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To obtain contact information for the Federally recognized tribes, proceed to "Tribal Leaders Directory".
For information about the U.S. Indian Health Service, visit www.ihs.gov, or call the IHS Public Affairs Office at (301) 443-3593.

This information is being collected from individuals and organizations doing business with the BIA as required under the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA).  The principal purpose for collecting this information is for billing, including collections, proper payment application and debt management actions. Failure to provide your TIN may result in ineligibility for irrigation service, waiver, or payment plan.  If the agency is required to file documents with the IRS identifying you, you are required to furnish your TIN pursuant to Treasury Regulation §301.6109-1(b).  If you do not have a TIN, SSN, EIN, or other TIN, you are required to obtain one.  Failure to provide this information, may result in a $50 fine per document filed with the IRS per Treasury Regulation §301.6721.

Yes, to learn more about ArcGIS for Desktop you can watch this introductory video. The video covers ArcGIS basics and the major improvements from ArcGIS for Desktop for version 10.1 to 10.2.

Yes, the Branch of Geospatial Support is maintaining the deployment of ArcMap versions 10, 10.1, 10.2, 10.2.1, and 10.2.2. ArcMap users upgrading from v10, 10.1, 10.2, or above will no longer need to uninstall the previous version. Note: ArcMap users may notice some changes to the Geospatial Support's License Manager.

No, as of December 31, 2013, ESRI® phased out the complimentary use of Bing Maps with ArcGIS. If you would like to continue using Bing Maps, you will need to obtain a Bing Maps key directly from Microsoft. For more information on how to accomplish this, refer to ESRI's Bing Maps FAQ.

No, the Branch of Geospatial Support does not automatically provide ArcGIS software upgrades; however, we do notify the primary Geographical Information System (GIS) contact at each organization that an upgrade is available. We also provide an order form, a current product list, and any new information regarding the software upgrade when we send out the notification.

ArcGIS software and the accompanying online courses listed on the ArcGIS Product List are available at no cost to existing ELA program participants.

To obtain ArcGIS software, contact the Geospatial Support Help Desk at 877.293.9494 or geospatial@bia.gov and request an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) Application Form, ArcGIS software order form (also referred to as a New Order Packet), and the current ArcGIS Product List.

According to ESRI®, the company that originally created ArcGIS, it is a comprehensive system that allows people to collect, organize, manage, analyze, communicate, and distribute geographic information. ArcGIS is a Geographic Information System (GIS), which is used to display geographic data, or in simpler terms, you can use it to create maps.

This program develops plans and executes demolition or transfer of space no longer needed for education programs. These facilities have been determined to be excessive to program needs and are not economically feasible for renovation to an acceptable level of life/safety code compliance for their intended program use. These vacant facilities pose health and safety problems and demolition or transfer of the facilities is determined to be in the best interest of the Federal Government. Tribal request for ownership and transfer of these vacant facilities require the Bureau to remove all hazardous building materials such as asbestos and lead-base paint prior to transfer. If the removal of hazardous material is not cost effective, or the Tribe declines ownership, then the facilities will be scheduled for demolition by the Bureau.

This Bureau program makes funds available for immediate repair/correction of deficiencies that meet emergency criteria at education facilities. Emergency repair and correction of deficiencies prevent injury and allow continuation of daily program operations. Funds are provided on an as-needed basis. Emergency repair needs result from unforeseen deficiencies, which require immediate corrective action to allow continued day-to-day operation of programs. The projects are completed through Bureau force account or emergency contracts. Examples of emergency repair include: repair or replacement of mechanical and utility system components; correction of imminent hazardous safety conditions; damage caused by fire; acts of nature (i.e., tornadoes, floods, snow, ice, lightening); and vandalism.


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