Indian Tribal Water Resources Development, Management, and Protection

To increase opportunities for Indian tribes to develop, manage, and protect their water resources.


Examples of Funded Projects

Well closures, drought relief, water needs assessments, aquifer studies, water management database, infrastructure improvement, and water quality monitoring.

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 - Pacific Northwest Region: Telephone: (208) 378-5012, Web:; Mid-Pacific Region: Telephone: (916) 978-5000, Web:; Lower Colorado Region: Telephone: (702) 293-8411, Web:; Upper Colorado Region: Telephone: (801) 524-3600, Web:; Great Plains Region: Telephone: (406) 247-7600, Web:

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Inter Tribal Council Of Arizona, Inc. $ 100,000   2020-10-012025-09-30
Nambe Pueblo Governor's Office $ 25,000   2020-10-012024-09-30
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 346,986   2019-10-012024-09-30
Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Council $ 192,524   2021-09-132023-05-31
Chickasaw Nation $ 160,635   2021-09-222023-03-31
Nez Perce Tribe $ 30,000   2021-08-312023-03-31
Tesuque Pueblo Administration $ 25,000   2020-09-082022-12-31
Big Valley Of Pomo Indians Of The Big Valley Rancheria California $ 197,715   2020-10-012022-12-31
Round Valley Indian Tribes $ 200,000   2020-06-012022-12-31
Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation $ 98,941   2018-01-012022-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Projects have been awarded for improvement of infrastructure, restoration of fish and wildlife, and habitat improvement. Information is not available on the number of projects that will be announced this year.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements, pursuant to 31 U.S.C.

6301-6308, are authorized to increase opportunities for Indian tribes to develop, manage, and protect their water resources.

Nothing in this Act is intended to modify or limit the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act (25 U.S.C.

45 et seq.).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally recognized Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, national Indian organizations, and tribal organizations located in the 17 western States identified in the Act of June 17, 1902, as amended; specifically, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally recognized Indian tribes in the 17 western states.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of Bureau of Reclamation program managers who are qualified experts in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.


Varies by project. Deadline information will be included in all funding opportunity announcements posted on .


Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003, Division D Energy and Water Development Appropriations, Title II, Section 201, Public Law 108-7.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects generally last one to two years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Reports, (2) SF-272 Report of Federal Cash Transactions, and (3) program performance reports.

Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Report, (2) final program performance report, and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December1, 2003) 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. Institutions of higher education shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $3,829,061; FY 08 not separately identifiable; and FY 09 not separately identifiable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $4,000 to $800,000, average $110,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12,; OMB Circulars, These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Pacific Northwest Region: Telephone: (208) 378-5012, Web:; Mid-Pacific Region: Telephone: (916) 978-5000, Web:; Lower Colorado Region: Telephone: (702) 293-8411, Web:; Upper Colorado Region: Telephone: (801) 524-3600, Web:; Great Plains Region: Telephone: (406) 247-7600, Web:

Headquarters Office


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposed projects must be related to the development, management and protection of Indian tribal water resources. Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on

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