Indian Tribes and Tribal Corporation Loans

To enable federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal corporations to acquire land within tribal reservations and Alaskan communities.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Loan funds may be used to acquire land and interest therein for the benefit and use of the tribe or its members for purposes such as rounding out farming and ranching units or elimination of fractional heir ships.

Funds may also be used for incidental costs connected with land purchase such as appraisals, title clearance, legal services, land surveys, and loan closing.

Loan funds may be used to refinance non-United States Department of Agriculture preexisting debts that applicant incurred to purchase land subject to certain conditions.

Loan funds cannot be used for any improvement or development purposes, acquisition or repair of buildings or personal property, payment of operating costs, payment of finder's fees, or similar costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Limited to any Indian tribe recognized by the Secretary of the Interior or tribal corporation established pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act or community in Alaska incorporated by the Secretary of Interior pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act which does not have adequate uncommitted funds to acquire lands within the tribe's reservation or in a community in Alaska.

The tribe must be unable to obtain sufficient credit elsewhere at reasonable rates and terms and must be able to show reasonable prospects of repaying the loan as determined by an acceptable repayment plan and a satisfactory management plan for the land being acquired.

Beneficiary Eligibility

American Indian Tribe or tribal corporation recognized by the Secretary of the Interior, or a community in Alaska incorporated by the Secretary of the Interior.


Credentials provided by the Secretary of the Interior. Feasibility documentation must be supplied by the applicant. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application Form FSA 770-2620 will be submitted to the State FSA offices. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

After an application has been recommended by Agency loan specialist, the State Executive Director has final approval authority on loans up to $500,000. Loans in excess of that amount require the National office approval. Following approval, payment authorization is forwarded to the National Finance Office which issues the check.


Not Applicable.


Farm and Rural Development Act. Agriculture Act of 1961, Title III, Public Law 87-128.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 90 days.


From 30 to 60 days. If an application is rejected, the reasons for rejection are fully stated and appropriate appeal rights given. The applicant may reapply at any time that the reasons for rejection are corrected. If not satisfied with the State Executive Director's action, the applicant is given an opportunity to appeal the decision to the National Appeals Division decision making process. The applicant may in the final step of the appeals process, ask for a review of the decision by the Director of the National Appeals Division, Washington, DC.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Loans may be scheduled over a period not to exceed 40 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Records and accounts are required to reflect the operations of the project.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4212-0-3-351 - Direct Loans Financing Account; 12-1140-0-1-351.


(Direct Loans) FY 15 $0; FY 16 est $2,000,000; and FY 17 est $2,000,000 - No loans were made in FY 2015 No loans were made in FY 2016 The agency estimates 20 loans being made in FY 2017 for total obligations of $20,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Current Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

connie holman 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-690-0756

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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