Native American Affairs

Program Criteria for the Native American Affairs  Technical Assistance Program

(Current as of October 2010)

• Funding contributions by the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance Program (NAA TAP) are limited to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years.  

•Activities funded under this program must pertain to the use, protection, or development of water related trust assets for federally recognized tribes.

•Feasibility studies (as defined under Reclamation law) shall not be funded.

•Construction shall not be funded [Note that activities which, in the aggregate,  total $200,000, or less, are not deemed to be construction for purposes of program administration].

•Only definable products will be funded; no specific positions or activities within Indian tribes will be funded.

•Only discrete projects with durations of two years or less will be funded.

•No activities will be funded which generate data or analyses which have the potential for compromising any study or activities of a Department of the Interior Indian water rights negotiation or the Department of Justice in its pursuit of related Indian water claims.  (If in doubt, the Reclamation member of the Federal Negotiations team should be consulted.)

•No activity will be funded for non-federal dams or structures. 

•No technical assistance funds shall be used to fund administrative costs of 638 contracts unrelated to the NAA TAP.

•No funds shall be used to purchase equipment as the sole purpose of the project.

•No technical assistance funds may be used to directly support litigation of any kind. 

•No technical assistance for activities which will have the effect of obligating the Bureau of Reclamation to perpetual funding requirements.   (In the past, this has meant that funding shall not be used to install gaging stations unless it appears that other sources of funding are available to fund future operations and maintenance of the station.) 

• No technical assistance funds should be to perform biological activities (e.g. fisheries work, including collection, analysis and evaluation of biological data).  Funding related to the water supply (i.e., quantity and quality) of a fishery study is acceptable. 


Last Updated: 6/12/15