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Tribal Governance Resources

Published: August 15, 2012
Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
Applicant Resources, Grantee Resources, Tribal Governance
Informational Sheet, Website

Project staff sit at a table, working on governance issues.The websites featured in this document provide resources relevant to tribal governance issues.

*The photo depicts the Northwest Intertribal Court System’s “Promoting Tribal Sovereignty by Creating Infrastructure for Code Maintenance” project, funded by an ANA SEDS grant from 2009-2011.

Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal government.  Rules add detail and definition to a specific law with the intent to regulate how the law is implemented, without conflicting with the law.

The Code is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into chapters which usually bear the name of the issuing agency. Title 25 pertains to Indians. 

Chapter 1, Parts 81-83 of Title 25 (issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs) pertain to tribal self governance and regulate the implementation of law 25 U.S.C. 473a, 476, 477, and 503.

Learn more about Part 81 - Tribal reorganization under a Federal statute; Part 82 - Petitioning procedures for tribes reorganized under Federal statute and other organized tribes; and Part 83 - Procedures for establishing that an American Indian group exists as an Indian tribe.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse

The TCC is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victim’s services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country.

Indian Health Service Office of Tribal Self-Governance

OTSG is responsible for a wide range of agency functions that are critical to the IHS' relationships with Tribal leaders, organizations, and other American Indian and Alaska Native groups. OTSG develops and oversees the implementation of Tribal Self-Governance legislation and authorities in the IHS, and is a national program providing information, technical assistance, and policy coordination in support of IHS Self-Governance activities.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Self-Governance

The Office of Self-Governance is responsible for implementation of the Tribal Self Governance Act of 1994, including development and implementation of regulations, policies, and guidance in support of self-governance initiatives.  The staff negotiates annual funding agreements with eligible tribes and consortia, coordinates the collection of budget and performance data from self-governance tribes, and resolves issues that are identified in financial and program audits of self governance operations.