Endangered Species on Indian Lands

To comply with the Endangered Species Act, the Northern Spotted Owl Recovery plan, and to implement the Endangered Species Recovery on Indian lands.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Program activities include the development of water impoundments, cross fencing and vegetative management for the holistic management of a prairie resource; owl surveys; and radiotelemetry and habitat studies.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Miccosukee Corporation $ 1,626,123   2012-09-302022-09-30
The Tulalip Tribes Of Washington $ 8,170,672   2019-10-012021-09-30
Tolowa Dee-ni Nation $ 1,290,648   2019-10-012021-09-30
Pala Band Of Mission Indians $ 836,705   2019-10-012021-09-30
Indian Township Passamaquoddy School Committee $ 25,400,785   2008-08-112021-09-30
Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc., The $ 80,000   2015-05-142018-09-30
Tule River Indian Tribal Council $ 26,000   2013-09-012016-08-30
Hualapai Tribal Council $ 94,000   2014-09-032015-09-30
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe $ 65,000   2013-08-052014-01-17
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

About a dozen tribes are involved in endangered species driven activities.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The program monies are species specific.

Appropriated funds allow those tribes in areas of endangered species to conduct activities that are necessary to comply with the Endangered Species Act.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments whose reservations are in areas inhabited by these specific endangered species.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments.


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

Informal application conference is recommended.

Technical assistance in preparing the application is available upon request.

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 BIA agency office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

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




Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450; Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13; Endangered Species Act, Public Law 93-205.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will be processed within 90 days.


An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official.


Financial assistance is in the form of nonrecurring awards appropriated for projects on a year-by-year basis. They are not intended to provide perennial support for tribal programs.

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 grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.

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


For awards made under this program, grantees and subgrantees are responsible for obtaining audits. All non-Federal entities that expend $500,000 or more of Federal awards in a year ($300,000 for fiscal year ending on or before December 30, 2003) are required to obtain an annual audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et. seq.) and OMB Circular A-133 Compliance Supplement and Government Auditing Standards. Non-Federal 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 OMB Circular A-133.


Financial records must be retained for three years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for three 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



FY 07 $153,000; FY 08 est $872,900; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 to $140,000; $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR 900; 50 CFR Part 17 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.

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

Office of Trust Services, Division of Natural Resources, Branch of Fish and Wildlife Recreation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, MS-4656 MIB, 1849 C Street N.W., Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202)208-4088. Contact: Ira New Breast.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria such as the geographic extent of potential critical habitat and the amount of harvested acres (forest, range, agricultural, etc.) are considered, as well as the methodologies proposed and the capability of the applicant to successfully conduct the project.

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