GM 20-003

BIA Self-Governance Application Deadline of March 1

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a notice in the January 24, 2020, FEDERAL REGISTER that the deadline for Indian tribes/consortia to submit completed applications to begin participation in the Self-Governance program in fiscal year 2021 or calendar year 2021 is March 1, 2020. The notice is attached.

Agreements for fiscal year 2021 need to be signed and submitted to the tribes who are party to the agreement and to Congress by July 1. Agreements for calendar year 2021 need to be signed and submitted by October 1.

Tribes/consortia that are currently involved in self-governance negotiations with the BIA or already have a signed agreement do not need to respond to the notice.

Please let us know if we may provide additional information or assistance regarding the BIA Self-Governance program.