Minerals and Mining on Indian Lands

The objectives of the Energy and Mineral Development Program are to: (1) provide funds to Tribes to perform technical evaluations of the energy (both renewable and conventional) and mineral resource potential of Indian reservations; (2) provide Tribes with geological, geophysical and engineering reports,
maps, and other data concerning their energy and mineral resources; (3) provide Tribes technical assistance on using and interpreting assessment information so that Tribes can understand and plan for the potential development of these resources; and (4) provide Tribes with an outreach vehicle to promote their lands and resources to potential partners if they so desire.

Those projects that fell into economic development categories will be considered for funding through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs' agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Wind River Inter-tribal Council $ 750,000   2019-08-012021-07-31
Native Village Of Kiana $ 125,000   2020-02-012021-01-31
Shoshone-paiute Tribes $ 67,234   2018-06-152020-12-31
Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation $ 294,000   2019-08-012020-12-31
Osage Nation $ 193,620   2019-08-012020-12-31
Northern Cheyenne Tribe $ 99,989   2018-06-152020-12-31
Northern Cheyenne Tribe $ 99,978   2018-06-152020-09-30
Blackfeet Tribe Of The Blackfeet Indian Reservation $ 67,122   2016-12-012020-09-30
Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes $ 110,435   2018-06-152020-09-30
Chemehuevi Indian Tribe $ 295,868   2019-09-012020-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Information Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Information Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Information Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Minerals and Mining: Funding may be used to facilitate the inventory, assessment, promotion and marketing of both renewable and nonrenewable energy and mineral resources on Indian lands.

Energy and Mineral Assessments: Funds are awarded competitively to support assessment and inventory programs and/or develop baseline data, but cannot be used for development purposes.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Individual American Indian mineral owners.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and their members, Native American Organizations, and/or individual American Indian mineral property owners.


Minerals and Mining: Initial application for assistance must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe. Mineral Assessments Proposals must include: (1) a current tribal resolution authorizing the proposed project; (2) a proposal describing the proposed activities and the planned deliverable products; (3) a detailed budget estimate; and 4) a review by the BIA Agency Superintendent verifying that the work to be performed occurs on trust or restricted fee lands (the Superintendent will notify DEMD in writing if that is not case). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal preapplication conference is recommended.

Technical assistance in preparing the application is available upon request.

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. Initial applications for financial assistance must contain the information specified in 25 CFR, Part 900, Subpart C, 'Contract Proposal Contents.' Completed applications for Minerals and Mining should be submitted to the Division of Energy and Mineral Development office in Lakewood, Colorado and to the local BIA agency office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

Mineral and Mining/Mineral Assessments. Proposals are paneled by the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. Funds are awarded according to the order of ranking of the proposals, although some elements of the budget may not be fully funded due to the Division's own ability to perform some tasks at lower costs.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450; Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13; Indian Minerals Development Act, Public Law 97-382, 98 Stat. 1938, 25 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.; Umatilla Basin Project Act, Public Law 101-557, 16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Mineral Assessments within 30 days after the solicitation period.


An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR, Part 900.


Minerals and Mining/Mining Assessment: A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current award.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee although OIEED established deadlines for completion of project, which may be extended with prior written approval. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of payments is negotiated with the grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements


The timing and nature of program accomplishment data will be negotiated with the contractor/grantee.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

The SF-425, Federal Financial Report is required.

Technical reports describing project outcomes are defined as deliverables in an Energy and Mineral Development award and the data generated must be presented in a compatible computer format as specified by the Division of Energy and Mineral Development.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions, or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved. For Mineral Assessment awards, one paper copy of all data (field data, processed data, analyses, assays, etc.) must be submitted at completion of contract.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Minerals and Mining: Currently not contracted by any of the tribal governments. Mineral Assessments range is $10,000 to $250,000; average $75,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR, Part 900 and Subchapter I - Energy and Minerals.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs' agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Robert Anderson Indian Affairs, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, 12136 W. Bayaud Ave., Suite 300, Lakewood, Colorado 80228 Phone: (720) 407-0602

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Energy and Mineral Assessments: Proposals are evaluated according to technical merits of the mandatory elements of the proposal. Additionally, selection criteria for ranking contain six criteria: (1) Resource Potential; (2) Commodity Marketability; (3) Economic Benefit, (4) Willingness to Develop and Commitment to the Project; (5) Budget Completeness, Cost Reasonableness, Cost Realism, and Detail, and (6) Adequacy of the Technical Proposal and Statement of Work.

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