Programs Overview

It is the intent of the Tribal Government Office to provide an overview of each program that is administered for the BSR Tribal members. Each component has been developed to implement services that will benefit tribal members in achieving self-sufficiency in educational, vocational and working skills. As the population grows so will the needs of each tribal member. It is the intent of the tribal government office to meet those needs as well.

BIA Aid To Tribal Government
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has designated that each federally recognized tribe is authorized to administer its own form of government and that funds are allocated for services to tribal members in the following areas, Indian Child Welfare Act, Employment assistance, adult education, vocational training, educational enhancement and other services as determined by each individual tribe. The Tribe receives funds annually, under a three-year grant period. Added to the funding are Housing Improvement program funds (HIP), Transpiration Improvement Program (TIP), Indirect Costs, and WildLand/Urban Fire protection programs.

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
It is the BIA’s policy to protect the best interest of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and Indian families, to prevent the arbitrary removal of Indian children from their families and tribes. (CFR 25, §23.3)

Employment Assistance Program
The purpose of the Employment Assistance Program is to assist Tribal members who have a job skill to obtain and retain permanent employment. Within that frame work, the program provides services to eligible Indians, as provided in CFR 25, § 26.5, including vocational counseling and employment services on reservations and at other home areas, in communities near reservations and in off-reservation areas. Support services are also included, as provided in CFR 25, § 26.6.

Vocational Training Program
The purpose of the vocational training program is to assist Tribal members to acquire the job skills necessary for full time satisfactory employment. Within that framework, the program provides testing, vocational counseling or guidance to assist program participants to make career choices relating personal assets to training option and availability of jobs in the labor market. The program provides for full time institutional training in any vocational or trade school as provided in CFR25, § 27.7 Apprenticeship and on-the-job training courses shall not exceed twenty-four (24) months in length, with the exception that Registered Nurses training may be for periods not to exceed thirty-six (36) months. Individual program recipients may not receive more than twenty-four (24) months of full time training, except that Registered Nursing students may receive not more than thirty-six (36) months of training.

Scholarship Program
The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist Tribal members in achieving their goals of entering a post-secondary educational program. Within the framework of the program scholarships are awarded by the Tribal Council, not exceed the federally fund amount. The program adherer’s to CFR25, § 40.1.

Environmental Programs Office | General Assistance Program (GAP)
The GAP grant is multi-media based grant, to provide tribes assistance in all areas of environmental concerns, air, soil, and water. This grant operates in three-year cycles, of which Big Sandy is in our second year of our second cycle. The fiscal year for this grant is October 1- September 30 of each year. A few of the tasks within the new GAP contract are:

  • Groundwater monitoring plan
  • Purchase of a vehicle
  • Further training for Big Sandy’s Geographic Position System

For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/indian.

Clean Water Act Section 106 (CWA106)
The Clean Water Act grant is a single media grant, intended to assist tribes in protecting their surface water resources, with limited activity in ground water. This grant has a single year funding cycle, which may be reapplied for annually. The fiscal year for this grant is July 1 – June 30 of each year. A major task of this years grant is to hire a part time hydrologist, to assist Big Sandy in further developing and protecting our water resources.

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
The Safe Drinking Water Act grant was intended for the development of a tribal utility district, training of a certified water operator, as well training for the utility district board.

It was originally thought to be a one-year grant, but has been extended with an expected completion date of June 2003.

Native American Housing Assistance And Self-Determination Act
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides grants, loan guarantees, and technical assistance to Indian Tribes for the development and operation of low-income housing in Indian Country.

Big Sandy Rancheria receives Indian Housing Plan grants. Each grant is designed to complete a five-year plan to rehabilitate homes on the Rancheria. In rehabilitating the homes, the following repairs are to be performed: repair roofs, walls, bathrooms, inspection and replacement of septic tanks and leech lines.

Indian Community Development Block Grant
In 1998 the Tribe received funding to construct a 10,000 sq.ft. Community Building on the Baty property. The building opened in April 2004.

Head Start
In 2001, Big Sandy Rancheria became a grantee and received funding from the department of Health and Human Services to administer a tribal head start program. The programs goals include:

  • Education
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Health, Disabilities and Mental Health Services
  • Nutrition