides opportunities for business development, the coordination and integration of programs through out the Federal government, and the partnering
of Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments with local government and the public and private business sector.

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 office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments

Several Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments administer programs that monitor the status of existing loans made to its members and collect on loans made by re- lending programs and credit associations. The programs that may be administered include: guaranteed loans from the Loan Guaranty and Insurance Fund, Direct Loans, and grants from the Indian Business Development Program and Community and Economic Development Program. Some of the programs listed may not be open for new applications. The programs also provide assistance to American Indian owned businesses and individual American Indians in obtaining financing from private sources.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used to administer tribal revolving loan programs and guaranty loan programs in order to develop resources to improve access to capital in tribal economies.

Final approval of loan guarantees is restricted to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Funds can also be used by Federally Recognized Indian tribal Governments to develop essential tribal ordinances and commercial business codes which provide the necessary separation and exercise of sovereign immunity between business activities and tribal regulatory activities to promote a pro-business environment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and their members.


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

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Initial applications to administer the program 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 office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. In some instances, the application will be forwarded to the Regional Director for approval.

Award Procedures

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




Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13; Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, Section 10, Public Law 73-383, 48 Stat. 986, 25 U.S.C. 470; Public Law 93-262, 88 Stat. 77 through 83, 25 U.S.C. 1451; 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.


A Federally Recognized Tribal Government or Native American Organization whose request to administer the program is denied 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.


Renewals may be granted 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. Some awards under this program may be one-time grants for a specific purpose and may not be subject to renewal.

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 payments will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements


Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations administering the program must submit financial status reports, SF 269A.

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


Grantees and subgrantees 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 $1,940,530; FY 08 est $1,477,230; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $300,000; $215,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 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 office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Deputy Assistant Secretary - Policy and Economic Development, Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, N.W., MS-4071 MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Mike Lugar; Telephone: (202) 219-0005.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals to administer an economic development program are evaluated on the capability of the prospective applicant to successfully conduct the program and on budget and its effective use. All applicants meeting the criteria in 25 CFR Part 900 will be funded.

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