Indian Self-Determination Act Contracts, Grants and Cooperative Agreements

To provide maximum Indian participation in the government and education of the Indian people; to provide the full participation of the Indian tribes in programs and services conducted by the Bureau of Land Management for Indians and to encourage the development of human resources of the Indian people;
and to establish program assistance to upgrade Indian education that will support the right of Indian citizens and for other purposes.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Past projects funded were for mineral management of tribal lands in Montana where three tribes are conducting the inspection and enforcement of Indian oil and gas operations, inspection, enforcement and production of Indian operations.

In addition, many cadastral surveys are being conducted on tribal and allottee lands in Alaska.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

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 - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Indian tribes and the Bureau of Land Management have worked together to authorize tribes to take over the administration and program for oil and gas inspections on tribal lands in Montana. Alaska Native villages and regional or village corporations are conducting cadastral land surveys of their tribal lands. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Contracts, grants and cooperative agreements are authorized for non-construction projects in the 17 western states and Alaska for programs and services conducted by the Bureau of Land Management for the benefit of Indian tribes.

Programs available to Tribes because they deliver services to Indians in their protected status are: cadastral survey and minerals management.

Other programs, services, functions and activities administered by the Bureau of Land Management which are of specific geographic, historical, or cultural significance to the Indian Tribes are: cultural heritage, forestry management, range management, riparian management, recreation management, and wildlife and fisheries management.

Certain restrictions will be applicable based on the specific statutory authority that authorizes the construction activities which are primarily for the benefit of Indians because of their status as Indians.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments


The application for a contract, grant or cooperative agreement must contain an authorizing resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe. Each contract, grant or cooperative agreement requires project specific authority. Detailed written technical proposals including background data regarding the applicant"s, technical approaches proposed to accomplish the work, scopes of work that separate the work into major tasks, types of personnel implementing the proposals, experience in performing these types of work, timeliness, the levels of cooperation with other parties involved in the proposals, and other information that may be useful for proposal evaluation. Detailed project cost proposals, including budgets with estimated project costs, including salaries and wages, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contracts, and indirect costs, and the values of any in-kind contribution of goods and services. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Initial proposals must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900.8. Proposals shall be submitted to the applicable Bureau of Land Management State Office with responsibility for the specific project for which an Indian tribe or tribal organization proposes to participate. Bureau of Land Management personnel will provide technical assistance to tribes in the development of their proposals as requested, pending availability of appropriations.

Award Procedures

The Bureau of Land Management and the tribe develop a negotiation schedule and then negotiate the overarching contract/award terms, provisions and conditions based on the requirements of Public Law 93-638, 25 CFR Part 900, any specific requirements of the project authorizing legislation, and other applicable Federal laws and regulations. The Bureau of Land Management and the tribe also negotiate an annual funding agreement, which identifies activities to be performed, funds to be provided, and the method of payment for the initial year of the PL 93-638 contract. A final agreement is prepared based upon the outcome of the negotiations; attachments include the work plan, budget, tribal resolution, initial annual funding agreement, property list, list of any applicable provisions, terms and conditions.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistant Act, Public Law 93-638, 25 U.S.C 450.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


As specified within 25 CFR Part 900.


Will vary with project and/or award.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length of programs will vary. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


The reporting of financial status reports and progress reports requirements will be negotiated within the annual funding agreement or overarching terms and conditions.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Indian tribal governments and organizations shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $3,700,000; FY 09 est $4,000,000; FY 10 est $4,300,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $36,000 to $1,700,000; Average $274,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, 25 USC 450, as amended, Public Law 93-638, and 25 CFR Part 900.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Native American Coordinator Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street, NW, 204-LS, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202)452-7756

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Review and approval of contract proposals is in accordance with 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart D - Review and Approval of Contract Proposals.

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