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On May 30, 2014, the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA) issued a decision to uphold the funding of nine ISDA contracts for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, which include, BIA Higher Education/Scholarship Program, Job Placement and Training Program, Tribal Court Program, Social Services Program, Johnson O’Malley Program, Aid to Tribal Government (Enrollment) Program, Emergency Youth Shelter Program, Indian Child Welfare Program and Adult Education Program.
The decision reads in part, “The Regional Director concluded that in order to unilaterally modify the contracts and fund them through the modification, he did not need to make a tribal government recognition decision, i.e., he did not need to determine whom to recognize as the current political leadership of the Tribe … “

This decision by the IBIA specifically addresses only the nine ISDA contracts for the programs listed above. The decision regarding recognition of Tribal leadership is still pending.

The complete decision by the IBIA is posted for your review.

IBIA Order May 30, 2014

We have some good news to share. Despite initial thoughts that federal PL638 funds would not be released to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, we were notified earlier this month that the funds would in fact be released to our administration due to the stability of day-to-day operations.

These funds directly benefit tribal members by providing services in higher education, adult education, Indian child welfare, social services and more.

We thank the BIA for releasing the funds of the 638 contracts on behalf of our tribal members, and we appreciate Deputy Regional Director of Indian Services Terry Bruner’s support in the matter.

Our tribal members are our top priority and we look forward to a better working relationship with the BIA from this point forward.

If our administration can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

Decision Notice February 12, 2014

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