Cultural Resources Management

To ensure the proper management, protection, and preservation of cultural resources over which the BIA maintains responsibility; furnish secure, short-term housing and care for cultural resources recovered during investigations; provide for the curation, stewardship, and public access to BIA museum collections
and other cultural resources, including the increase of public awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of these resources.

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.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Portland State University $ 150,000   2018-06-012023-12-31
University Of New Mexico, The $ 61,364   2019-01-012022-12-31
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 434,356   2020-11-092022-09-30
Chaco Heritage Tribal Association $ 1,165,644   2020-11-122022-07-31
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe $ 1,342,902   2018-10-012020-09-30
Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 0   2017-08-292018-08-28
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds used for all aspects of BIA cultural resource management activities, including but not limited to museum collections management, curation, monitoring, research, rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, documentation, data recovery, interpretation, and education.

Contact the BIA program office for more information.

The amount of funding available for projects is variable from year to year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local agencies, sponsored organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, other public institutions/organizations, Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, specialized groups, small businesses, profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, other private institutions/organizations, and Native American Organizations, educational or scientific organization, or any institution, corporation, association, or individual that possesses the requisite professional expertise.

Applicant eligibility will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, educational or scientific institutions, universities, associations, and entities that have an education mission or mission-component, and museums and/or repositories that meet the standards of the Department of the Interior, Department Manual, Part 411.


Generally, applicant entity must have expertise in the contemplated resource management and/or research project. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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. A detailed proposal which includes a statement of work, timeline, and budget, must be submitted to the program office.

Award Procedures

Projects are identified and awarded based on priorities of the program and available funding. All applications will be reviewed by program staff for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the program manager, as applicable. Any awards are subject to the availability of congressional appropriations.


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


Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, as amended (ARPA), 16 U.S.C. §§ 470aa?mm; The Lacey Act of 1900, as amended, 16 U.S.C. §§ 3371-78, and 18 U.S.C. 42; Historic, archeologic, or prehistoric items and antiquities, 18 U.S.C. § 1866(b); Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. §§ 3001-3013; National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA), 54 U.S.C. § 300101 et seq.; Preservation of Historical and Archeological Data (Archeological and Historic Preservation Act of 1974, as amended), 54 U.S.C. §§ 312501-312508; Monuments, Ruins, Sites, and Objects of Antiquity (Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities of 1906 (Antiquities Act)) 54 U.S.C. §§ 320301-320303.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the number of proposals received and the complexity of the project. Generally, awards are anticipated within 90-120 days of proposal submission.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No specific restrictions, however, most projects are funded on a year-to-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients must submit, on a quarterly basis, program performance reports.

No cash reports are required.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients must submit a final performance report and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as inventories, cataloging records, data, research findings, etc.

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No performance monitoring is required.


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.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

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. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR Part 262; 36 CFR Part 79; 43 CFR Part 3; 43 CFR Part 7; 43 CFR Part 10; Departmental Manual 411 DM 1 and its Directives; Indian Affairs Manual, 59 IAM 9 and 59 IAM 10; program information

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Anna Pardo 12220 Sunrise Valley Drive, Room 6084 , Reston, Virginia 20191 Email: Phone: 7033906343

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific criteria will be provided in the funding opportunity announcement and will be based on the objectives of individual projects. Relevance to the program objectives, a detailed technical and budget proposal, and qualifications of staff and institution important to the acceptance of proposals.

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