ERIC Number: ED445850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Report on Tribal Priority Allocations.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
As part of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) funding, Tribal Priority Allocations (TPA) are the principal source of funds for tribal governments and agency offices at the reservation level. According to their unique needs and circumstances, tribes may prioritize funding among eight general categories: government, human services, education, public safety, community development, resources management, trust services, and general administration. In 1997, Congress directed the BIA to examine options on other methods of distributing TPA funds based on identified tribal need. This report summarizes findings of a BIA/tribal workgroup on this issue. Chapter 1 describes background issues: wide variations among Indian tribes and lands that impede development of one funding formula; American Indians' severely disadvantaged status; Federal trust responsibilities to Indians; and the right of tribal governments to have their priorities respected. Chapter 2 recounts the historical and legal basis for federal services to tribes. Chapter 3 discusses measures of tribal need and finds that current funding meets only one third of identified needs. Chapter 4 covers measures of tribal revenue, noting that revenue must be used not only for current operations but also to repair 150 years of neglect. Chapter 5 presents results of tribal consultation. There is no support for reallocation of resources, and given that fewer than 10 percent of tribes have enough revenue to provide a full range of services to their citizens, reallocation of base funds is not cost effective. Chapter 6 presents conclusions: base funding to tribes should not be redistributed; the same principles for determining state and local eligibility for federal funds should be applied to tribes; and an appeal process must be established for tribes affected by any change in TPA policies. Appendices describe TPA programs and list federal domestic assistance programs for which tribes may or may not apply. (TD)
Descriptors: American Indians, Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Indian Relationship, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Postsecondary Education, Tables (Data), Tribal Government, Tribal Sovereignty, Tribes, Trust Responsibility (Government)
Full text at BIA Web site: http://www.doi.gov/bia/tpa/TPARept.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.