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Office of Self Governance

Our Mission

We, the Office of Self-Governance, challenge ourselves to promote, advance, and advocate the Tribal vision of Self-Governance with dignity, integrity, and respect for Tribal governments we serve. We honor, protect and support Tribal sovereignty within a government-to-government partnership with Tribal governments. We advocate for the transfer of federal programmatic authorities and resources to Tribal Governments in accordance with Tribal Self-Governance statutes and policies.

Upcoming Deadline

Annual Report to Congress Tribal Activity Data Call - Reports are still being collected and can be submitted to Vickie Hanvey by email at Vickie.Hanvey@bia.gov.

Tribal Contract Support Data - Self Governance tribes can still submit CSC Data to OSG-CSC@bia.gov.

Who We Serve

Self Governance tribes represents approximately 50 percent of all Federally recognized tribes nationwide. The OSG serves small, medium, and large Federally recognized tribes that have applied to participate in the Self Governance Program and met the statutory criteria for acceptance. The statutory criteria requires the Federally recognized tribes to 1) successfully complete the planning phase 2) request participation in self governance by resolution or other official action by the tribal governing body 3) demonstrate for the three prior fiscal years financial stability by having no uncorrected significant and material audit exceptions in the required annual single audit of its self-determination or self governance agreements with any Federal agency.  In 2021, OSG will distribute approximately $1.2 billion to 285 tribes, including tribal consortia, covered by 133 funding agreements. 

Services We Provide

Self Governance Tribes

About the Office of Self Governance

The Office of Self Governance (OSG) is responsible for implementation of the Tribal Self Governance Act of 1994, as amended. The OSG operates as a one-stop-shop that provides financial management, budgeting, accounting and contracting services for self governance tribes and assists with the development and implementation of regulations, policies, and guidance in support of self governance initiatives. OSG provides a consolidated block grant to tribal governments that allows for greater flexibility and responsibility to meet the social, economic, and cultural needs of their people. Since becoming permanent in 1994, the OSG has been a modern cornerstone of tribal sovereignty and tribal self-determination for many Indian Nations and Alaska Natives by protecting and supporting tribal sovereignty through a Government-to-Government partnership. Additionally, the OSG advocates for the transfer of Federal programs and resources to tribal governments in accordance with tribal self governance statutes and policies.  

The OSG staff negotiates annual funding agreements with eligible tribes and consortia, coordinates the collection of budget and performance data from self governance tribes, resolves issues that are identified in financial and program audits of tribal self governance operations and distributes funding to self governance tribes. Funds are allocated or awarded to self governance tribes, including reprogramming within Operation of Indian Programs (OIP) and transfers from other Federal programs. This includes funds from Department of Labor, and other agencies' for manpower training funds under the Integration of Employment, Training, and Related Services Demonstration Act (Public Law 102-477), as amended, by the Indian Employment Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-93). 

 

Office of Self Governance - Headquarters Office  U.S. Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs 1849 C Street, NW MS-3624-MIB  Washington, DC 20240  Phone: (202) 219-0240 

Office of Self Governance - Northwest Field Office (NWFO)  U.S. Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs  700 East 5th Street, Building 728, Suite A  Vancouver, WA 98661  Phone: (360) 699-1007 

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