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.
Less than 30 percent of the funds provided to the Corporation are used for administrative purposes.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Financial aid is used to assist individual Indians in finding permanent employment.
A weekly or monthly (depending on type of services received) stipend is paid until the participant is employed.
Upon receiving employment, assistance may be provided until the first full paycheck is received.
Application to administer the program is limited to the United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation.
Individual American Indian applicants must be a member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, be in need of financial assistance, and reside on or near an Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Must be an American Indian member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe and reside on or near an Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Complete information on beneficiary eligibility is found in 25 CFR, Parts 26 and 27.
Applicant must submit a certificate signed by a Bureau Agency Superintendent or an authorized Tribal representative that indicates the applicant is an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
The application by the United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation to administer the program must contain the information specified in 25 CFR, Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." The completed application should be submitted to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Aberdeen Regional office. Individual American Indian applicant should apply for program services using the application form designated by the Corporation. Individual application forms may be obtained directly from the Corporation.
Applications for individual benefits are approved by the designated United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation official.
Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85; 42 Stat. 208; 25 U.S.C. 13; Indian Adult Vocational Training Act of 1956; Public Law 84-959; 70 Stat. 986, as amended; Public Law 88-230; 77 Stat. 471; 25 U.S.C. 309; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; Public Law 93-638; as amended; 25 U.S.C. 450.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
1 to 90 days.
Disputes between the United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs may be appealed through an informal conference with the deciding official, may be appealed to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or the corporation may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR, Part 900. An appeal of the corporate official's decision must be made under the corporation's appeal procedures.
Awards to the United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation to administer the program may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the corporation and the availability of appropriated funds. A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current award. Individual renewals are based on the availability of funds, but the job placement service may not be used more than three times or more frequently than every two years.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards to the United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation to administer the program are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended. Payments may be made in advance or by reimbursement. Payments to individual beneficiaries for subsistence, support services, uniforms, etc., are released as required by beneficiary, up to the amount of the award. Assistance for job placement is provided until the beneficiary receives their first full paycheck.
Post Assistance Requirements
The United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation must submit financial status reports, SF 269A.
The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the Corporation.
For awards administered by the United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation, the Corporation is responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.).
The United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation must retain financial records 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.
(Total Amount of Awards) FY 07 not available; FY 08 est not available (program not funded); and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$500 to $1,200; $1,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
25 CFR 900, 25 CFR 26, and 25 CFR 27.
Regional or Local Office
United Sioux Tribes Development Corporation, 1830 Lombardy Drive, Rapid City, South Dakota, 57701. Contact: Ken Lock; Telephone: (605) 226-7426.
Office of Economic Development, Division of Job Placement and Training, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW., MS-2412 MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Contact: Lynn Forcia. Telephone: (202) 219-5270.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applications are received for direct employment participants. Final determination to fund an application is based on the individual's eligibility and financial need and total dollars available to the Corporation.
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