Federal Funding Opportunities for Native American Indian Tribes

The government provides many different programs to give federal funds to tribes. These funds play a vital role in ensuring the preservation of tribal sovereignty, promoting economic development, and improving the overall well-being of communities. 

mctlaw actively reviews government databases in search of new funding opportunities for our clients. Our attorneys have decades of experience working closely with tribes as inside and outside counsel, and have helped many tribes secure funding they were otherwise unaware of. 

Federal funding for Tribes has numerous benefits that help make a positive impact on communities across the country in several different ways. The availability of these funds may vary over time, so it’s important to consult with an attorney experienced securing federal grant funding.

Economic Development for Tribes

Federal funding promotes economic development within the tribal community. Historically marginalized, tribes face significant challenges in accessing capital and resources necessary for economic development. Federal funding and grants help to offset this through financial support for infrastructure improvement, housing, entrepreneurship, and job creation. 

Funding for Tribal Infrastructure 

These funds help Tribes preserve sovereignty by receiving money they can use to invest in the development of their judicial systems, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and natural resource management, among other essential services. These initiatives help strengthen tribal governments, promote decision-making autonomy, and preserve their rich heritage for future generations.

Funding for Tribal Healthcare and Education Support

Federal funds support efforts to improve Indian healthcare and educational opportunities for tribes. The Indian Health Service (IHS) receives federal appropriations to support comprehensive medical services, health infrastructure, and disease prevention programs. Similarly, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) uses federal funds to enhance educational opportunities in tribal schools, promote cultural preservation, and empower students to thrive academically.

Funding for Tribal Environmental and Natural Resource Protection

Managing natural resources is an important component of protecting tribal interests, and federal funding supports this as well. Through federal grants, tribes can engage in sustainable environmental practices, conservation initiatives, and renewable energy projects. These investments allow tribes to protect their lands, preserve traditional ways of life, and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

Types of Federal Funding for Indian Tribes

Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program

Administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the IHBG program provides grants to tribes for affordable housing activities. Tribes can use the funding for new housing construction, housing rehabilitation, housing management services, and supportive housing for vulnerable populations.

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

The CDBG program, administered by HUD, provides grants to state and local governments, including tribes, to support a wide range of community development activities. Tribes can use CDBG funds for affordable housing initiatives, infrastructure development, economic development projects, and public facilities improvements.

Tribal Energy Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) offers funding opportunities for tribes to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. This funding assists tribes in developing clean energy resources, reducing energy costs, and promoting sustainable practices.

Grants from Specific Federal Agencies like the DOJ and USDA

Various federal agencies offer grants specific to tribal communities. For example, the Department of Justice (DOJ) provides grants to support tribal justice systems, law enforcement, and victim services. Attorney Sophie Asher recently helped the UKB Tribe win a large grant to establish a Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers funding for agricultural programs and rural development projects on tribal lands.

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Content Reviewed by Sophie Asher – Indian Law

Sophie Asher is an Attorney at mctlaw
Sophie Asher

Sophie Asher is an attorney in the Indian Law division at mctlaw. Ms. Asher focuses her practice on assisting tribes with infrastructure and economic development. Sophie’s work is informed by her time as a public defender in Albuquerque, NM and as a guardian ad litem for several Pueblos. She litigated misdemeanor cases and worked in the Healing to Wellness Court. This program is a first-of-its-kind state court that utilized Native American and western modalities to address underlying issues of Native American clients convicted in state court. Ms. Asher graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law with a concentration in Indigenous Law. 

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