[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 14, 2018)]
[Page 6612]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-03075]



Bureau of Indian Affairs


Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications To Begin 
Participation in the Tribal Self-Governance Program in Fiscal Year 2019 
or Calendar Year 2019

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of application deadline.


SUMMARY: In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance (OSG) 
establishes a March 1, 2018, deadline for Indian Tribes/consortia to 
submit completed applications to begin participation in the Tribal 
self-governance program in fiscal year 2019 or calendar year 2019.

DATES: Completed application packages must be received by the Director, 
Office of Self-Governance, by March 1, 2018.

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, 1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 
2071-MIB, Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kenneth D. Reinfeld, Office of 
Self-Governance, Telephone (703) 390-6551.

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), and 25 CFR 1000.15(a), 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 of the 
Interior 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' 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

    The regulations at 25 CFR 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 2019 and calendar year 2019. 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 2019 or calendar year 
2019 must respond to this notice, except for those Tribes/consortia 
which are: (1) Currently involved in negotiations with the Department; 
or (2) one of the 123 Tribal entities with signed agreements.

Information Collection

    This information collection is authorized by OMB Control Number 
1076-0143, Tribal Self-Governance Program, which expires December 31, 

    Dated: January 26, 2018.
John Tahsuda,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs, Exercising the 
Authority of the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2018-03075 Filed 2-13-18; 8:45 am]