[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 245 (Wednesday, December 23, 2009)]
[Page 68278]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-30472]



Bureau of Indian Affairs

Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications To Begin 
Participation in the Tribal Self-Governance Program in Fiscal Year 2011 
or Calendar Year 2011

AGENCY: Office of Self-Governance, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Application Deadline.


SUMMARY: In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance (OSG) 
establishes a March 1, 2010, deadline for Indian tribes/consortia to 
submit completed applications to begin participation in the tribal 
self-governance program in fiscal year 2011 or calendar year 2011.

DATES: Completed application packages must be received by the Director, 
Office of Self-Governance, by March 1, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Application packages for inclusion in the applicant pool 
should be sent to Sharee M. Freeman, Director, Office of Self-
Governance, Department of the Interior, Mail Stop 355-G-SIB, 1951 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kenneth D. Reinfeld, Office of 
Self-Governance, Telephone 202-208-5734.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994 
(Pub. L. 103-413), as amended by the Fiscal Year 1997 Omnibus 
Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104-208), the Director, Office of Self-
Governance may select up to 50 additional participating tribes/
consortia per year for the tribal self-governance program, and 
negotiate and enter into a written funding agreement with each 
participating tribe. The Act mandates that the Secretary submit copies 
of the funding agreements at least 90 days before the proposed 
effective date to the appropriate committees of the Congress and to 
each tribe that is served by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agency 
that is serving the tribe that is a party to the funding agreement. 
Initial negotiations with a tribe/consortium located in a region and/or 
agency which has not previously been involved with self-governance 
negotiations, will take approximately 2 months from start to finish. 
Agreements for an October 1 to September 30 funding year need to be 
signed and submitted by July 1. Agreements for a January 1 to December 
31 funding year need to be signed and submitted by October 1.

Purpose of Notice

    25 CFR sections 1000.10 to 1000.31 will be used to govern the 
application and selection process for tribes/consortia to begin their 
participation in the tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2011 
and calendar year 2011. Applicants should be guided by the requirements 
in these subparts in preparing their applications. Copies of these 
subparts may be obtained from the information contact person identified 
in this notice.
    Tribes/consortia wishing to be considered for participation in the 
tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2011 or calendar year 
2011 must respond to this notice, except for those tribes/consortia 
which are: (1) Currently involved in negotiations with the Department; 
(2) one of the 99 tribal entities with signed agreements; or (3) one of 
the tribal entities already included in the applicant pool as of the 
date of this notice.

Information Collection

    This information collection is authorized by OMB Control Number 
1076-0143, Tribal Self-Governance Program, which expires November 30, 
2009. A request for renewal was submitted to OMB on August 26, 2009.

    Dated: December 14, 2009.
Larry Echo Hawk,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. E9-30472 Filed 12-22-09; 8:45 am]