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Division of Real Estates Services

Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Real Estate Services is to protect and maintain the integrity of trust lands and resources by providing policy direction, technical assistance, training, and administrative review and monitoring of real property operations.

Indian Affairs Streamlines Process for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Projects

The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (AS-IA) announced that it has issued the updated National Policy Memorandum (NPM) NPM-TRUS-44 regarding Streamlining the Rights-of-Way (ROW) and Business Lease Application Process for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Telecommunication, and Renewable Energy Projects.

The NPM establishes the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) policy for the efficient and effective processing of ROWs and business leases for the projects funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) also known as Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), as well as telecommunications and renewable energy projects. The updates to this NPM aim to ensure consistency with applicable laws, to support Tribal Nations in exercising their sovereignty to govern their lands and pursue economic self-sufficiency, conservation practices, and climate resiliency.

The Department will host two Indian Affairs Rollout Sessions along with the Central Office DRES overviews as follows:

 

Federal Agency Briefing on the National Policy Memorandum for Permitting  

Indian Affairs invites federal partners including BIA and Tribes with contract/compact functions to participate in the BIL Rollout Session regarding streamlining the ROW and business lease application process for BIL, telecommunication, and renewable energy projects. 

Date/Time:  June 21, 2022, at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Register Online

 

Tribal and Industry Briefing on the BIA National Policy Memorandum for Permitting  

Indian Affairs invites Tribal Leaders and industry partners to participate in the BIL Rollout Session regarding streamlining the ROW and business lease application process for BIL, telecommunication, and renewable energy projects. 

Date/Time:  June 23, 2022, at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST  

Register Online 

 

The BIA is committed to promoting and facilitating information exchange with our Tribal Nations, Alaska Native Corporations, federal partners, state, and local leaders to identify and implement ways to support tribal self-determination and tribal self-governance in the management of infrastructure, telecommunication, and renewable energy purposes to have the greatest possible positive impact for Tribal communities. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Carla Clark, Acting Division Chief, BIA Division of Real Estate Services at 720-484-3233 or carla.clark@bia.gov, or Jana Waters, Realty Specialist, at (406) 690-4640 or jana.waters@bia.gov.

Who We Serve

We work to ensure that the natural resources of American Indian and Alaska Native landowners and Tribes are protected, and help tribal communities reap the economic benefits from their land.

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About the Division of Real Estates Services

Division of Real Estate Services (DRES) manages 55 million acres of surface resources and 59 million acres of mineral resources.

DRES’s responsibilities include the review of real property initiatives and the oversight of real estate services transactions, such as land into trust, trust to trust, surface and mineral leases, rights-of-way, and land and leasehold mortgages.

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