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