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Indian Programs: Interior Should Address Factors Hindering Tribal Administration of Federal Programs

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Bureau of Indian Affairs
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The Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs should develop a process so that all regional and agency offices consistently provide tribes with documentation on calculations and methodologies to identify resources available to administer a program using a self-determination contract. (Recommendation 1)

In 2020 Indian Affairs updated its policy manual, the Indian Affairs Manual, to include a description of its resource distribution process. The update includes attachments (templates) for each Indian Affairs program that distributes funds to tribes. The attachments include high-level information on the criteria for how each program distributes the funds, including applicable formula factors and methodologies for calculating the amount to tribes. However, the high-level description generally does not provide the information necessary for tribes to calculate specific amounts that they would

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