Pursuant to federal law, funding for federally recognized Native American tribes typically proceeds from one of four forms of grants: land acquisition, educational scholarships, tribal tax revenues, and financial aid grants.
Each type of grant is based on different criteria.
Tribal tax revenues are often generated directly from federal tax revenue in the form of federal excise taxes – sales, motor vehicle, and tobacco tax receipts – on products produced locally. These excise taxes apply only to the tax rate payable to the state, not to the tribal or state government.
Tribes also receive a portion of federal and tribal income that’s withheld from individuals or businesses (except businesses incorporated as “Native American corporations”). The amount withheld determines whether or not tribes benefit from the federal income tax system.
Education scholarships are a form of federal funding that’s available to state colleges and universities that are eligible for a federal Pell Grant. The University of Arizona in Tucson is an example of a college that meets this criteria. These colleges typically have a student body of over 1,000 students and are eligible to receive federal financial aid awards.
Tribal financial aid grants can be divided into two main categories: individual and family grants. For each grant there is a detailed description of how to obtain and use the money.
For more on these grants, consider reading the following resources and speaking with community leaders or your university’s academic support services advisor. You may also wish to visit the Department of Education’s site for more on these grants, including the criteria and resources used for evaluating each grant, which lists more than 15 categories of grants.
In addition, you may wish to refer to the Native American Grant Programs (NAGP) web site for a comprehensive listing of Indian, Alaskan Native, Métis and Hawaiian grant programs.
Where can I find a tribal tax revenue funding form?
Pursuant to federal law, funding for federally recognized tribes typically proceeds from one of four forms of grants: land acquisition, educational scholarships, tribal tax revenues, and financial aid grants.
For most tribal grants, you must find the grant document by speaking with an office representative at the tribal office or the tribal board.
To locate a tribal grant document, you can check Indian Affairs’ (IA) web site or any of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s web sites at http://www.doi.usdoj.gov or http://www.doi.gov/indianag