Indian Employment Assistance
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
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.
To provide vocational training and employment opportunities to eligible American Indians and reduce Federal dependence.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specified Use.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Financial aid is used to assist individual Indians to obtain a marketable skill through vocational training and to assist those who have a job skill to find permanent employment. Vocational and employment counseling are provided by the program. Eligible American Indians may receive vocational training or job placement on or near the reservation or in an urban Regional.
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian Tribal Governments may apply to administer the program. 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.
Members of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes who are unemployed, underemployed, or in need of training to obtain reasonable and satisfactory employment. Complete information on beneficiary eligibility is found in 25 CFR, Parts 26 and 27.
Applicants must submit a certificate signed by a Bureau Agency Superintendent or an authorized Tribal representative that indicates the applicant is an enrolled member or registered with a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe.
Application and Award Process
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Initial applications by Indian Tribal Governments 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. Individual American Indian applicants should apply for program services on Bureau of Indian Affairs Form BIA-8205 at the nearest Bureau Employment Assistance office or tribal government offices.
The dollar value of the awards to Indian Tribal Governments depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the individual Tribe through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process. Applications for individual benefits are approved by the Bureau Agency Superintendent or authorized tribal representative.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applications by Tribal Governments to administer the program will be processed within 90 days. Applications by individuals for benefits will be processed within 30 days.
A Tribal Government 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. An individual may appeal the BIA agency Superintendent's decision to the Regional Director. The complete appeal process for an individual is found in 25 CFR Part 2, "Appeals from Administrative Action." An appeal of a Tribal contractor's decision must be made under the Tribe's appeal procedures.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards to Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations to administer the program 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 Tribal Government. Grants to individual beneficiaries for subsistence, tuition and related training costs, supportive services, etc., are released as required by beneficiary, up to the amount of the award. Assistance for job placement is provided until the beneficiary receives the first full paycheck from employment. Individual beneficiaries may not receive more than 24 months of full-time training, except for Registered Nursing students who may receive 36 months of training.
Post Assistance Requirements
Indian Tribal Governments 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. Individuals must provide evidence of satisfactory progress.
For awards administered by Indian Tribal Governments, the Tribe is responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.).
Indian Tribal Governments administering the program must retain financial records 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.
(Total Amount of Awards)FY 07 $7,261,840; FY 08 est $6,923,860; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For awards to Indian Tribal Governments: $7,000 to $350,000; $46,000. For awards to individual beneficiaries: $200 to $10,000; $5,100.
Approximately 175 awards are made annually to Indian Tribal Governments; approximately 1500 individuals receive assistance annually either through Tribal programs or as direct grants from the BIA.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR 26 and 25 CFR 27. For awards to Indian Tribal Governments see also 25 CFR Part 900.
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 or with the Tribal Government administering the program.
Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW, Mail Stop 20-SIB, Washington DC 20245.
Web Site Address
15.114, Indian Education-Higher Education Grant Program
15.850, Indian Arts And Crafts Development
Examples of Funded Projects
The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico trains students in ophthalmology and provides job placement upon completion of the program. Adult vocational training subsistence funds are provided to individuals with families who live off campus. One individual received 3 years of nursing training in Phoenix, Arizona and was subsequently employed by a medical center.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
All Tribes meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected if the program has been prioritized by the individual Indian tribe through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process. Applications from individuals are received for both vocational training and 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 Tribe or Agency.