Navajo-Hopi Indian Settlement Program
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Public Law 93-531, 25 U.S.C. 640 et seq.; Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act; Public Law 102-180, 105 Stat. 1230; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450.
To implement those provisions of the Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act of 1974, as amended, which are assigned to the Department of the Interior; and to institute conservation practices and methods to restore the grazing potential of rangelands lying within the former Navajo/Hopi Joint Use Area.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specified Use; Provision of Specialized Services.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Use is restricted to approved projects within the Navajo/Hopi Joint Use Area. Funds will be used for restoration of rangeland within the former Navajo/Hopi Joint Use Area (JUA). This includes livestock monitoring on the JUA, issuance of grazing permits, implementation of range management plans and grazing control methods, establishment of range units and grazing capacity, and removal of trespass livestock on the Hopi Partitioned Lands; initiation of grazing control on the Navajo Partitioned Lands; and natural resources restoration on the affected lands.
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments of the Navajo and Hopi Tribes and Native American Organizations authorized by either Tribe.
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments of the Navajo and Hopi Tribes and individual members of both Tribes.
Initial application must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe.
Application and Award Process
Informal preapplication conference is recommended. Technical assistance in preparing the application is available upon request. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Initial applications must contain the information specified in 25 CFR, Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed applications should be submitted to the Hopi Agency or the Navajo or Western Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the address listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
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.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applications will be processed within 90 days.
An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official or may appeal the denial of the application directly 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.
Formula and Matching Requirements
By agreement, 40 percent of the funds are used on Hopi Partitioned Lands and 60 percent are used on Navajo Partitioned Lands.
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/contractors are responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et. seq.).
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.
(Total Amount of Awards) FY 07 $229,600; FY 08 est $239,200; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,000 to $150,000; $75,000.
Ongoing activities to accomplish the goal of rangeland restoration within the former Joint Use Area include livestock monitoring, issuance of grazing permits, implementation of range management plans and grazing control methods, establishment of range units and grazing capacity. Program activities on the Hopi Partitioned Lands include range, woodlands and wildlife restoration of 910,021 acres and maintenance on 630 miles of fencing and 123 stock water facilities.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR 161, 166, and 168.
Regional or Local Office
Applications may be filed with the Hopi Agency or the Navajo or Western Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the address listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Office of Trust Responsibilities, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street N.W., MS-3061 MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Contact: David Edington. Telephone: (202)513-0886.
Web Site Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Projects are funded in the areas of windmill maintenance, boundary fence maintenance, erosion control measures, and re-seeding.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Proposals are selected on the basis of the need and urgency of the proposed work.