Announcement of Fund Availability, Competitive Grant Program, 12812-12813 [E7-4953]

Download as PDF 12812 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 52 / Monday, March 19, 2007 / Notices comments will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and other Service and Departmental policies and procedures. Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1996, is in Terrebone Parish in southeast Louisiana. The 4,212-acre refuge is composed of freshwater marsh and cypress-tupelo swamp. The refuge provides excellent habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, and neotropical migratory songbirds. Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, established in 2001, is in Saint Mary Parish in southeast Louisiana. The 19,113-acre refuge is composed of bottomland hardwood and cypress-gum forests. The refuge provides habitat for the threatened Louisiana black bear, as well as high-quality habitat for migratory birds. Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, Public Law 105–57. Dated: December 19, 2006. Cynthia K. Dohner, Acting Regional Director. [FR Doc. E7–4911 Filed 3–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Announcement of Fund Availability, Competitive Grant Program Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of funding availability and solicitation of applications. ycherry on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice informs Indian tribes that grant funds are available through a Competitive Grant Program and that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting applications from eligible interested entities. To encourage greater tribal participation in this initiative, IEED is offering grants to assist federally-recognized Indian tribes in preparing tribal plans designed for participation in Public Law 102–477. DATES: Applications must be received on or before April 18, 2007. Applications received after this date will not be considered. ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver applications to: Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Lynn Forcia, Chief, Division of Workforce Development, Mail Stop 20– SIB, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20245. Potential applicants should fax a request for a copy of the guidance to (202) 208–6991. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:50 Mar 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn Forcia, (202) 219–5270 or Jody Garrison, (202) 208–2685. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation consists of six parts. • Part I provides the funding description and background information. • Part II describes the selection criteria. • Part III provides the form and content of application submission. • Part IV provides application review information. • Part V provides information for selection and non-selection of applicants for award. • Part VI describes the authority which grants this solicitation for applications for this grant. I. Background Congress enacted Public Law 102–477 (477) on October 23, 1992, with full tribal participation, and it was implemented on January 1, 1994. The 477 initiative is a program that enables tribes to consolidate Federal funds and devote up to 25 percent of their total resources for economic development projects. The 477 Tribal Work Group, composed of existing grantees, has provided training for tribes wishing to participate in this program. Independent studies, congressional testimony, the Office of Management and Budget’s PART review, and 477 participating tribes have all recognized 477 as an innovative and successful program of benefit to tribes. However, the program has grown slowly over the past 12 years. Many tribes not a part of 477 have lacked the opportunity to determine whether their participation in this program would be suitable for their communities. To encourage greater tribal participation in this highly successful initiative, the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is offering grants to assist tribes to develop 477 plans. A limited number of tribal grantees chosen, on a competitive basis, will be provided funding up to $25,000 to develop a 477 plan, which will meet statutory requirements. II. Selection Criteria IEED will select applicants for the grant funding based upon the following criteria: • 40 percent need—the tribe’s demonstration that it lacks resources necessary to prepare a plan; • 30 percent—the extent to which the tribal staff responsible for implementation of the program will have been involved in the preparation of a plan; and PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • 30 percent—the extent to which job creation and/or job accessibility activities are planned. In order to be considered eligible for consideration, tribes must document successful audits for the past 2 years. III. Form and Content of Application Submission All applications must contain the following information or documentation: (1) Standard Form 424, Application for Financial Assistance. (2) Budget not to exceed $25,000, which identifies proposed expenses (1– 2 pages). (3) Narrative (not to exceed 5 pages) which— (a) Identifies the Federal programs the tribe intends to incorporate into the 477 plan, with estimated funding levels; (b) Explains the tribe’s need for financial assistance to prepare a plan; (c) States why the tribe intends to participate in Public Law 102–477 and the expected measurable outcome; and, (d) Provides the contact person’s name, address, and fax and telephone numbers. (4) One copy of the single audit for the past 2 years, if tribe is required to complete audits. IV. Application Review Information Within 30 days of receiving the application, IEED will acknowledge receipt by letter to the applicant. The application will be reviewed for completeness to determine if it contains all of the items required. If the application is incomplete or ineligible, it will be returned to the applicant with an explanation from the Division of Workforce Development. A review team will evaluate all applications and make overall recommendations based on factors such as eligibility, application completeness, and conformity to application requirements. They will score the applications based on criteria under the heading ‘‘Selection Criteria.’’ All applications that are complete and eligible will be ranked competitively based on the criteria under the heading ‘‘Form and Content of Application Submission.’’ V. Notification of Selection/NonSelection Those tribes selected to participate will be notified by letter. Tribes will be notified within 60 days of the application deadline. Upon notification, each tribe selected will be awarded a grant. The Chief, Division of Workforce Development will notify each tribe of non-selection. E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 52 / Monday, March 19, 2007 / Notices VI. Authority DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR This notice is published in accordance with Public Law 102–477 and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Bureau of Indian Affairs Dated: March 7, 2007. Michael D. Olsen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E7–4953 Filed 3–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4M–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Gaming AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. Notice of Approved Tribal-State Class III Gaming Amendment. ACTION: This notice publishes an approval of the amendment to the Tribal-State Compact for regulation of Class III gaming between the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the State of Oregon. SUMMARY: DATES: George T. Skibine, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 219–4066. Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA), Public Law 100–497, 25 U.S.C. 2710, the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State Compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. This amendment expands the distribution of the funds in the Fund Administration to the tribes’ political subdivisions and clarifies that local government bodies includes school districts and individual schools. ycherry on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Dated: March 7, 2007. Michael D. Olsen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E7–4905 Filed 3–16–07; 8:45 am] 15:50 Mar 16, 2007 Jkt 211001 SUMMARY: This notice publishes approval of the compact between the Sovereign Indian Nation of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and the Sovereign State of Iowa. DATES: Effective Date: March 19, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George T. Skibine, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 219–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA), Public Law 100–497, 25 U.S.C. 2710, the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State Compacts for the purpose of engaging in class III gaming activities on Indian lands. This compact allows for the extension of the current compact and clarifies the regulatory scheme. Dated: March 7, 2007. Michael D. Olsen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E7–4903 Filed 3–16–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–4N–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [MT–926–07–1910–BJ–5GEV] Montana: Filing of Plat of Survey Dated: March 7, 2007. Michael D. Olsen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E7–4904 Filed 3–16–07; 8:45 am] AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana, (30) days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marvin Montoya, Cadastral Surveyor, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101–4669, telephone (406) 896–5124 or (406) 896– 5009. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This survey was executed at the request of the Cheyenne River Agency, through the Great Plains Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs and was necessary to determine Trust and Tribal lands. The lands we surveyed are: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Approved Tribal-State Compact. AGENCY: Law 100–497, 25 U.S.C. 2710, the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. This compact establishes regulatory, oversight and monitoring roles between the parties. The division of regulatory, oversight and monitoring roles in this compact reserves for the tribe the primary responsibility for regulating Class III gaming on tribal land; however, this compact provides the State of Oregon, acting through the Oregon State Police, with important monitoring and oversight responsibilities to assure the fairness, integrity, security and honesty of the Class III gaming. BILLING CODE 4310–4N–P Effective Date: March 19, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: BILLING CODE 4310–4N–P Indian Gaming 12813 Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Gaming Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Approved Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice publishes an approval of the Tribal-State Gaming Compact for regulation of Class III gaming between the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and the State of Oregon. DATES: Effective Date: March 19, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George T. Skibine, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 219–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (IGRA), Public PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Bureau of Land Management, Montana State Office, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Filing of Plat of Survey. Black Hills Meridian, South Dakota T. 8 N., R. 23 E. The plat, in 2 sheets, representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the Second Standard Parallel North, through Range 23 East, a portion of the subdivisional lines, a portion of the subdivision of section 5, a portion of the E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 52 (Monday, March 19, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12812-12813]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-4953]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Announcement of Fund Availability, Competitive Grant Program

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of funding availability and solicitation of 
applications.

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SUMMARY: This notice informs Indian tribes that grant funds are 
available through a Competitive Grant Program and that the Office of 
Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting 
applications from eligible interested entities. To encourage greater 
tribal participation in this initiative, IEED is offering grants to 
assist federally-recognized Indian tribes in preparing tribal plans 
designed for participation in Public Law 102-477.

DATES: Applications must be received on or before April 18, 2007. 
Applications received after this date will not be considered.

ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver applications to: Office of Indian 
Energy and Economic Development, Attention: Lynn Forcia, Chief, 
Division of Workforce Development, Mail Stop 20-SIB, 1951 Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20245. Potential applicants should fax a 
request for a copy of the guidance to (202) 208-6991.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn Forcia, (202) 219-5270 or Jody 
Garrison, (202) 208-2685.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This solicitation consists of six parts.
     Part I provides the funding description and background 
information.
     Part II describes the selection criteria.
     Part III provides the form and content of application 
submission.
     Part IV provides application review information.
     Part V provides information for selection and non-
selection of applicants for award.
     Part VI describes the authority which grants this 
solicitation for applications for this grant.

I. Background

    Congress enacted Public Law 102-477 (477) on October 23, 1992, with 
full tribal participation, and it was implemented on January 1, 1994. 
The 477 initiative is a program that enables tribes to consolidate 
Federal funds and devote up to 25 percent of their total resources for 
economic development projects. The 477 Tribal Work Group, composed of 
existing grantees, has provided training for tribes wishing to 
participate in this program.
    Independent studies, congressional testimony, the Office of 
Management and Budget's PART review, and 477 participating tribes have 
all recognized 477 as an innovative and successful program of benefit 
to tribes. However, the program has grown slowly over the past 12 
years. Many tribes not a part of 477 have lacked the opportunity to 
determine whether their participation in this program would be suitable 
for their communities.
    To encourage greater tribal participation in this highly successful 
initiative, the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) 
is offering grants to assist tribes to develop 477 plans. A limited 
number of tribal grantees chosen, on a competitive basis, will be 
provided funding up to $25,000 to develop a 477 plan, which will meet 
statutory requirements.

II. Selection Criteria

    IEED will select applicants for the grant funding based upon the 
following criteria:
     40 percent need--the tribe's demonstration that it lacks 
resources necessary to prepare a plan;
     30 percent--the extent to which the tribal staff 
responsible for implementation of the program will have been involved 
in the preparation of a plan; and
     30 percent--the extent to which job creation and/or job 
accessibility activities are planned.
    In order to be considered eligible for consideration, tribes must 
document successful audits for the past 2 years.

III. Form and Content of Application Submission

    All applications must contain the following information or 
documentation:
    (1) Standard Form 424, Application for Financial Assistance.
    (2) Budget not to exceed $25,000, which identifies proposed 
expenses (1-2 pages).
    (3) Narrative (not to exceed 5 pages) which--
    (a) Identifies the Federal programs the tribe intends to 
incorporate into the 477 plan, with estimated funding levels;
    (b) Explains the tribe's need for financial assistance to prepare a 
plan;
    (c) States why the tribe intends to participate in Public Law 102-
477 and the expected measurable outcome; and,
    (d) Provides the contact person's name, address, and fax and 
telephone numbers.
    (4) One copy of the single audit for the past 2 years, if tribe is 
required to complete audits.

IV. Application Review Information

    Within 30 days of receiving the application, IEED will acknowledge 
receipt by letter to the applicant. The application will be reviewed 
for completeness to determine if it contains all of the items required. 
If the application is incomplete or ineligible, it will be returned to 
the applicant with an explanation from the Division of Workforce 
Development.
    A review team will evaluate all applications and make overall 
recommendations based on factors such as eligibility, application 
completeness, and conformity to application requirements. They will 
score the applications based on criteria under the heading ``Selection 
Criteria.'' All applications that are complete and eligible will be 
ranked competitively based on the criteria under the heading ``Form and 
Content of Application Submission.''

V. Notification of Selection/Non-Selection

    Those tribes selected to participate will be notified by letter. 
Tribes will be notified within 60 days of the application deadline. 
Upon notification, each tribe selected will be awarded a grant.
    The Chief, Division of Workforce Development will notify each tribe 
of non-selection.

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VI. Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with Public Law 102-477 and 
is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Principal Deputy 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.

    Dated: March 7, 2007.
Michael D. Olsen,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. E7-4953 Filed 3-16-07; 8:45 am]
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