Indian School Equalization

To provide funding for primary and secondary education.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Information Available.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Information Available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Information Available.

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.

See BIE Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Sevier School District, Inc $ 4,826,305   2018-07-012024-09-30
Close Up Foundation $ 87,034   2018-10-232024-03-24
The Cherokee Nation $ 35,062,275   2019-07-012023-09-30
Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma $ 17,519,051   2019-07-012023-09-30
Miccosukee Corporation $ 15,705,906   1991-08-292023-09-30
Kickapoo Nation School $ 7,023,007   2019-07-012022-09-30
Muscogee (creek) Nation, The $ 6,049,133   2019-07-012022-09-30
Chickasaw Nation $ 4,821,534   2019-07-012022-09-30
Indian Township Passamaquoddy School Committee $ 26,585,562   2008-08-112022-09-30
Muscogee (creek) Nation, The $ 1,453,069   2018-07-012019-12-30

Program Accomplishments

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

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for the education of Indian children in Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded schools.

Funds may not be used for construction.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribes or tribal organizations currently served by a Bureau of Indian Education funded school.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children between the ages of 5 and 21 who are a member of or are at least a one-fourth degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.


Written evidence of approval of the application by the tribal governing body of the students served by or to be served by the school. 'Tribal governing body' means the tribal governing body or tribal governing bodies that represent at least 90 percent of the students served by such school. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An applicant should consult the BIE Education Line Officer who will provide technical assistance.

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. To become a contract school, applications should be developed in accordance with 25 CFR Part 900. To become a grant school, applications should be developed in accordance with 25 USC 2501 et. seq.

Award Procedures

The BIE Education Line Officer will ensure the application is complete and forward the application to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education, with a recommendation for approval or disapproval.


Jul 01, 2015 Schools must submit their applications and a copy of the tribe's approval of the application by March 1. Evidence that all administrative systems are in place such as accounting, personnel and property must be submitted by July 1.


Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.; Indian Education Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-561, 25 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.; Tribally Controlled Schools Act, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications for contract schools will be processed within 90 days; applications for grant schools will be processed within 180 days after the date the application is submitted to the Education line Officer.


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.


Awards are made annually and are renewed automatically based on satisfactory performance by the grantee.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 25, Chapter 39. Approximately ninety-nine percent of the ISEP funds will be allocated in accordance with the ISEP formula contained in 25 CFR 39. One percent of the funds shall be reserved for the Director's discretion. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds may be paid in advance, are awarded annually on an indefinite basis based on performance, and remain with the Self Determination contractor or grantee until spent. Funds are added to the recipient school's Public Law 100-297 Grant or Public Law 93-638 Contract on July 1 and December 1. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual Narrative Report and a program evaluation by an impartial third party such as an accrediting agency.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Federal Financial Report, SF 425 is required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.

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 - FY 16 est. $391,857,000/$240,908,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The FY 2014 range was $161,000 to $8,930,300. The average was $2,007,600 per grant school.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR 39; 25 CFR 45; 25 CFR 900.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See BIE Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Joe Herrin Headquarters Office: Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, MS-4657 MIB, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: Phone: (202) 208-7658

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicants meeting eligibility requirements are funded.

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