Important Events and Updates

Below are some important upcoming events and updates which may relate to your BIA-funded program.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Just Services (OJS) Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP) is offering TWO grant opportunities: a Child Passenger Safety Seat Program grant and a Law Enforcement grant to supplement an existing tribal traffic safety program. Please click here to download the cover letter explaining both opportunities.  BIA IHSP is offering a FY2018 Grant Writing Workshop – click here for event information.

Child Passenger Safety Program – Click here for the full application!

The Highway Safety Act of 1966, U.S.C. Title 23, Section 402, provides U.S. Department of Transportation funding to assist Indian tribes in implementing traffic safety projects. These projects are designed to reduce the high number of traffic crashes and their resulting fatalities, injuries and property damage within Indian communities.  Tribes can apply for the Child Passenger Safety Seat Program grant by downloading the application – click here. Complete the application in its entirety; do not leave any blank spaces/fields.
The BIA Indian Highway Safety Program is performance-based and data driven. The problem statement will need to justify the tribe’s need for a child passenger safety seat program. All applications must contain measurable targets and performance measures, and be justified by data. Insufficient data to justify a need for a CPS program will significantly reduce the possibility of funding for the Tribe.
These 402 funds are intended to supplement an existing traffic safety program on the reservation.
Indian Highway Safety Program grants are funded in the form of reimbursements. Tribes must first expend their funds and submit documentation for reimbursement consideration each month. Monthly report and financial reports (requests for reimbursement) are required.

A Tribal Resolution must be submitted with the application.

Please contact the Indian Highway Safety Program at (505)563-3780 to inquire about BIA IHSP Grant Writing Training.

  • Grant applications are due by:
    May 1, 2017 for the FY2018 Grant Year
    May 1, 2018 for the FY2019 Grant Year
    May 1, 2019 for the FY2020 Grant Year

Grant applications and attachments can be mailed to:
Bureau of Indian Affair
Office of Justice Service
Indian Highway Safety Program
1001 Indian School Road N.W. Ste. 251
Albuquerque, NM 87114

Application and attachments can also be submitted via e-mail at:
ojs_indian_highway_Safety@bia.gov

 

Law Enforcement Grant – Click here for the full application!

Tribes can apply for the full-time and over- time Law Enforcement grant with this application; use the drop down menu to select the grant the tribe is applying for. Complete the application in its entirety; do not leave any blank spaces/fields. The BIA Indian Highway Safety Program is performance-based and data driven. A traffic safety problem must be identified; all applications must contain measurable targets and performance measures, and be justified by data. Insufficient data to justify a traffic safety problem will significantly reduce the possibility of funding for the Tribe.

These 402 funds are intended to supplement an existing traffic safety program on the reservation.

Indian Highway Safety Program grants are funded in the form of reimbursements. Tribes must first expend their funds and submit documentation for reimbursement consideration each month. Monthly report and financial reports (requests for reimbursement) are required.

A Tribal Resolution and the Tribe’s most current approved Indirect Cost Rate Agreement Letter must be submitted with the application.

Please contact the Indian Highway Safety Program at (505)563-3780 to inquire about BIA IHSP Grant Writing Training.

Grant applications are due by:

  • May 1, 2017 for the FY2018 Grant Year
    May 1, 2018 for the FY2019 Grant Year
    May 1, 2019 for the FY2020 Grant Year

Grant applications and attachments can be mailed to:
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Office of Justice Service
Indian Highway Safety Program
1001 Indian School Road N.W. Ste. 251
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Application and attachments can also be submitted via e-mail at:
ojs_indian_highway_Safety@bia.gov

 

 

BIA Issues Final Rule on ICWA Focused on Keeping Families Together

On June 8th, the BIA issued a Final Rule on ICWA which is comprised of binding regulations on ICWA implementation.  According to the National Indian Child Welfare Association, this is the first time the BIA has offered comprehensive enforceable regulations since the passage of ICWA more than thirty years ago.  The National Congress of American Indians has listed these highlights from the Final Rule:

  • Clear guidance on “active efforts” that state courts and agencies must employ to provide services and programs designed to prevent removal and encourage reunification
  • Clarification of notice and time frames to improve compliance and expedite the process
  • A requirement that state courts and agencies inquire whether ICWA applies in every child custody proceeding
  • Procedures governing emergency removal of Indian children
  • Clarification that the “existing Indian family doctrine” is not an exception to ICWA’s application and only the tribe has the power to determine a child’s membership status

Please click here for more information, including an ICWA FAQ, Dear Tribal Leader letter, and more.  Click here for a summary on this rule from the National Indian Child Welfare Association and Native American Rights Fund.

 

Blanket Waiver of Enrollment Requirement for Drug-Addicted Babies Under One Year Old – BIA and Tribal Social Service Programs

A waiver was recently signed by the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs that applies to BIA and Tribal Social Service Programs eligibility requirements – specifically enrollment in a federally recognized Tribe for children up to one year of age if they are need of protection. It is the same kind of waiver for BIA programs in this region working with drug affected babies coming from the hospital.  It only applies to children up to one year of age, if the child is eligible for enrollment and the parents are enrolled, and the child is drug affected or in need of protection.  This does not waive any of the other eligibility requirements.

For more information, please see the Signed Memo that waives the tribal enrollment requirement to allow BIA and tribal staff to provide child protection services and child assistance services when placement is necessary for any child: (1) less than 1-year old who is eligible for tribal enrollment and whose parents are tribal members and (2) if the child is identified as drug-affected or in need of protection.