As background for the Evaluation Feasibility Study, OASPE was interested in determining the extent to which Tribes are currently managing DHHS or other Federally-funded programs under compacts, contracts, and grants. These other programs include programs of the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs carried out under the “477” program (P.L. 102-477). The information on Tribes that are currently managing programs also provided background information for recruiting six Tribes to participate in the site visit component of the Evaluation Feasibility Study.
The construction of the Tribal Matrix and identification of programs that are managed by each Tribe required: 1) identification of each Federally-recognized Tribe (including those Tribes in Alaska and other States that have authorized a Tribal organization to carry out programs on their behalf); and 2) identification of data sources and individuals in the Federal government that could provide information on Tribal management of the specific DHHS and BIA programs of interest.
A complete list of all Federally-recognized Tribes was obtained from the Federal Register. This list was then cross-referenced with Indian Health Service information to match Tribes in Alaska and other States to the Tribal organizations they have authorized to carry out programs on their behalf.
Data were obtained from BIA staff on Tribal management of BIA programs under Title I self-determination contracts and under Title IV Self-Governance compacts, as well as Self-Governance under P.L. 102- 477 provisions. Project staff searched each DHHS program area web site, as an initial step, to determine whether the program maintained a list of Tribes and Tribal organizations that hold contracts, grants, or compacts to manage specific programs. Then, direct telephone contacts were made with DHHS staff associated with each program area to verify the accuracy of information obtained from the web site or to request information on Tribal management of programs. For five programs, the information required was maintained on the Federal agencies’ web sites; information was provided by program staff for the remaining seven DHHS programs.